2013 has seen a total of 30 water related deaths in Georgia to date, consisting of 22 drowning and the remaining 8 linked to boating accidents. A reported 68 boating related accidents have been reported to date as well.
The Tobesofkee Recreation Director says to follow the most important and most basic of boating rules; make sure that there are enough life vests for all parties aboard the vessel and that child under the age of 13 wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.
While the numbers for 2013 seem high South Georgia law enforcement says this has been one of the safest summers on the water. There has been a greater ranger presence the last few years making more frequent checks of boater licenses and safety equipment to ensure that everyone is having a safe and fun time while out boating. Rangers also warned boaters that a minimum of 100 feet distance should be kept between crafts
Along with a decrease in boating accidents rangers say that they have had fewer arrests for drivers being under the influence of alcohol while operating a boat (BUI) on Georgia waterways. There is no alcohol allowed on the water to help reduce the risk of boating accidents.
But accidents do occur and if you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident contact the office of Foy & Associates for a Free Case Evaluation.