Toledo Fire & Rescue boating safety tips

A 21-year-old University of Cincinnati soccer player is dead and a 27-year-old Toledo man is seriously injured after various boating accidents.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A 21-year-old University of Cincinnati soccer player drowned while boating over the weekend. In addition, a 27-year-old Toledo man is seriously injured after boating last weekend.

“My understanding of the incident was that the gentleman was on the boat, slipped and fell off his back, and got caught in the prop and lost part of it, I believe it was his left arm,” said Captain Cheryl Locher with Toledo Fire Rescue.

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On her last day at work after 25 years, she left us with the most important things to remember while boating. She said number one was watching how much alcohol you were drinking.

“Two people watch the speed, especially when they go out on the water, it is much busier on weekends and holidays than during the week,” said Locher.

Third, your boat should be inspected and registered with the state by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Locher said that in order to prevent accidents like losing an arm in a propeller, it is important to be aware of your surroundings.

“You know when you are on the boat, need to stay away from behind, or if you are near your back, make sure the engine is completely off,” Locher said.

If you’re not the best swimmer in the world, don’t be afraid to grab something to swim on while you swim with your friends.

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