Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – Public safety is the number one goal of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, authorities are enforcing boating safety on drivers on the water.
Boating safety is a priority for FWC officials as they head into the busy boating season. They advise boat and jet ski operators, as well as their passengers, to learn CPR and know how to swim.
“A common mistake we see is that they have life jackets on board, but they don’t have the right ones. A child should have the right life jacket for a child’s size, not an adult life jacket, ”said Robert Ramos, FWC public information officer.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in young children. In the first three months of 2021, 19 children drowned here in Florida.
“In 2019, the last year of full data, we had over 400 people in the state of Florida who drowned. In 2019, there were over 1,200 emergency room visits for near-drowning events and over 400 of them were children, ”said Scott Rivkees, Florida State Surgeon General.
FWC officials say the majority of accidents that happen on a boat are completely preventable.
“We want to educate people. The very important part of taking a Boater Safety Educator Course, anyone born after January 1, 1988, must take a Boater Safety Course. You can do it in one day, you can take it online for free at our website, myfwc.com. said Officer Ramos.
Officer Ramos says 60% of the deaths in the last year were from people who had never had formal boating training.
“One of the main causes of ship accidents is that the operator failed to ensure adequate monitoring. They weren’t looking where they were going, ”Constable Ramos said.
The rules for alcohol are very similar to those for a vehicle.
“The same tolerance of 0.08 for ships applies, but as for vehicles. What we want to tell the public is to go out and have a good time, but appoint an operator who is going to put up with the drinking, ”Ramos said.
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