WHY IS BOATING EDUCATION FOR HUNTERS AND ANGLERS SO IMPORTANT?
Consider these statistics:
- One out
of three people who died on the water died while fishing, hunting or on the
way to fish and hunt.
- 47% of
sportsmen did not even have a life jacket on board.
- 70% of
hunters who died in boating accidents fell overboard as a result of their boat
being improperly loaded, or due to moving around the boat unsafely.
According to the National Rifle Association, more hunters die each year from
water-related accidents than from gunshot wounds. 91% of
sportsmen who died in boating accidents between 1995-2000 were not wearing a
life jacket. Compared with the general boating fatality population, sportsmen
were far more likely to have not worn a life jacket than all other boaters - a
difference that might have saved their lives.