My Husband is a Hero {Boating Safety}

We were packing up the last remaining decorations from Evan’s birthday party and something terrible happened.  About twenty feet from shore a full size bass boat flipped.

It was very weird.  A loud, unfamiliar gurgling caught my attention first.  I turned to look and saw the v-bottom of a boat and the propellor still spinning as the motor revved.  The feeling of confusion quickly morphed into horror as a man began franticly screaming.  Aaron did not even pause, he grabbed the boy’s lifejackets and ran to the water.  He jumped in and swam out to help.  Thankfully, the boat motor sucked enough water into the fuel line to stop the motor and the spinning blades before he arrived at the boat.  The smell of gas made my nose burn.  Aaron grabbed the man, who could not swim and was not wearing a lifejacket, and swam him to shore.  There were ten other teenagers and adults clinging to the side of the overturned boat, but they could all swim and made their way to the shore.  Aaron and another local man swam the boat to the shore and turned it upright.

The accident could have been so much worse.  Someone could have gotten hit by the propellor or been trapped under the boat.    As you know, Aaron is a psychiatric RN and he used his training to calm the man down when he reached him.  Aaron also took a lifeguard class in college and knew exactly how to safely swim the man to shore.  Aaron was in the perfect place at the perfect time to save that man’s life.

Even though no one was injured, the boat was a total loss.  The accident could have been prevented.

First, you must have lifejackets in the boat for every single adult and children should be wearing a properly fitting lifejacket at all times.  Also, if you cannot swim you should also wear a lifejacket at all times.  When Aaron helped flip the boat over, there were no lifejackets in the boat.  What if they would have been in the middle of the lake when the boat flipped?  What if there was not a person on the shore that knew how to rescue a drowning victim?

Second, always refer to the boat manufacture for how many people can safely travel in your boat.  Usually, there is a sticker located on the inside that displays the maximum weight the boat can safely accommodate.  The number is not there to spoil your fun.  The number is there to protect you.  There were eleven adults on the flipped boat.  Even a large bass boat cannot handle that much weight safely.

Third, no matter how much fun you are having, always drive your boat safely.  I don’t recall seeing the boat drive wildly, but if the driver was going a little slower and paying closer attention, even the overloaded boat would not have flipped.  It does not matter how many times you have driven your boat or how familiar you are with the lake, reckless behavior always results in disaster.

I am so proud of Aaron.  He had no idea what he was fixing to encounter, but he ran toward the accident.  He swam out and risked his life to save a stranger without a second thought.  Also, Aaron is very embarrassed I shared this story and asked me not to write this, so don’t tell him.

Comments

  1. bonnie peoples says:

    I think he should get a write up in the paper for starters and then give him something that he can remember it by, he really is a hero.

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