According to the Today New’s Herald, a California man, Adnan Karaby, was injured after he fell off the bow of a pontoon boat and into the pathway of an oncoming motorboat. Karaby fell overboard after the pontoon boat encountered several waves. Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured, although he sustained multiple lacerations to his leg and dislocated his finger.
In the Stockton area and throughout California, April 1 marks the official beginning of boating season. Following a few safety tips can help prevent boating accidents such as Mr. Karaby’s, and help ensure the safety of California’s waterways.
Some guidelines covering California state park waterways in the Stockton area include:
• Don’t ride on the bow of any vessel.
• Have a personal flotation device for everyone on board the boat. Children under 12 must wear their life jackets.
• Obey speed limits – typically 35 mph in open areas and 5 mph in restricted areas.
• You must be 16 years old to drive a boat. Minors 12-15 can drive a boat if accompanied by an adult.
Boating can provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment. As a California boating accident attorney, I advise my clients to follow simple guidelines in order to ensure everyone on board has a fun, and safe, time on the water.