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Boating Safety Classes


Spring and summer holidays bring an increase in boaters on the waterways, and officials throughout our area want local residents and visitors to play it safe. Boating accidents result in serious and potentially life threatening personal injuries and are often due to mistakes on the part of boat captains and others on the vessel. Investing some time in brushing up on safety skills can help ensure you and your loved ones are protected.

Boat Fire in Fort Pierce

Boating accidents are common along the coasts and waterways throughout South Florida. They can involve fatal or near fatal drownings and collision between boaters and other recreational water sports enthusiasts. They can also lead to injuries that occur due to dangerous conditions aboard the boat itself,such as severe cuts and lacerations as well as burns. A recent boat fire in Fort Pierce highlights the potential dangers.

According to CBS 12, a massive boat fire broke out on a small charter boat in Fort Pierce City Marina in mid-March, 2018, causing serious burn injuries for two of the passengers onboard. Witnesses at the scene claim to have heard a loud explosion before huge flames erupted and black smoke began drifting up into the sky, visible up to 100 feet away. Safety officials claim the fire was an accident, and originated in the charter boat’s engine.

Familiarize Yourself with Boating Safety Before Hitting The Water

While officials have not yet determined how the fire originated, the incident emphasizes the importance of always being prepared for accidents and mishaps when on the water. The TCPalm reports that safety officials claim boating injuries and fatalities are more likely to occur when those on the vessel has not taken a boating safety or education course. There were several boating events held in our area throughout the month of April, which visitors and residents are encouraged to take advantage of. These include:

  • America’s Boating Course on April 14th and 15th: Presented by the St. Lucie River Power Squadron, they will be instructing participants on the rules of the road, seamanship and safety, piloting, navigation, as well as other safety practices. The group regularly conducts free boat safety checks and is offering the class and materials for $50 per person, with other family members allowed to join in for a reduced price of $10.
  • About Boating Safely on April 21st: There will be two separate events held by different U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary groups, one on St. Lucie Boulevard and the other on Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. The About Boat Safety course covers topics which include Introduction to Boating, Boating Law, and Boating Safety Equipment. The eight hour course is $25.00 per person.

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When boating accidents and injuries impact you or those you love, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney and request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you get the compensation you need to recover.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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