WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana had 58 open water drownings in 2013. To combat this, Indiana Conservation Officers are offering boaters useful tips for a safe summer on the water.
Lt. Kenton Turner, Indiana’s boating law administrator, said many drownings are preventable by wearing a life jacket.
“Accidents on the water can happen too fast to reach and put on a life jacket that is stowed away,” Turner told News 18 in a release.
Turner said it is important that everyone on the water wears a life jacket.
“There is no reason why you, your family and friends can’t have fun on the water while also wearing a life jacket,” said Turner.
As part of National Safe Boating week, which runs May 17-23, ICOs want to familiarize residents with state boating laws and remind Hoosiers of the following safety tips.
1. Always wear your life jacket.
2. Never sit on the gunwale (sides) of a motorboat while in motion.
3. Do not ride on the bow decking of a motorboat while in motion.
4. Never tow a skier or tuber without an observer.
5. Pay attention to marker buoys and idle zone restricted areas.
6. If over 21, consume alcoholic beverages in moderation (0.08 is the legal limit).
7. Use navigational lights and anchor lights between sunset and sunrise.
8. Obey the night time speed limit of 10 mph on all inland lakes.
If you would like to view the Indiana Boating Guide, click here.
If you need assistance from a Conservation Officer, call 812-837-9536.