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Brob98 and I were messing around doing a little fishing in the bay today since it was so rough and while drifting, we saw a skiff capsize. We initially thought it was a kayak and they'd get flip it back over and be on their way, but after a few minutes we decided to make the 1/4 mile run over to them to find it was a 12' skiff with a 15hp that had flipped and both the operator and passenger were in the water. The boat had not sunk but was barely floating with all their gear starting to float off. Brought them on board, tied up their boat and brought them & the half sunk skiff back to the ramp. We are still trying to figure out why they were out there in a skiff given we had 20 knot winds today. Just happy we were there and were able to help.
All you that are heading out this weekend, be safe, it looks to be a rough one!
I think the reason why not a lot of boaters help anymore is the chance of getting sued. I recently went and got an assistance towing endorsement on my license and my instructor was clear on explaining how crazy this world has gotten. People will sue for just about anything, and it really puts a damper on good samaritans out there. One such example was a Sea Tow guy towing in a boatload of drunk people, one of them fell and hurt themselves, now the Sea Tow captain is in trouble and sued for making him fall. Crazy. Good job helping out a fellow boater. Lets just hope more people who recieve assistance arent so ready to make a quick buck off a good act.
Texas has the good Samaritan law , they cant sue ya. As a matter a fact you pass an accident here thats out in the middle of
nowhere and your the 1st one to go by and don't stop , it's your azz and you dont leave till someone else can go get help or let you go.
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Federal law: The good samaritan is not required to render aid but must notify authorities at minimum. A good samaritan cannot be sued for rendering aid unless "gross misconduct has occured"
Every boater that renders or attempts to render aid is protected by law.
Amazingly, Doctors and EMR professionals have a more stringent code to adhere to.