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Oklahoma Boating Safety Tips

Most boating accidents and fatalities are not weather related. Fatalities typically occur in open boats on inland waters when visibility and weather are good. Below is a list of boating accidents that commonly occur. The U.S. Coast Guard has provided tips on how to prevent the specific accident and if an accident should happen what to do.

Swamping and Capsizing

Swapping is when a boat fills with water, while capsizing is when a boat turns over or on its side.

To prevent the chance of swamping or capsizing do the following:

If you happen to swamp or capsize make sure to:

If your boat floats away or sinks:


A boat collision is when a boat collides with another object such as another boat, personal water craft, bridge, dock, etc. Collisions can cause serious damage not only to the boat, but also cause catastrophic injury or death to passengers. Collisions are unfortunately becoming more common due to faster boats and crowded waterways.

It is every boat operator's responsibility to avoid a collision. Operators can prevent collisions by:

Falling Overboard

Most injuries and fatalities due to falling overboard could have been avoided if victims had worn their PFDs.

To prevent people from falling overboard you should not allow anyone onboard to:

If someone does fall overboard on your boat you need to immediately:

Running Aground

If you run aground while traveling at high speed, the impact can cause major damage to your boat along with serious injury to you and your passengers.

Knowing your boating environment is the best way to prevent running aground. You should become familiar with the locations of submerged objects and shallow water. When boating you must always be aware that the location of shallow hazards will change as the water level rises and falls. It is important to be able to read a depth chart to determine your position and depth of water.

If you run your boat aground and the impact does not cause a leak, follow these steps to try to get loose:

Fire Emergencies

To help prevent a fire on your boat:

If a fire starts while you are boating, follow these steps:

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