Always Wear a Lifejacket

Darwin Awards are given to people whose lack of common sense often removes them from the gene pool. And the award goes to...

Always Wear a Lifejacket

Always Wear a Lifejacket

By: SafeBoater

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you Nine Darwin Awards for boaters as compiled by, 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.

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