For many of us at the Jersey Shore, summer days are enjoyed out on the water; fishing, riding jet skis or relaxing on a boat. With the increased amount of vessels in our waters during the summer months, being alert and prepared are crucial to keeping everybody safe.
According to the most recent data from the United States Coast Guard, there were 122 boating accidents in New Jersey in 2015. During that time, 8 people died in boating accidents in our state, and 64 were injured. While enjoying ocean, bays, rivers and lakes this summer, there are several things you can do to make safety a priority:
• A Boating Safety Certificate is mandatory to operate a vessel in New Jersey. For more information on certification courses and licensing information please visit:
• Wear a life vest. It might seem inconvenient to wear one, but life vests can save lives. Even if you are a great swimmer, if an accident should occur you could be injured and unable to swim or keep yourself afloat.
• Avoid alcohol use when boating. Staying alert and being aware of others around you, can play a big part in avoiding a collision. According to the data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, when the primary cause of a fatal boating accident was known, alcohol use was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of cases, making it the top leading factor of fatal boating accidents.
• Designate a person to watch what’s going on behind your boat while towing anybody on a tube, kneeboard or water skis.
• Keep your boating vessel in good repair and your safety equipment up to date. Please view this helpful checklist from the NJ State Police Marine Services Bureau to make sure you have what you’ll need in case of emergency.
The members of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks, wish you a safe and fun summer. If you or a loved one is involved in a watercraft related accident contact us for a free initial consultation to see how we can be of help to you.