If you have been following the news this past week, I’m sure you have heard of the four men, two of which were professional football players, whose fishing trip turned traffic after their boat over turned in bad weather. Needless to say, only one of the men survived.
Perhaps a good thing to come out of this unfortunate and high profile incident is safety awareness amongst boaters, particulary (in this case) the use EPIRB’s. The unofficial Coast Guard blog points to a good article from MSNBC titled People Stocking Up on Safety Gear After Boating Tragedy where it’s stated that “managers at West Marine say they’ve had a hard time keeping the shelves full of safety gear this week.”
While it is unfortunate that often times something tragic has to happen in order for ill-prepared people to get a good wake up call, I believe everything happens for a reason and hopefully this incident will help prevent similar ones from happening in the future.