FLORIDA– Winknews.com writes that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is working to warn others of the dangers involved in drunk boating. This year, boating has become a popular pastime as people look for ways to entertain themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The greater number of boats in the water is increasing the risks involved in boating under the influence.
The mother of a young man who died in a boat crash has joined the organization to help warn about the dangers of drinking and boating. MADD is now celebrating the life of the victim as his mother uses his story to warn others of the need to use caution on the water. The victim was 23 years old at the time of his death. Approximately twenty minutes prior to the tragic crash, the victim took a photo of himself holding a fish. Later that same day, his mother would arrive in the hospital to find him so severely injured that she was unable to recognize him. The young man passed away later that day. This week, MADD is holding a socially distanced boating tournament in honor of the victim. The only goal, according to the organization, is to eliminate fatalities caused by impaired drivers and boaters.
Florida is a popular place for recreational boating. The high number of boats in the area has led to the state also becoming the location of the highest number of boat-related fatalities in the country. Alcohol is just one of the factors that contribute to deadly boat crashes. Safety advocates remind anyone going out on the water to wear a lifejacket at all times. Even strong swimmers may suffer injuries in a boat crash that will impair their ability to swim. The majority of people killed in water-related accidents die from drowning, and most of those victims were not using life jackets at the time of their deaths.
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