Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Boating Accidents: Tale Of 2 Florida Families One 4 Year Old Drowned Not Wearing Life Vest While a 23 Month Old Child Survived Because of a Life Vest.

Photo BOATER KIDS: Is it Safe to Bring a Baby or Infant on a Boat?
Children can drown in a matter of seconds. Patricia Edmond Supervisor of the Child Protection Team at the CACB commented on how quickly and quietly children drown, stating “I have not received a drowning case where it was reported that the child was heard calling for help or was seen waving their arms in distress. When a child drowns it occurs quickly and quietly, they take in the water like it was air.” According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety, an infant should not travel on a boat until they weigh at least 18 pounds and can wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Most babies will reach that weight when they are between 4 and 11 months old. Although they should not travel on a boat when they are newborn babies, there is no reason why you can’t have a baby on a boat that is docked, anchored or moving slowly (at no wake zone speeds of 6 MPH) as long as the baby, between 4 and 11 months, is wearing an infant life jacket that is intended for infants under 30 lbs, see article HERE
CNN Cocoa Beach Fl...A family of four was returning from dinner when their boat apparently struck power lines, causing the vessel to flip over and send the passengers, including two young children, plunging into the darkened waters of the Indian River in Brevard County, Cocoa police say. Authorities responded quickly and rescuers located the two adults and one of the children from the capsized boat. The relief of rescue was short-lived as one of the boaters, Tammy Bossard, realized her 23-month-old daughter was still missing. Bossard says she heard the anxious cries of the little girl, but she was nowhere to be found. "We heard (her) crying and we couldn't find her," Bossard said. " I jumped in the water and tried to search but couldn't hear where the crying was coming from." The family looked on in anguish as officers spent nearly an hour in the water looking for the toddler, according to Cocoa police. The family's faith and the officers' persistence was rewarded when Officer Matt Rush and Cpl. Alan Worthy located the little girl trapped underneath the overturned boat in an air pocket that had been created when the boat flipped over. The toddler was still wearing the life jacket her parents placed on her when they set out on their trip. Bossard's eyes filled with tears of gratitude as she thanked the rescuers for "saving our baby and saving our world." "I can't imagine, I just can't imagine..." Bossard said as her voice trailed off.
No life jacket: Logan fell from this boat, which his grandfather was piloting. Logan's life jacket was found inside the boat 
NEWS JOURNAL..Body of 4 year old boy who fell from boat found in Pensacola Bay, he did not have a life vest on. The two men stood side by side on the Coast Guard dock, peering through binoculars over the dark waters of Pensacola Bay. A specialized search plane circled overheard.On the left was Lt. Doug Berryman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. On the right, John Provo with Escambia Search and Rescue. They scanned the water for any sign of the little boy with the blond hair and gap-tooth smile no one had seen since in almost a day. Logan Torrance Fontana, 4, fell from his grandfather George Maye's boat into Pensacola Bay just before 4 p.m. Saturday. They were idling about 300 yards offshore in the 20-foot boat, stationary and in no danger of falling overboard. Logan's life jacket had sand in it, it was removed, and Maye washed it out with a bottle of water. Maye handed the life jacket back to his grandson and told him to put it on. Logan took the life jacket and went to the back of the boat, directly behind his grandfather, who had just noticed the other boats headed his way. To navigate the oncoming traffic, Maye pulled on the throttle. Not by much, just enough to get the boat moving at about 10 mph.Safely out of the way of the passing boats, Maye turned back to talk to Logan. But the boy was gone, and his life jacket lay on the floor of the boat. Search crews made nearly 15 dives today before a civilian boater found the body of missing 4-year-old Logan Torrance Fontana in Pensacola Bay. "It's just sad," said Escambia Search and Rescue Diver Clint Retherford. "A lot of the work we do is sad, but the best thing we can do is try to give the family some closure."

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