Anchor yourself to safety — mentally and physically
Hair blowing, engine roaring, waves moving and music booming. What more can you ask for?
Boating is a fun activity, but without proper precaution, dangers can arise. The National Safety Council notes each year, about 74 million people go boating. This large number of people means boat-traffic is common on the water, putting injuries at a higher risk.
“Despite taking other precautions, a life jacket may still be the difference that will save the life of even skilled swimmers,” he says.
Sadly, Dr. Hampton knows this from first hand-experience, after his family tragically lost a loved one in a January 2018 boating accident. His 44-year-old cousin died after falling out of a small boat without a life jacket while fishing with his two young sons.
Dr. Hampton’s cousin was an outdoorsman, respected athlete and far from the typical profile of someone who would become a drowning victim. The tragic event serves as a reminder that even experience won’t prevent panic or allow a boater to see what’s under the surface of the water.
“From our family to yours, we strongly encourage you to always use a life jacket when enjoying water-related activities,” Dr. Hampton says. “It may be all the insurance you will need to ensure no one in your family becomes a victim of drowning.”
Check out these 6 tips to keep in mind on your next excursion:
About the Author
Kelsey Andeway, health e-news contributor, is a public affairs intern at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a senior at Loyola University Chicago earning a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys dancing, baking, and taking long walks with her Chocolate Lab.