Never forget the danger to persons in the water that boat propellers can inflict. Statistics indicate that most propeller injuries and fatalities involve open motorboats 16 to less than 26 feet in length and are due to operator inattention, inexperience, and carelessness. Remember to shut off your engines when approaching swimmers. When engines are running, alert swimmers to stay clear of the stern. Propeller guards are not suitable for all types of boats. Therefore, the best and safest course of action to take when people are in the water near your boat — Shut off your engines!
People in the water can be severely injured or killed
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