BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Ahead of memorial day, Boat safety advocates are warning about the importance of life jackets. WINK News goes through a real life scenario and shows us how lives can be saved by simply wearing a life vest.
A reenactment of a real life scenario. WINK News showing you how effective a life jacket can be to keep you a float.
"If he had fallen off his boat and gone under water, we wouldn't be viewing him like we are now, because he had gone under water," said Lt. Richard Scott, Bonita Springs Fire Dept.
A boater is thrown off his boat and we can barely see his head bobbing in the distance.
"They run aground, they hit a wave wrong, they hit rough weather and people do go in the water," said Lt. Scott.
But he is wearing a life jacket and it's ultimately saving his life as he waits to be rescued. "Not wearing life jackets on boats has got to change, that is the message we are trying to put out, people think its uncool, it's not popular, it's not the thing to do."
This week is National Safe Boating week and the Bonita Springs Fire Department has teamed up with the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to promote the value of wearing a life vest.
"I would say most people put them on in a situation where they feel like they need it," said BM3 Andrew Kyler.
WINK News did some digging and in 2013, nationwide there were 560 boating deaths and over 2,600 injuries. In Florida alone, 58 people died and 406 people were injured as a result of some kind of boat accident