The wind in hair, the sun on your face, boating is a favorite summer past time.
But it can also be the most dangerous.
"The river is a different animal and there are a lot of different dangers out here than there are on lakes and a lot of people don't take that into consideration," Quincy Firefighter Michael Dade said. "When you fall into the river you are in danger of being taken under and taken down stream very quickly."
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 2012 more than 500 people died from injuries suffered in a watercraft accident. The number one cause of death was drowning. The Quincy Fire Department says you can decrease that number by preparing you boat.
"We just want to remind people to be proactive," Dade said. "When you're going out and thinking about having fun you want to think about safety first so that you can have fun with that piece of mind."
Your boat should be stocked with; enough life jackets for every passenger on board, a whistle, a flotation device with 50 foot of rope attached to it, paddles or ores, and if boating at night you must have navigation lights. (Get more boat safety tips, here.)
Understanding how to navigate your boat and the body of water it's on is a must.
"People have to be careful and know what they're doing," firefighter Jerry Smith said. "Know where the sandbars are, dikes and obviously know where the shallow areas are also."
If an emergency does happen when you're out on the river, QFD is only a phone call away and they're prepared for water rescue.
"We have boat operators that know this river very well and know this boat really well," Dade said. "We also have certified divers and again we do extensive training on all aspects of water rescue."
If a passenger falls out the boat don't jump in after them or try to pull them back in the boat with your hands.
'A lot of would be rescuers get pulled in and become victims themselves," Dade said.
Use the reach, throw, row and go method. Throw a floating device out to them and try to pull them in. No matter what the scenario, if someone goes overboard dial 911.
"We would rather be called early to an emergency and not be needed than to be called late and instead of a rescue we're working on a body recovery," Dade said.
The best way you can prevent that scenario from happening is ...
"... Prepare, prepare, prepare for safety before you get out on the water," Dade said.
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