Fewer Boating Accidents On Beaver Lake This Year
Posted: August 31, 2013 at 5 a.m.
The water will likely be crowded on Beaver Lake this weekend, but accidents so far this year have been few.
At A Glance
Before Hitting the Water
• Lifejackets: Everyone onboard must have a life jacket. Children 12 and younger must wear a life jacket while on the vessel unless they are behind railings and the boat is stopped. Anyone being towed either on skis, an innertube or other device must be wearing a life jacket. Boats longer than 16 feet need to have a life ring that can be tossed overboard.
• Personal Watercraft: Anyone operating or riding personal watercraft is required to wear a life jacket. The operator is required to wear the ignition safety switch or “kill switch.”
• Passing: Boaters must give way to vessels that are anchored, disabled, sailboats or commercial fishing. If two power boats meet head on, both should keep to the right, or starboard, side.
• Fire Extinguishers: Vessels on federal waters are required to carry a fire extinguisher if there is an inboard engine, closed compartments housing fuel tanks or permanently installed fuel tanks.
• Alcohol: Boating with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent is considered boating under the influence. Anyone convicted will not be allowed to operate a motorboat for for 90 days and face a possible fine of $1,000 and up to a year of jail time.
Source: The Handbook of Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities
At A Glance
Several people have died in swimming accidents on Beaver Lake this year.
• David Hart, 20, of Springdale drowned May 25 while swimming with friends in the designated swimming area at the Rocky Branch Marina.
• Michael Burton, 28, drowned July 28 while free diving in Carroll County.
• Frank Robbins, 50, of Seligman Mo., drowned Aug. 6 after diving off a private dock in Dry Hollow Cove.
• Brandon Batchelor, 38, of Springdale, drowned Aug. 17 while swimming in “Party Cove” near Pine Top.
• Doug Jones, 60, of Rogers fell into the water Aug. 20 from a personal watercraft near Heritage Bay.
Source: Staff Report
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