Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wear 'em, damnit

Originally uploaded by edhicken.
I've said it before; I hope I never have to say it again, but I likely will: Personal flotation devices don't do a damn thing unless you're actually wearing them. I don't care how good a swimmer you are, or how many years you've spent on the water, or how lucky you are, or how good a boater you are... unless you're actually wearing the PFD, it will not serve you:
The body of missing publisher Philip Merrill, who disappeared June 10 while boating on Chesapeake Bay, was found yesterday about 11 miles northeast of where his empty boat was discovered.

The body, still clad in a shirt bearing the name of his sailboat and without a life jacket, was drifting one mile southwest of Poplar Island when it was spotted by a boater not connected to the nine-day police search.
Notice what the police reported:still clad in a shirt bearing the name of his sailboat and without a life jacket.

They call them "life jackets" for a reason.

Please folks, wear 'em.


  1. Hey, Pete ... Do you still think that a PFD would have prevented his death?

    From Wednesday's Washington Post:

    Merrill, 72, was found with a shotgun wound to the head and a small anchor tied around one or both ankles, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

  2. Okay, you got me. I'll admit it: a PFD wouldn't have helped in this case... ;-) They're not made to stop a shotgun blast to the head...