Boating season ramping up

Boating season ramping up means it's a good time for boater safety

Posted: May 21, 2018 8:20 PM
Updated: May 21, 2018 11:00 PM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa- Boat lovers and those who rent them say this weekend is one of the biggest for Iowa and Minnesota lakes. John Amos is one of those getting excited for the season.
“This year was a long wait,” he said. “April was terrible. As soon as I can get going and the dock and hoist guys get their barges on the lake, we get going.”
Even having around 60 years of experience on the water Amos said he still keeps life jackets on the boat for all of the passengers as well as paying attention to other boaters because he has seen a lot over the years.
“I saw one boat hit another boat, I have seen the aftermath of around three drownings,” said Amos.
For those in the boat rental industry, like Jennifer Flick, she says it’s a good time to remind everyone of the safety as well as the laws saying in Iowa anyone under the age of 13 should be wearing a life preserver and the age of ten in Minnesota.
“If a little kid falls in the lake at least they have a jacket on to save them,” said Flick “I always made my kids wear them growing up.”
Flick said preservers are important, but boaters paying attention to small boats can be just as important.
“They go by pretty fast and can tip a canoe or kayak,” she said. “We had it happen a couple of times, not a lot, but it’s a scary situation.”
Even though many boaters are as eager as Amos, both sat people need to be paying attention on the water.

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