Strange as it may seem, it appears that the most common accidents when sailing are slips, trips and falls, closely followed by being hit by objects.
Causes of these common accidents when sailing
Slips and trips are usually caused by wet or cluttered surfaces. Injuries by falling overboard, near-drownings and drownings are often the result of being hit by the boat’s boom during turns (which can also result in potentially serious head, neck or spinal injuries) or capsizing. Buffeting by strong winds and high waves can also result in injuries by falling objects, as can capsizing.
Other common accidents when sailing
Capsizing, collisions with other crafts or other hazards above or below water and weather-related accidents are also sadly comparatively common accidents when sailing. Capsizing can be the result of improper loading or overloading, turning too quickly or sudden gusts of strong wind. Collisions can often be attributed to carelessness, inattentiveness or inexperience by operators and/or their forward look-outs (also often referred to as spotters). Weather-related sailing boat accidents are all too often the direct results of operators ignoring weather warnings.
Preventing common accidents when sailing
Essentially, most sailing accidents can be prevented by ensuring:
- Everyone on board is familiar with and follows standard safety procedures
- Tackle and other gear is stored properly and out of the way
- Weather conditions are regularly monitored
- Loads are balanced and do not exceed maximum allowances
Drowning and near-drowning incidents can usually be prevented by provision of life jackets for all crew members and passengers.
Injured by a sailing accident
If you sustained a slip, trip or fall injury or an injury in any other kind of boating accident during the past three years, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation if the accident was caused by another person (i.e. a crew member or other passenger).
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown