Staying Safe in Rough Waters

The ocean is one of the most beautiful and wild places on planet Earth, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Injuries and deaths on the water are all too common. That’s why water safety is a critical part of boating, whether you’re on the water for work or pleasure.

If you’ve been injured on the water, navigating courts, lawyers, and judges that come next can be challenging, emotional, and confusing. Don’t worry; we’re here to help.

Here at Latti & Anderson in Boston, MA, we have over 60 years of experience supporting our clients throughout the process of pursuing compensation in maritime injury cases. Call us today for your nationwide free case consultation.

Marine Safety Tips for Recreational Boater

Following these marine safety tips can reduce the risk of accidental injury and help you stay safe on the water.

Check the Weather

First and foremost, always check the weather and forecast before you head out. If there’s going to be a storm, postpone your trip for later. If you’re unable to delay, be sure you have the correct safety gear and alter your course to avoid rough water. 

Perform Regular Safety Checks

Performing regular maintenance and safety checks is crucial to staying safe on the water. Before leaving the dock, check every piece of equipment to ensure it’s functioning properly. Take the time to make emergency plans.

Stay Vigilant

Staying safe on a boat requires you to remain alert at all times. The greater your situational awareness, the more likely you’ll be to spot a potential issue and fix it before somebody gets injured.

Check All Communication Equipment

Before you head out, you should always check your communication equipment. That includes marine radios, cell phones, GPS, even satellite phones, if you have one. If you ever get stranded or break down, having working communication equipment can mean the difference between life and death.

Only have an Experience Operator Navigate the Boat

The Captain/Operator of the boat should always be someone with experience in the waters where the boat is operating and experience operating that particular boat.  There are many courses that the United States Coast Guard offers regarding navigation, operation, and safety.  There are many videos, books, and online courses regarding the safety, navigation, and operation of boats.

Call Experienced Maritime Injury Lawyers

No matter the size or type of marine vessel you’re on, staying safe is the number one priority. Sadly, accidents can still happen. But if you’ve been injured on the water or lost a loved one, you don’t have to go through the process alone.

We have deep experience in maritime and admiralty law. Our supportive and responsive team has helped people just like you pursue justice for over six decades. Contact Latti & Anderson today to schedule your free case consultation.