Many people in Louisiana are recreational boating enthusiasts. Recreational boating, though fun for most, may also be dangerous if the proper safety measures are not taken. The perils of the sea must never be ignored by anyone who wishes to go out on a boating trip. Local authorities issue safety warnings and awareness programs every year to make the public aware of the requisite boating safety measures.
Although many have dreamed of a cruising the sea while on vacation or just for fun, not many individuals may think of the sea as being similar to the roads on which they drive on every day. The idea of a voyage sounds more exciting than a long drive; equally, a boating accident may appear to be more horrific than one involving motor vehicles. However, offshore injuries are as likely to be more egregious than those suffered on land and also can be fatal.
Penalties for drunk driving a boat are similar to those involving a car or truck. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division, every weekend many boaters are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officials arrest these intoxicated boaters to try to prevent offshore injuries.
For three teenagers from a Louisiana town, it was a weekend fun boating trip that turned a tad too adventurous. The three boys had gone to a nearby river for fishing when they heard loud screams. Two boats had collided; as a result of the impact, around 12 passengers fell into the river, causing offshore injuries. On hearing the cries for help, the boys rushed to the scene and stayed until the fisheries and fire departments arrived at the scene of the accident. What prevented the tragedy from escalating was the inherent skills of the teenagers in the face of danger. In fact, one of them had just passed a lifeguard test.
Five people had to be rescued by emergency workers after the tugboat they were operating capsized near the Port of New Orleans. Although none of the five men sought medical attention or suffered from serious injuries, boating accidents can be very devastating.