This time of year, Shuswap Lake is usually a minefield of deadheads and other floating debris, with objects often lurking just below the surface of the water to provide a nasty surprise for unsuspecting boaters.
But thanks to unusually high water and heavy rains that have washed more stumps, logs, entire trees and even boat docks into the system, the hazard is high and will likely stay that way for some time.
Unfortunately, the obvious risk involved with high speeds — even at night — is not enough to put the fear of God or even Poseidon into some boaters.
This past week saw plenty of boating action at the Shuswap. And while many boaters were using common sense and keeping speeds down, there were lots who, for one reason or another, didn't think twice about opening up the throttle and putting themselves and their passengers in peril.
Why? Well, that's a good question.
Why do some people insist on pushing the envelope in an already dangerous situation? Why do they choose to disregard the advice of the experts and take unnecessary risks? Do they truly believe they know better?
Boating is serious business, where mistakes in judgment or just simply bad timing can lead to serious injury or even death.
While most boaters take a responsible approach, there are those who either lack the brain cells or the ability to listen to that inner voice that says, simply, "slow down."
According to a report by the B.C. Coroners Service, there were 43 water-related deaths in B.C. in 2010 — about average — with the majority of the fatalities taking place in the Interior, and most of those in July and August.
The report suggested that males are overwhelmingly involved, with 88 per cent of the deaths involving men. Of boating-related deaths, 47 per cent involved alcohol and/or drugs.
Most boaters do not need another sermon about safety, but it's clear some could use a friendly reminder to keep down the speed and stay away from the booze on the water.
With the weather warming up and lake traffic bound to increase, it would be wise to throttle down and enjoy the sunshine.
Let's not make this vacation your last.
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