A Course for Safe Boating
Accident Prevention and Rescue
If a collision happens, people may have fallen overboard or your vessel may
be capsized or severely disabled. Take needed actions that are outlined
Capsizing or Sinking
on page 107 and
If you’re not involved in the collision, or if your vessel is not seriously
damaged, you should stand by to offer help.
If you need further help, use a radio or signaling device to call for help.
Be sure to warn other boats when people, debris or flammable liquids are
in the water.
An inexperienced personal watercraft operator (on her second trip) was riding
alongside a friend on another personal watercraft. The friend was slightly
ahead of her when he suddenly slowed down. She let off the throttle, trying
to slow down, but instead lost control of her craft. She slid sideways into her
friend. He sustained a fractured spinal cord, and was paralyzed from the waist
down. He also had serious head and chest injuries. She was thrown into the
water. The fall left her unconscious, but her life jacket kept her afloat.
1. Identify the mistakes that the people made and the proper actions they
could have taken.
2. What could these people have done differently to prevent this accident?
3. What steps could you take to rescue the victims and/or make the