Coast Guard Stats Reflect Importance of PFDs

Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Coast Guard.
Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) annual boating accident statistics for 2013 speak for themselves in terms of the importance of wearing a personal floatation device, or PFD. Of 398 boater drowning deaths reported nationwide in 2013, 328 victims were not wearing a PFD.

“More important than having a life jacket for each passenger is wearing the life jacket. You should be wearing one because a situation can arise quickly that’s unanticipated,” said Dave Pierce of Norwalk’s Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72. “For children you have to be sure that they haven’t outgrown last year’s jacket, they need to be in good working order with no rips or fraying.”