Some people choose to practice their social distancing by getting out onto the water. But with all the recent storms, that’s dangerous. One woman visiting New Orleans lost her life on Lake Pontchartrain in a boating accident. NOLA.com reports.
On Thursday of last week, two people took out a bay boat onto the lake in the afternoon. They headed back to shore well after nightfall after a storm hit, but the boat capsized and threw both of them into the water.
The man was found with a flotation device tucked under his arm, but the woman wasn’t able to put on her life vest before she was thrown into the water, according to the authorities. The man was found the next morning. The woman’s body was found a few hours later.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating the accident.
Yes, life vests may be bulky and hot, but they may be the only thing that keeps you alive in a boating accident. Even if you can swim, putting one on after you’re in the water is hard to do. But if you wear one and fall in, you can float back to shore and conserve your energy.
They are as important as wearing a seatbelt. Always wear your life vest if you’re going out on the water.
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