We’re forever-changed families and friends impacted by boating and open water tragedies. We want to share our stories to educate others about boating and water safety, so our stories never become another family’s story.
We are the “why” behind the “what” of boating and water safety. That one moment that changed our families forever could have been prevented. A life jacket. A propeller guard. An aware boat operator. An engine cut-off device.
76% of boating deaths due to drowning
84.5% of victims NOT wearing a life jacket
81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
19% of deaths where the primary cause was alcohol as the leading factor
Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers
31 lives were lost due to propeller strike
172 accidents with at least one person struck by a propeller
1 in 3 of all boating injuries occurred in boat operators over the age of 35
It’s a tough read, but so worth it. Each family believed that drowning was something that happened to other people. Then suddenly, without warning, we became “other people.” It happens every day. To good families. To protective families. To normal families. Families like ours. Families like yours. That one moment that changed our families forever could have been prevented. A life jacket. A propeller guard. An aware boat operator. An engine cut-off device. Learn from these stories and stay safe on the water.