In just over a week, there have been four drownings in the state, and officials are looking hard for a reason. As the summer season kicks into high gear, the powers that be in North Carolina are urging people to remain vigilant as they head on and into the waters across the state. Officials have made note that each incident had very little in common, something that is raising even more concern.
On June 14, a woman lost her life after drowning in 2 feet of water.
On June 20, a kayaker died on the Catawba River.
One more person drowned after jumping from a bridge. Another’s body was found by a fisherman.
Even though drownings are raising a concern, law enforcement officials are quick to point out that there has been much more safety compliance as of late than in years past. There were very few citations written over the past holiday weekends, proving that people are taking safety more seriously.
According to Officer William Laton of the North Caroina Wildlife Resources Commission, “Education is key”. More safety checks will be conducted this year aboard vessels prior to them being allowed to head out to open waters. This is not to hinder anyone’s good time, but to help people understand what they are doing right and where they can improve in terms of safety.
If you plan on venturing to local shores and beaches this summer, or even out on a boat or jet ski, keep in mind that it is easier to drown than you may think. Accidents happen and the best way to prevent them is to be prepared.
Even if you know how to swim, never swim alone. The buddy system has been known to save countless lives. If you will be going out on a boat or jet ski, wear a properly-fitting life vest. A vest will keep your head above water, even after you tire of swimming or treading.
Before you leave for the beach, let people know your plans. Many people have been saved after boating accidents simply because they took the time to tell someone where they would be traveling. The “lake” or “river” is a big place…never assume that telling someone which body of water you will be on is enough.
If you are injured or have been injured in a boating or jet ski accident, you need a compassionate attorney on your side. Call our offices today for a free initial consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation that you may be entitled to.