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Letter To The Editor

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor,

At the New York Boat Show in January 2015, I encountered the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation, whose slogan is, “Turn it off for Emily.”

Emily Fedorko was a beautiful 16-year old high honor student and athlete who loved the water and had a zest for life.  Emily lost her life in a tubing accident because an engine was not turned off.   A foundation to help prevent this type of accident was formed; its website is http://www.emsway.org/.

The Foundation shares these safety tips for towing a tuber or a water skier:

For the rider:

  • Check your equipment:  Is the towing line free of knots and fraying?
  • Go over hand signals with spotter.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Make sure the engine is off when entering the water.  An idling engine is not off.
  • Stay away from tow lines so it doesn’t wrap any body parts.
  • Hold tight and be mindful as to when to let go.
  • Make sure the engine is off when swimming towards and entering the boat.

For the boat operator:

  • Check your equipment.
  • Go over hand signals and communication with spotter.
  • Make sure all riders are wearing a life jacket.
  • Turn off the engine before rider goes into the water.
  • Know the water, be mindful of passing boats, shallow water, and rocks.
  • Stay at a safe speed.
  • Always communicate with your spotter.
  • Never back up — always approach with caution from operator side of the boat.
  • When retrieving a person in the water, be sure to stay a safe distance away. Communicate with the person in the water and turn the engine off before the person enters the boat.

Sincerely,

Marty Seconhouse

Safety Officer

Jones Beach Power Squadron

www.usps.org/localusps/jonesbeach/

 

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