Life jackets are life savers on the river

Unfortunately many people do not wear life jackets as much as they should

NORHTAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – We all know that life jackets can save lives, but many people do not wear them as often as they ought to. For that matter, many boaters never wear them at all.

It’s mid-July and boating season is in full swing on the Connecticut River. 22News is working for you with how you can stay safe while having fun on the water.

Something as simple as a life jacket can save your life. But unfortunately many people do not wear them as much as they should.

The river has been a little rougher this year, which has made it a challenge for some boaters. Whether the river is calm or rough its important to remember to take safety measures to be prepared for an emergency. The importance of having, and wearing a life jacket, and having it handy cannot be emphasized enough.

Clay Duda, General Manager of the Oxbow Marina in Northampton, told 22News, “The law is the age of 12 and under has to have a life jacket on while the boat is in motion. As soon as the anchor gets put out they don’t necessarily have to wear a life jacket but its always good to have them.”

Under Massachusetts Boating Law, you’re also required to wear a life jacket if you’re water-skiing, canoeing, or kayaking.

Oxbow General Manager Clay Duda reminds boaters that the coast guard mandates that your craft have anchor lines and an anchor.

The weather has made the river difficult to navigate this summer. This particular season has been a difficult one for boaters between high river levels due to all the heavy rain we’ve gotten to floating debris in the river

You should also not go out on the boat alone. Having a buddy on board can be a tremendous help.