Please be careful when you are out boating this summer. If you are driving others in your boat, it is important that you know that you are responsible for what happens while others are on your vessel. According to a Williamsport, PA area story, two people were recently charged in relation to a boating accident last summer. Within the Sun-Gazette article, it was noted that a man died after jumping off a moving boat in the Susquehanna River last summer. As a result, the operators of the boat were charged with a felony failure as operators involved in a boating accident, as well as reckless and negligent operation of a watercraft. Within the official investigation, it was noted that the people on board the boat had been drinking, and some were very intoxicated.
Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal. Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents. Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding. Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.