In the United States, there are more than 11 million registered boats. In most cases, boating experiences are positive and create lasting memories. However, even the most enjoyable times can easily become deadly once boaters fail to become vigilant about boat safety at all times.
One of these three things may happen once a good day on the water becomes tragic, as per the U.S. Coast Guard:
- A boat capsizes
- A boat passenger falls overboard
- A boat accidentally hits an object or another boat.
In 2017 alone, there were 4,291 boating accidents reported by the U.S. Coast Guard. In this figure, 658 involved deaths, 2,629 involved injuries and around $46 million worth of damage to property.
What Happens If You Fall Off The Boat In Frigid Water
If a person is exposed to water that is below 79 degrees for too long, that individual will experience hypothermia. The body will cool 25 times faster when in cold water than when in cold air, as per the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association. If you fall in frigid water, you are at risk of dying even if you are wearing life jackets.