“I am just happy that my husband and I were in the right place at the right time and able to assist the boaters. Our efforts are nothing compared to the daily heroism of the men and women serving our state as volunteer ambulance and rescue personnel. I am grateful for their devotion and would like to thank them for their service,” said the assemblywoman.
According to the American Boating Association, there were nearly 5,200 boating accidents across the country, accounting for 3,673 injuries and 685 deaths (statistics as of 2007). The number of accidents, injuries and deaths has significantly dropped over the last decade due to increased efforts and awareness for boating safely.
The assemblywoman cautions, “Driving a boat under the influence is just as dangerous as driving a car drunk. Alcohol is the number one factor in boating accident fatalities. Luckily, these six boaters are alive, but not everyone is so lucky. I very strongly encourage everyone to think about the risks before they drink and go boating.”