The dangers of tubing with a boat

Once you attach that tube to the back of a speed boat, the level of danger goes way up

NEW YORK (CNN) – With the warm weather come a lot of activities like swimming, boating, even tubing along the lake. However, researchers are warning that you need to be careful when you tie a tube to the back of a boat.

It’s the lazy days of summer, just right for lounging around in a tube on the water. However, once you attach that tube to the back of a speed boat, the level of danger goes way up.

“Riders have very little control over the direction or the velocity of the speed of the water tube. And they also don’t have control over colliding with objects in the water, on the shore or with other riders on the tube,” said Lara McKenzie of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

According to researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, injuries from tubing with a boat are up 250% over the past two decades. A recent study that spanned over 19 years shows 83% of those injuries happened during the warmer months and more than 65 water tubing related injuries are treated in U.S. hospitals every day during the summer.

We saw all types of injuries, from head injuries, face injuries, to sprains and strains. Most frequent injuries happened to the head and the upper extremities. The most common ways people are injured are when the person hits the water, or they make contact with another person.

Best way to stay safe?

“Follow basic guidelines, wear personal flotation devices, limit the number of riders to what the manufacturer suggests for that particular inner tube and just otherwise practice safe boating practices,” said McKenzie.

So it may be a better idea, to just go drifting by on a tube, than zipping by behind a water craft.

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