Brushing Up On Boating Safety

Brushing Up On Boating Safety


EXPERTS SAY THAT’S NOT THE ONLY WAY — OR THAT’S NOT THE ONLY THREAT ON THE WATERWAYS. CBS 2’S JESSICA LAYTON HAS MORE. Reporter: THE PURR OF ENGINES COULD BE HEARD ACROSS THE GREAT SOUTH BAY ON LONG ISLAND’S SOUTH SHORE. THOUSANDS OF BOATERS ARE LINING THE CANALS AND DOCKS GEARING UP FOR THEIR HOLIDAY PLANS ON THE WATER. GETTING THE BOAT READY FOR THE SEASON. Reporter: FOR THIS EDUCATOR, IT MEANS CHECKING TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS READY SAFETY-WISE FOR HIS GUESTS WHEN HE TAKES THE HELM THIS WEEKEND. JUST BEING COGNIZANT OF EVERY — EVERY — ALL THE SURROUNDINGS AND EVERYONE THAT’S AROUND YOU TO PREVENTFULLY SORT OF ACCIDENT TO MINIMIZE THE RISK. Reporter: THERE IS GRADE RISK. LAST YEAR POLICE RECORDED 14 BOAT ACCIDENTS IN THE GREAT SOUTH BAY, ONE PERSON WAS KILLED, AND 5 INJURED. AT THE BAY SHORE DOCK, POLICE SHOWED OFF THE VESSELS THEY WILL USE TO WATCH FOR UNSAFE DRIVERS ESPECIALLY THOSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. BESIDES THE COUNTY BOATS, ISLIP IS ADDING ITS HARBOR BOAT AND A DOZEN MARINE PATROL OFFICERS. THE POLICE COMMISSIONER SAID INTOXICATED BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT NO MERCY. IF YOU MAKE A DECISION TO DRINK AND DRIVE, WE WILL ARREST YOU. Reporter: BUT OPERATOR ERROR BY SOBER CAPTAINS IS INVOLVED IN HALF OF ALL BOATING ACCIDENTS. SUFFOLK COUNTY MANDATES OPERATORS TAKE A SAFETY COURSE, STATEWIDE NO LICENSE IS REQUIRED. GEORGE FONTAINE TEACHES BOAT SAFETY. HE POINTS TO THE CAPSIZING FIVE YEARS AGO IN OYSTER BAY OF A FAMILY BOAT WHERE THREE CHILDREN DIED WHEN THE WATERS WERE OVERCROWDED. THERE’S NO BRAKES ON A BOAT. OKAY? SO YOU DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND RUN ALONG 15 KNOTS AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN STOP DEAD. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. FONTAINE SAYS THE NUMBER ONE SAFETY MUST FOR ANY HOLIDAY BOATER IS TO HAVE PLENTY OF LIFE-SAVING FLOTATION DEVICES ON BOARD.

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