Boating Emergencies, Risks, and Rescue Techniques
When you go boating, you will encounter hazards and risks. It's important to make a boating emergency less likely to happen
by taking the proper precautions; but, it's equally important to be prepared
and know what to do if an emergency occurs. Risks include natural stressors such as the glare and heat of the sun. The best way to minimize the risk of dehydration is to drink plenty of water—before, during, and after any water activities.
Remember, most accidents are preventable. Approximately 70% of all boating fatalities are drownings, and most
of those fatalities could have been avoided. Ninety percent of drowning
victims are not wearing a life jacket—drownings are rare when boaters
are wearing an appropriate PFD. Minimize your risk of drowning by wearing your PFD!
Also, alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities. Avoid alcohol.