8. Boating Emergencies

Boat Accident Reporting Requirements in Ohio

Boat operators who are involved in a collision or boat accident are required to: Stop their boat at the scene. Render assistance to any person who has been injured or who is in danger so long as they can do so without risking their safety or their passenger’s safety. Provide their name, address and boat […]

Boat Accident Reporting Requirements in Pennsylvania

A boat operator involved in a boating accident is required to: Stop their boat at the scene. Render assistance to any person who has been injured or who is in danger so long as they can do so without risking their safety or their passenger’s safety. Provide their name, address and boat information in writing, […]

Stages of Hypothermia and Cold Water Survival

If suffering from hypothermia, the victim’s core body temperature drops below normal levels, resulting in weakened muscular functions, reduced co-ordination and slowing of mental functions. A person suffering from hypothermia will exhibit progressive symptoms including: 1) Early stage: The victim is still conscious Shivering Slurred speech 2) Intermediate stage: The victim may be irrational, confused and sleepy and will […]

Running Aground Emergencies

Running Aground Step 1) Determine whether passengers and the vessel are in danger. Step 2) Immediately shift the motor to neutral. Step 3) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passengers are present and accounted for. Step 4) Ensure that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD. Step 5) Determine if there are other craft […]

Hypothermia and Cold Water Immersion

Hypothermia Hypothermia is a drop in core body temperature, caused by prolonged exposure to abnormally low temperatures. Hypothermia can be caused by: Immersion in cold water Exposure to cold air and wind while in water-soaked clothing Prolonged exposure to low water and air temperatures Hypothermia sets in when core body temperature drops below 35.0° Celsius […]

Distress Signals

Understanding and Using Distress Signals Pleasure craft operators must be able to recognize, use and properly exhibit distress signals as required by the Small Vessel Regulations. Depending on the size of your craft, and whether you are operating a power or sail-driven vessel, you are required to carry certain types of distress signals. Remember: It is […]

Collisions and Abandoning Ship

Collisions If your craft has been involved in a collision, perform the following: Step 1) Ensure that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD. Step 2) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passengers are present and accounted for. Step 3) Determine if there are other craft in the vicinity that may offer assistance. Step 4) […]

Boat Accident Reporting Requirements

Assisting Other Boaters If another boater is in distress, you are required to provide them with assistance, so long as helping them does not place you, your passengers or your boat in a dangerous position. This is the case if you are in an accident with another boat, if you see or hear a distress […]

Safety Tips for Hunters and Anglers

Hunters and Anglers as Boaters Hunting and fishing are sports that have a variety of safety rules and regulations. However, participants of these sports must remember that when they’re hunting or fishing from a boat, they’re considered to be boaters and must also follow the rules and regulations for safe boat operation.   Accident Risks […]

Fighting a Boat Fire

Fighting a Boat Fire Fire emergencies can be caused by a number of factors, including: Engine malfunctions; A fire in the galley; Or, the insufficient ventilation of an enclosed engine compartment. If a fire or explosion occurs on your boat, you can lessen the severity of the emergency by being properly prepared for it. Prepare […]