By Capt. Carl Kelly
Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), life jackets, have saved the lives of boaters who capsized in rough water, were sinking in unexpected heavy seas, were thrown from their boat as a result of collision, were injured by submerged objects, were unconscious from carbon monoxide, were thrown off balance while fishing, were unable to swim, were in the water a long time, were weighed down by heavy, waterlogged clothing.
Every recreational vessel must carry one wearable, appropriately sized PFD of type I, II, III or V for every person on board. It is not required that they be worn, but they don’t do much good stuffed in a hold behind fishing equipment, beach toys and the picnic lunch.
Wear a life jacket. It’s not pretty. It may be hot. But the incident survival statistics are heavily in favor of those who wear PFDs.