Many are gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July; with the near perfect temperatures expected, you can bet area waterways will be packed.
Often boaters pack a cooler for a day on the water. An instructor for Boating Safety in Nebraska told WOWT 6 News the combination of the sun and heat, not to mention the noise, spray, and pounding of the boat against the water makes one beer the equivalent of three on land. He added that often boaters won't feel the full effect until the fun is winding down.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Staff Officer Richard Goble said, "There is something of a mindset out there in the boating community that boating and alcohol go together like a hand and glove, but it needs to be tempered considerably."
Roughly one-third of all boating fatalities were influenced by alcohol; that doesn't necessarily mean the boat operator, impaired passengers can also be at risk. Experts recommend packing Gatorade or water to help stay hydrated throughout the day.