|Harrisburg, PA – The
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) strongly encourages boaters to wear their life jackets on
cold Pennsylvania waters.
Despite a drastic decline in boating fatalities from 2006, the PFBC stresses
the dangers of not wearing a life jacket, especially in cold water where sudden immersion (cold water
shock) can kill a boater within seconds of submersion. The PFBC encourages boaters to be safe on the
water by wearing their life jackets and taking a safe boating course.
many people are still dying because they don’t recognize the danger of cold water,” PFBC Boating and Access
Director Dan Martin said. In every fatal accident in 2007, except one, cold water shock was a probable
factor. The vast majority of the fatalities happened when a small boat capsized or the victim fell overboard.
sad thing is that all the fatalities were preventable,” Martin said.
The number one way to be safe on the water
is to wear a life jacket. Eighty percent of all recreational boating fatalities could be prevented if
the victim had been wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket at the time of the accident. Only two
of the boating accident victims in 2007 were wearing a life jacket at the time of the mishap that resulted
in their death. None of the victims were known to have taken a boating safety course.
Learn how to become
a more responsible boater by visiting the Water & Ice Safety page of the PFBC
website and always remember...
BE SAFE. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET.