It sounds like one of the most basic, common-sense safety procedures that you can follow when you’re boating. Everyone knows that wearing a life jacket when you’re boating will help you in the event that there’s a boating accident. In some cases, you may even be able to get a discount on your boat insurance if you always wear a life jacket while you’re out on your boat.
Just about any boating accident is going to result with you in the water, doing your best to survive. Unless you’re within a few hundred feet of shore, your chances of survival after a boating accident without a life jacket are relatively small.
Part of the reason for this survivability issue is that when you fall out of a boat, you’re likely to sustains some injury or another. This may hamper your ability to swim or even tread water. If you’re ejected from a boat without a life jacket, you have to depend on a quick rescue just to make it back to shore alive.
Here are some basic boating statistics from 2006 that may interest you:
There are other reasons to wear a life jacket while boating. Consider the following:
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