Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police say that a 16-year-old Elkton boy was critically injured last week after the tube that he was being towed in hit the floating pier at 55 Knollwood Road on the Elk River. Susan Archibald was operating the personal watercraft (PWC) that was towing the tube on Tuesday, September 12. The teenager was taken to Maryland Trauma Shock Center where he was treated for injuries. The NRP are investigating the incident and deciding whether to press charges.
According to the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation’s website:
· 12,290 people were treated in emergency rooms due to PWC-related injuries.
· 22% of people who sustained PWC-related injuries in the US in 1997 were minors.
Common Types of PWC-related nonfatal injuries: head injuries, leg injuries, and lower trunk injuries.
Boatersworld.com offers the following safety tips for anyone who plans to go tubing:
· Read the tube’s warning indicators: know the maximum weight it can carry, how many riders it can hold, and how fast it can go.
· Know how to ride the tube correctly.
· Wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD).
· Make sure the tube is securely tied to the boat.
· Make sure the driver of the boat knows how to safely tow the tube.
As a general rule of law a boat operator and its owner must exercise the highest degree of care to prevent injuries to those passengers in the boat or swimmers or others in the waters or boats around them. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a boating accident, please contact the personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen by e-mail or call toll-free at 1-888-311-HURT (4878) for a free, no obligation consultation.
Tube Hits Pier, Boat Critically Hurt, Delaware Online.com, September 13, 2006
Maryland Natural Resources Police Respond To A Tubing Accident, Maryland Dept. Of Natural Resources
Tubing Tips, Boatersworld.com
Personal Watercraft: Factsheet, Marshfield Clinic
Related Web Resources:
Tubing And Rafting Safety, American Red Cross