Important safety tips for boating

WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — There are many dangers lurking under the water.Often mistakes we make in the boat, lead to trouble.

Bodies of water contains obstacles that can challenge any boater.

A child swimming by, floating trees, shallow water — all can pose problems to boaters. Drivers and passengers are always in danger of falling overboard if caught offguard.

“First, you don’t need to panic. Secondly, if someone does fall over board, slow the boat down, get everybody to sit down and then go from there,” said Phillip Beasley at Duskin Point Marina in Walker County.

Smith Lake dive team member Charlie Boyer says plan for the worst.

For example if you fell in the water right now, it’s a chilly 50 degrees.

“It’s gonna take your breath away when you head pops up keep your wits about you,” Boyer said.

Make your way to the rear of the boat , because you only have about two minutes before your clothes start to weigh you down, making it extremely hard to pull yourself back into the boat.

“If you’re in the boat try to throw another life jacket or cushion, because if you have something to hold onto you automatically feel safer,” said Boyer.

Both say if you’re not prepared it can be fatal.

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