ORRINGTON — It’s important to be safe while you’re boating because it can be extremely dangerous and this is one of the most dangerous times of the year for boaters in Maine.
According to Sgt. Alan Gillis, boating under the influence is one of the leading cause of accidents.
“Most of our watercraft accidents that occur can be related to alcohol and poor operation, so that gets back to we strongly encourage people to leave the alcohol at home and when you operate, operate sober,” Gillis said.
The safest way to be out on the boat is to be sober, and not be intoxicated while you’re out driving your boat around.
Along with not driving watercraft under the influence, simple safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket can go a long way.
Wearing a life jacket is easy. They’re lightweight easy to put on. And while some people say they aren’t cool or may not be convenient, Gillis said they can save your life.
“In my experience in 27 years now, in all the watercraft-related drownings I’ve been with, been to or been associated with could have been prevented with the use of life jackets,” he said.
Bangor resident Thomas Ivers said not wearing a life jacket isn’t an option for him.
“When you’re my age, you don’t swim as good as you used to. When the motor is running you should have it on at all times,” he said.
So to recap Gillis, no drinking. Wear a life jacket and register your boat. And have have fun.