Boating Safety Always a Priority

CLEAR LAKE RESCUE PKG

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CLEAR LAKE, IA - A daring rescue that saved one clear lake man while boating, has authorities asking us all to be ready.

A man jumped in fully clothed when his daughter went under while tubing, but then he started having trouble.

His wife threw him a life jacket and everybody made it out okay, but authorities still urge us to play it safe and always have your life jacket available if not on.

“Know your requirements of your safety gear that needs to be on the boat. Have things readily accessible. Be a smart boater. Be prepared is the key. You never know in a situation, when a situation is going to happen and you instinctively have to act and time is a matter of seconds, not minutes,” said Ben Bergman, Conservation Officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Ben Bergman was on the scene for this weekend’s rescue, and says he can understand why it happened.

“You never know in a situation, when a situation is gonna happen and you instinctively have to act and time is a matter of second, not minutes,” said Bergman.

Nathan Bilyeu is doing what hundreds of others are on this Father’s Day weekend, taking his family for a boat ride.

“We come here all the time especially on the weekends,” said Bilyeu of Johnson.

While his daughters’ safety is always on his mind, the near-miss that happened on Clear Lake, is a good reminder for him to keep himself safe, too.

“You want to do that but I think you know, making sure that you keep the boat in control. It’s better and more quick if you can turn the boat and go around to pick them up. They have a life jacket on that’s gonna protect them,” said Bilyeu.

“Know your requirements of your safety gear that needs to be on the boat. Have things readily accessible. Be a smart boater. Be prepared is the key,” said Bergman.

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