There is nothing to blame in the tragic accident that was reported in the May 6 article DJ at helm during boat death but the lack of boatmanship. Boaters aren’t required to obtain any type of license to operate a boat or sailboat. Much of the accident’s blame is the lack of knowledge on how to operate a vessel.
The majority of the people who operate boats have no knowledge of the rules or the meaning of the basic term safe speed or safety. Every day I see more boats on the water and more accidents.
Ultimately, the operator of the vessel is the one responsible for the well-being of the passengers and crew. So the authorities must require some minimum education before allowing anyone to operate a vessel.
Eduardo A. Gandolfo, Pinecrest