Before Boating Check the Weather

The following Boater Darwin Award goes to a man whose life may have been saved had he simply looked at the weather forecast.

Before Boating Check the Weather

Check the Weather

By: SafeBoater

You should always check the most recent weather conditions before taking your boat out into the waters. Knowing what kind of weather you may face will help you be prepared and have a safer experiences. The television, the internet and radio forecast are all great sources of information.

The following Boater Darwin Award as compiled by www.safeboater.com goes to a man whose life may have been saved had he simply looked at the weather forecast.

And the Darwin Award goes to…

In 2003, Hurricane Isabel ravaged parts of Virginia. Most Virginia residents knew that the storm was coming… but not “Blumpkin”, a university rugby captain who thought it would be fun to take a canoe ride down the river. Winds were gusting at over 50 MPH, and the waters were churning violently… but Blumpkin was undeterred. Poor Blumpkin. If only he had checked the weather before he left, he might have not been caught in the storm that capsized his boat and took his life.

The Bottom Line: If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

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