Insane footage of salmon fishermen abandoning ship into the frigid waters of the Columbia River to avoid getting shredded by an oncoming 31-foot Bayliner.

Friendly reminder to all you boaters out there to keep it safe on the water.

Local law enforcement accuse the boat driver of several crimes after the 75-year-old told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view. The driver said he probably should have been standing, according to the sheriff’s report, which notes he uses a motorized scooter to get around on land.

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Firstly, every boat operator should undergo proper training and obtain the necessary licenses or certifications. Understanding navigation rules, buoy systems, and proper boat handling techniques is crucial. Additionally, learning about local waterway regulations and weather conditions helps in making informed decisions.

Motor boat safety is of paramount importance to ensure a pleasurable and secure experience on the water. Whether cruising for leisure or engaging in water sports, adhering to safety guidelines can prevent accidents and protect lives.

Equipping the boat with essential safety gear is non-negotiable. Life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be readily available and worn by every person onboard, especially non-swimmers and children. Additionally, having throwable flotation devices, fire extinguishers, distress signals, and a first-aid kit is vital.

Maintaining the boat regularly is equally significant. Checking the engine, fuel systems, and electrical components helps prevent mechanical failures while out on the water. Furthermore, monitoring weather forecasts before departure is essential to avoid sudden storms or adverse conditions.

Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and highly dangerous. Impaired judgment and reduced reaction times can lead to accidents and tragedies.

Lastly, communication is critical for safety. Informing someone ashore about the trip’s details, including the route and estimated return time, can aid in case of emergencies.

By prioritizing training, safety gear, maintenance, responsible behavior, and effective communication, boaters can create a safe environment for themselves and others, ensuring enjoyable experiences on the water while minimizing risks.