One of the most popular activities in our area is going out on a boat. Whether we are talking about inshore fishing, deep-sea fishing, or just taking a ride, boating can be a lot of fun. However, many people do not realize how dangerous boating can be if things are not done right. The other issue is that many people who enjoy boating do so via rental, charter or on a friend’s vessel. In other words, they have little control of the safety of the boat on which they are riding.
Every year in South Florida, there is an added emphasis put on Safe Boating Week. Concern has been heightened this year following the high-profile death of Marlins staff ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. Unfortunately, many serious or fatal boating accidents involve the operator being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Continue reading →