It’s been only five months since two fishermen were killed after their boat was struck by a wave in the midst of bad weather in the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia (VA), according to The Virginian-Pilot.
It’s not uncommon for people to take their boat out when weather conditions are not conducive to such an outing. It may just look “cloudy” and the hopes of enjoying some time on the water before a storm hits is certainly a risky venture.
As a personal injury lawyer with 20 years of experience working with clients who’ve been severely injured in accidents, I strongly advise boaters to check weather conditions regularly.
It’s important to check the weather continually because conditions can change rapidly. If you see a storm forming, be safe and head back to land.
If you see lightning, definitely return to shore. In the United States, lightening kills more people than hurricanes, floods, or tornados, according to the University of Maryland. Lightning can be especially dangerous to Chesapeake Bay boaters in Virginia (VA).
Remember, it’s always better to safe than sorry. Risking the safety of you and your crew for a quick jaunt on the water just isn’t worth the potential pitfalls.
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