Cheryl Rowehl of Atlantic Marine Depot offers tips to avoid common dangers boaters should avoid
CENTER MORICHES, NY // July 26, 2020 – Long Island’s bays have been a popular way for boaters to reignite their passion for the outdoors. With the hot summer months among us, Rowehl reminds boaters to keep safety at the forefront of their marine adventures.
The United States Coast Guard, along with bay constables and police marine units throughout Long Island will be working to ensure that boaters safely enjoy their time on the water. Marine law enforcement focus on boat operators who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Rowehl suggests that families and friends designate a boat operator who does not drink at all. For boaters who intend to have only a few drinks, “Remember, that a 150lb person can assimilate .02% BAC per hour, which equates to one glass of wine, or bottle of beer.” Rowehl is talking about blood alcohol content. A person who has three drinks in one hour, will need to wait an additional two hours to assimilate all three drinks (a total of three hours). Across the nation, boating while intoxicated is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents. Often, the reason time on the water turns deadly is because the boating accident victims weren’t wearing a life jacket.
Rowehl offered a few safety tips for boaters this summer:
Leave the alcoholic on the shore. BWI is the same as DWI.
Make sure all boaters are wearing a life jacket.
Follow no wake zone rules.
Put your phone away. Distracted boaters are a leading cause of boating accidents.
Take a boating safety course.
Be sure to select waters that you are familiar with and conditions which match your boating experience and vessel capabilities.
For more information about marine supply and other safety equipment for boats, follow Atlantic Marine Depot at www.atlanticmarinedepot.com