Emergency officials offer boater safety tips after pontoon capsizes in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – After 15 people went overboard during a boating accident in Ocean City city, emergency officials are reminding people about the importance of being safe while out on the water. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resource Police, hundreds of people are killed from boating accidents every year. But they say these accidents can be prevented with just a few simple precautions. They say number one, absolutely do not drink and drive if you’re operating the boat. They also tell 47 ABC that no matter what make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket and do not put more people on the boat than it can handle. Officials add that while they want everyone to have fun on the water, these are critical precautions that can stand between life and death.
“It’s very very dangerous I mean you saw yesterday the boat capsized and that could happen to anything. We want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable time out on the water we want them to respect the laws of the state of Maryland on the waters following the speed zones, regulations and make sure you have all of your PFD’s and the safety equipment that are required on the boats,” said Officer Charles Tyler with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.
Officials add that if you see anyone driving or boating recklessly on the water you’re asked to call the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 410-213-0463.