Being pulled along at high speeds on choppy waters with a group of friends, what could be more of an exhilarating and exciting activity than banana boating?
It’s important to note that slips, trips and falls, are just as dangerous at speeds on the seas as on land and very precaution for safety should be put in place.
What precautions should you take when on a banana boat?
The objective of banana boating is for the driver of the power boat in front to purposely dislodge anyone trailing behind. The end result is that many, if not all of the participants will fall into in the water at one point or another. You can take adequate precautions by doing the following:
- Listen to all instructions from the banana boat operator – A good, fun day out should be preceded by the requisite safety instructions. If you do not understand anything that is being told to you, be sure to clarify it with your instructor. It is important to note the correct way to signal that you or another is suffering difficulty or distress when in the water.
- Always wear the correct protective clothing – A life jacket is an absolute must on a banana boat in order to prevent drowning. Poorly maintained life jackets can result in a fatal accident. In accordance with HSE guidelines, life jackets should be checked at least once a year for buoyancy.
If you’ve been injured within the last three years as the result of an accident on a banana boat and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have years of experience in providing compensation advice and assisting innocent accident victims to make their claims.
Making your claim for compensation
It does not matter what type of accident you have been injured in, if you were not to blame you could be entitled to compensation. To find out for sure you should either complete the 30-second test on our website or speak to our friendly advisors.
Whichever you do, you will very soon know if you have a valid claim and be given an estimate of the amount of compensation you could be entitled to. This can only be an estimate though as there are too many aspects that need consideration before your claim is finalised.
For answers to all your questions, or to get your claim started, chat to our friendly advisors today. Call us from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: Carly Robins
Category: Boat accident claims