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#574053 - 07/29/20 02:19 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Make renters watch 5 minute safety video before renting


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#574054 - 07/29/20 03:35 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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We don't know what, if any, training was provided. However, I know for a fact that the rentals around here don't have anchors. Given that it was a very windy day, they should have at least been advised not to jump into the water. Of course, this then brings up the risk of swimmers in the water with someone at the wheel and the engine running.

With all of the novice boaters this year, I have been watching the various follies. Most notable was a guy last weekend who could not get his anchor to hold and kept drifting into other boats. He would pick up his anchor and move his boat (i.e. prop turning) and drag swimmers along that were hanging onto the swim platform. Scared the bejesus out of me to watch.

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#574056 - 07/29/20 06:10 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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"Weird that both of these happened on rentals. Can't help but wonder what can be done to resolve - some type of education for renters?"

I would imagine that renters should have been required to wear a flotation device. And, both were pontoons. These being pontoon boats, people might even assume they are a lot safer than a fiberglass hull.

If they are not already getting (or insufficient) safety information, watch the insurance companies come up with minimum safety requirements.

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#574057 - 07/29/20 06:47 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Maybe require them to throw out a 50' line with a float on the end when swimming.


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