BoatUS Addressing Texting Issue For Drivers On The Water

If you’re texting from the helm, you’re likely not helming the boat—that’s essential message from the BoatUS Foundation as part of National Safe Boating Week May 20-26 on the dangers of texting while operating a powerboat. The new campaign, which was announced in a press release, cites National Traffic Safety Commission information that states “sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds.”

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Piloting a powerboat requires undivided attention, which makes texting at the helm a dangerous practice. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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RaftUp App Announces New 911-Compatible Boating Safety Feature

RaftUp Technologies recently announced the launch of a new first-responder and 911 web safety tool called EyeRescue built in partnership with the Osage Beach Missouri Fire Department and Osage Beach 911, which services the popular Lake of the Ozarks.

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With its new EyeRescue "SOS" feature, the RaftUp app does more than just connect boaters on the water.

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BoatUS Releases New Must-Watch Boat Onboard Fire Video

Capturing three different intentionally set powerboat fires of three different origins—electrical, engine compartment and cabin—a new five-minute video from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is essential viewing for anyone who owns a powerboat. The resulting safety report called “Findings 55” from the video of the same name is part of a long-running educational series devoted to boating-safety topics, according to a press release from BoatUS, the nation’s largest organization of recreational boat owners.

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