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. As recently as this year, a banana boat operator was convicted of corporate manslaughter. Charges were brought against the operator of the banana boat which was involved in an accident in 2010. This resulted in the tragic death of an 11 year old girl when she was a struck by a passing speedboat, after falling off the banana boat, during a children’s birthday party in Bedfont, Middlesex.
The Crown Prosecution Service found that the operator failed, under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to reduce the exposure of risk to others.
What precautions should I 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, either at home or abroad, 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.Open Claim Calculator