Monday, May 28, 2007

Helmets. Pads. And Personal Flotation Devices

He didn't have to die.

Sad news from Lake Pontchartrain and the City of New Orleans: Marquise Hill, a young player with the New England Patriots, died yesterday in a jetski accident. His body was found today by searchers which included the Coast Guard, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the New Orleans Police Department, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Hill was not wearing a PFD (personal flotation device; a "lifejacket").

Would he ever have run onto a football field without wearing the proper equipment? Doubtful.

Let Mr. Hill's tragic accident have some good for the rest of us: let it remind us that when boating, always wear a proper PFD. No excuses: underway, wear a lifejacket.

I'm certain that Mr. Hill was not alone in losing his life in a boating accident this holiday weekend; and that, dear reader, just s*cks.

Be safe on the water this summer. Wear a lifejacket, and make certain that everyone with you wears one too.

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