Stay Safe On The Water This Summer

With more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, 3,000 miles of coastline, and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, few states can match the magnitude of water that Maine has to offer. Which is why boating adds approximately $150 million to the state’s economy each year. 

But with the scenic waterways comes a substantial number of boating accidents. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are approximately 5,000 recreational boating accidents in the United States annually, resulting in more than 750 fatalities and 3,500 injuries. Of the 750 deaths, on average over 500 include victims who drowned without wearing a life jacket. 

At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we see victims of boating accidents on a regular basis. That’s why we want to help educate boaters on how to be safe when on the open water. Because when it comes to boating safety, a little education can be the difference between life and death. 

• All motorized boats must carry a current registration sticker from the state.

• The age restriction for operating a personal watercraft, including a jet-ski is 16. Boaters between the ages of 16-18 must either be accompanied by an adult or have completed an approved education course and carry proof of completion.

• Every boat should have one life jacket per passenger on board.

• Carry an emergency kit and cell phone, and be sure to tell someone where you are headed and when you expect to return.

• Slow down when near other boats, swimmers, and those enjoying the water. Your consideration will allow others to have fun and remain safe.

• Most boating accidents are alcohol-related. Like driving a car, it is illegal to operate a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content level over .08.

• Educate yourself on basic water safety and boating rules. The U.S. Coast Guard strongly recommends that all boat owners take an official boater education course.

By following a few simple safety tips, boaters can enjoy their time on Maine’s waterways while ensuring safety for themselves and others.

Because at the end of the day, knowing you had a safe and relaxing day out on the water is fun in itself, especially if you don’t rock the boat. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating, swimming, or watersport activity, call the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein today for a free and confidential consultation. 

For more information on boating safety tips please visit: www.uscgboating.org 

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