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Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares condolences and boating safety tips following boating accident and tragic death of Zachary Armstrong.

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.


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