Darwin Awards are given to people whose lack of common sense often removes them from the gene pool. And the award goes to...SafeBoater
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you Nine Darwin Awards for boaters as compiled by www.safeboater.com, a Canadian website dedicated to teaching safe boating skills.
You should always wear a lifejacket or a personal floatation device, known as a PFD.
Why? The majority of drowning victims could have been saved if they took the time to wear a lifejacket. Each person on your boat should wear a PFD that fits them snugly and securely. This simple step really does save lives.
And the Darwin Award Goes to…
In 2001, a Montana man decided to take part in a new extreme boating sport: “Snowmoboating”. That’s right. He actually used his snowmobile to glide across the surface of the lake, just like skipping a stone across a pond. But this man’s hydroplaning adventure ended in tragedy when the snowmobile lost momentum and sank. Sadly, the man wasn’t wearing a lifejacket, and drowned within minutes while his friends watched helplessly from the shore.
The Bottom Line: Wearing a lifejacket can save even the most stupid of water sport enthusiasts.