Boat Safety Tips
POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:31pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
In Florida three men are assumed dead and one NFL player's 2 day survival in the waters of the Gulf is being called a miracle.
Closer to home on South Padre Island, thousands of fisherman hit the waters daily.
What safety measures should you take to keep safe on the waters?
The Coast Guard recommends a few basic things that could end up keeping you alive long enough to be rescued. One of the key items that US Coast Guard Petty Officer David Cantu says is needed is an anti exposure suit.
This piece of clothing will protect you from getting hypothermia in the chilly Gulf waters.
Also a key item, a little expensive, is a raft. The Coast Guard says they can cost in the thousands, but it's something again that will protect you from the chilly Gulf waters that can get into the 50's.
The most important item to find someone who has capsized is an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.
This device is water proof and the best way for the coast guard to find you. They also say to have flares aboard to signal distress. If your going on out your boat for the day tell someone actually where you're going, and what time you will be back.