Taking safety precautions when enjoying water activities

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tubing, jet skiing, and paddle boarding are just a few of the ways people choose to have fun on the water, but the appropriate safety precautions must be taken to ensure the fun doesn't turn tragic.

The Schramko family says they've owned jet skis for years, and love going out on the water, but they know just how important it is to wear a life jacket.

"Basically boats are speeding from 20 to 30 mph. Sometimes even 60 mph and these boats actually can do 60 mph and to hit a wave, actually go into the water there's a possibility you could black out," said Mary Schramko.

The Schramko's have two small children and say they have taught them what to do if they were to ever get stranded in the water. They also take the necessary safety precautions to set an example for their children.

We try to always stick together when we're on our skis. We make sure our cell phones are charged before we go out. Of course we have life vests for our kids and for us," said David Schramko.

According to the Boating Safety Resource Center 70 percent of boating accidents are due to operator errors. The U.S Coast Guard challenges all drivers to be in command of your boat. They remind passengers to always wear a life jacket.

There should be enough life vests on board for all passengers. Take the time to put them on, especially when the boat is moving at a high rate of speed, and of course never boat under the influence. Taking these safety precautions are just a few ways to ensure that you don't become the next victim of a boating accident.

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