What accident causes the most deaths among boaters?
Falling overboard and capsizing. In a small boat, resist the urge to stand up. If you must move around, keep your weight low and balanced over the center of the craft.
Wear your life jacket. There should be one life jacket for each person in the boat.
Avoid collisions with a second boat by remembering:
- long hours in the sun causes fatique
- slower boats have the right away
- Indian Lake is a shallow lake with large open zone areas and changes in weather conditions can cause the lake to get rough quickly
- Observe the 10 miles/ hour speed limit for night boating.
If the weather turns rough, put on your life jacket, keep low in your boat, turn your boat into the waves at an angle, and head for the closest protected shore.
Children under 10 years of age on a boat less the 18′ must wear a PFD.
Flotation devices are not allowed at public beaches where life guards are on duty.
Before you leave on a boating or fishing trip, tell someone where you are going and when you will return. If you run into trouble, this will assist authorities in searching for you.