Understanding the risks in water tubing accidents could mean the difference between having a wonderful time and suffering serious injury – or even death.
The excitement of water tubing draws many people during the summer months to Texas Rivers such as the Frio, Comal or Guadalupe rivers. Typically, people going water tubing simply have fun.
However, while fairly uncommon, every year you hear about a number of water tubing accidents that involve serious injuries or death. This can happen anywhere in the nation.
RECENT WATER TUBING ACCIDENTS
A recent accident on July 3, reported by The Oregonian, involved a 65-year old man from Las Vegas who was tubing with a group that launched their tubes near Amacher Park, OR. The man fell out of his tube when going through rapids and got sucked into a whirlpool. He had a life jacket with him, yet was not wearing it. Bystanders attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.
Another tragic tubing accident reported by CBS Colorado occurred in June this year when two teens were tubing on Colorado’s Poudre River. One teen was 18 and the other was 16. Both were swept over a low-head dam, but the younger teen got stuck in the dam and a firefighter pulled him to safety. The other teen fell off his tube and rescue workers pulled him from the river further downstream. He was unconscious and they performed CPR, but he later passed away. Authorities said the river was too high and dangerous to be tubing under those conditions.
SAFETY MEASURES TO PREVENT WATER TUBING ACCIDENTS
Discover Boating suggests the following safety tips for boating and watersports:
- Know how to swim
- Be supervised by adults
- Wear a life jacket
- Never go alone
- Bring safety supplies and equipment
- Tell others where you are going
- Be informed about the weather
- Follow the rules
- During summer, drink water and wear sunscreen
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages
SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL IF SOMEONE ELSE’S NEGLIGENCE RESULTS IN INJURY
If you suffer serious injury in an accident due to another’s negligence, find out about your legal rights to recover compensation. The Law Offices of Michael R. De La Paz offers a free consultation to discuss your accident