Boating Safety

Boating Safety

As the dry summer weather lingers, boaters need a little extra vigilance when navigating ever-changing rivers and reservoirs as different hazards come into play when water levels change.

The Oregon State Marine Board reminders boaters that:

"…low water levels can create specific challenges that boaters need to be aware of. The dynamic landscape, especially in rivers, changes from week to week. It's important for boaters to be aware that what wasn't visible or dangerous a week ago, could be now, and to know how to alter their boat operation for a safe and enjoyable time on the water.”

Here’s what the Marine Board experts recommend to keep everyone safe on the water:

We’ll add one more thing to the Marine Board's list: take an emergency care training class so you’ll be ready to respond in case of a medical emergency. It’s especially important for boaters to include CPR in that training, as drowning can result in secondary cardiac arrest. With no incoming oxygen, the heart progressively becomes weaker until signs of life become difficult or impossible to assess.

If the heart is simply too weak to create obvious signs of life, immediate CPR, with an emphasis on effective rescue breaths, may be the only chance to restore a patient. When performing CPR on a drowning victim, get them as quickly and safely as possible onto solid ground. Expect vomiting when performing compressions. Do not attempt to expel water using abdominal thrusts.

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