So far, three people have drowned in Nebraska lakes this month; a stark reminder to residents to be careful when on the water.
State Boating Law Administrator, Herb Angell wants people to enjoy their lake-time, but also to be aware of the many state laws concerning water safety, expecially those centered aronud life-jackets.
“If you’re boating, anyone under the age of 13 has to wear a life-jacket all the time.” Angell tells Nebraska Radio Network. “If you’re being pulled on a tube, or water ski or that type towing device, you have to wear a life-jacket no matter how old you are.” Angell says about 80% of all victims who drown in boating accidents could have been saved if they had worn life-jackets.
Another good safety tip; leave the booze at home. “Water and alchohol are just not a good mix.” according to Angell, “it it really isn’t.” He warns people can be arrested or ticketed for boating over the limit, just like when behind the wheel.
Angell blames a long winter and short spring for many people forgetting lake safety basics. For them, Angell recommends the wide varierty of safety courses offered by Nebraska Game and Parks . To find them, just go to outdoor nebraska.org.