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Water sports and injuries sometimes go together

If you have come to South Carolina on vacation, you will probably include time enjoying some water sports.

Whether you are enjoying the lake, river or ocean, remember that accidents can happen in an instant. Here are three popular water sports and some tips to help keep you safe.

Help your pet adjust to boating and stay focused on safety

Operator inattention is one of the top causes of boating accidents. You may be used to having family and friends on board, but what about Fido?

If your dog is new to the boating experience, your concern for him may take your focus away from your responsibilities as captain, and that could lead to trouble. Here are four tips to keep Fido safe so everyone on board can enjoy an outing on the water.

Do you know the dangers of boating under the influence?

If you are preparing to enjoy a vacation or weekend getaway in South Carolina, your plans may include spending some time on the water parasailing, taking a harbor cruise or perhaps reserving a pleasure boat for a day cruise and picnic.

Make sure that whoever operates your boat is experienced, competent and, equally important, sober.

Quick action saved passengers when casino boat caught fire

On January 14, 2018, a vessel shuttling people to a casino boat moored off the west coast of Florida caught fire, endangering the lives of all on board. The captain was given credit for quick action that helped save the passengers and crew.

Although the cause of the fire is not yet known, the incident highlights the importance of safety aboard any kind of vessel.

What is behind the upswing in South Carolina boat accidents?

In the first half of 2017 alone, reports listed 40 recreational boating accidents in the state of South Carolina, and those included five fatalities.

The Department of Natural Resources is among the agencies that compile such statistics. Along with the numbers, some issues have emerged that the DNR believes might explain why there are so many accidents on the water.

Is the neck injury you suffered covered under the Jones Act?

Work on a commercial fishing vessel includes some potentially dangerous situations. If you were involved in a slip-and-fall accident while aboard, you are wondering if the Jones Act covers your injury.

If you suffered the injury through no fault but your own, you will not be eligible for benefits. However, if your employer's negligence was the cause of your injury, general maritime law protects you as well as the Jones Act.

What lessons can be learned from the Fitzgerald disaster?

You may captain a cruise ship, a fishing vessel or a cabin cruiser. If you are an experienced sailor, becoming involved in a collision with another ship or small craft may be the furthest thing from your mind, but as we have recently seen, a collision can indeed occur.

In June 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in the sea off Japan. Seven sailors were killed on the destroyer. The question everyone wants to know is: How could this happen?

Understanding parasailing risks and safety precautions

You may be looking forward to a South Carolina vacation that is focused on water sports such as parasailing. If you have never participated in this activity, you are in for a thrill, but be aware of the risks involved.

Parasailing is a unique experience, and it requires due diligence. Making sure you understand the safety standards and how the equipment should work will give you confidence. You want to do as much as you can to avoid injury.

Can you identify the major cause of boating fatalities?

South Carolina is a wonderful vacation spot, especially for those who enjoy boating. You might bring your own powerboat or rent a sailboat. You may be an experienced boater or someone who is just learning the ropes. What you want is to enjoy a day on the water, and what you need to avoid, at all costs, is a tragedy.

There are four main causes of boating accidents, and one of them is responsible for most of the boating fatalities on record.

Avoid a bow riding accident on your rented pontoon boat

If you are a visitor to South Carolina and enjoying water activities in the Myrtle Beach area, you may be interested in renting a pontoon boat. A voyage to Bird Island with a picnic lunch to enjoy might be the perfect outing for your family.

The owner of your rental pontoon should provide safety instructions before you leave the harbor. Those instructions should include a warning against bow riding.

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