A tragic boating accident has led to the death of an 18 year old young man from Hastings Highlands Township. Zachary Armstrong drowned Saturday in an accident while driving his boat. Bancroft OPP responded to the call on Mephisto Lake at 10 a.m. and discovered that Zachary had fallen from the boat he was driving by himself and had that nearby cottagers had been looking for him for some time but had been unable to find him. Eventually divers located his body and he was pronounced dead.
A boat is considered to be a motor vehicle and like motor vehicles are in involved in serious accidents. Sadly, every summer we lose valuable lives in swimming and boating accidents. Accidents can happen to anyone and are sometimes out of our control. There are steps you can take to help reduce your chance of a boating accident such as…
Check the weather before you go out.
Equip your boat with all safety equipment
Make sure you have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card
Know the rules and use common sense
Know the waters you are navigating in
Never boat alone, always have a spotter
Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be
Wear a life jacket and make sure all passengers are wearing their life jackets properly fitting
Never drink and drive a boat
Sign up for a certified boating course
Constantly check your safety equipment and make sure nothing is defective
Please make sure you take all the necessary steps to ensure you have a safe boating experience. Tragedies such as Zachary’s serve as a reminder for us all that anything can happen in an instant. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.