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The Keys to Safe Boating in 2015

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A great day on the water can turn bad quickly. Boating safety begins long before you reach the water and planning ahead is necessary for a safe day.

Boating these days is seldom a peaceful day on the water and demands 100% attention of the boat operator.

Boating accident fatality averages indicate as high as 85% were not wearing a life jacket.

Here are some of keys to a safe year of boating in 2015:

  • Wear your life Jacket 100% of the time in the winter, cold water kills!
  • Know and follow the boating "Rules of the Road".
  • Always be alert, respectful and boat sober.
  • Be aware of predicted weather conditions and possible hazards.
  • Carry all required safety devices and know their location in your boat.

Boat operation requires a person with the knowledge and ability to make a split second decision to save a life or avoid an accident. Never let and inexperienced person operate a water craft.

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