John Lennon sang that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, which seems more apt the older we get and the longer we work in the insurance business.
Despite taking precautions, being aware of boating safety and preparing for disaster, unexpected can things happen on the water. Very unexpected things! These strange tales will leave you running to grab a life jacket and check your boat insurance policy.
Whale of a Tale
Look at the photos from this early February encounter between a whale and a fishing boat off the coast of Mexico in the Gulf of California. While the small fishing vessel was loaded down so the bow was up high, it’s really hard to say whether the captain could have spotted the humpback whale anyway. The huge mammal leaps from the water and crashes into the small boat, nearing capsizing it. Thankfully no one was injured but the boat was damaged a little bit and we bet it makes you think again about wearing your life jacket and double checking your boat insurance policy.
Looking Cool Backfires
This video clip from a speedboat excursion around the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is one of those embarrassing moments that goes viral. These boaters are obviously pretty proud of their high-speed trip, smiling as they zip along at a fast clip without a life jacket in sight. Then, in one of those random crazy twists of fate, they hit the wake from another boat and like a flash the driver and passengers – including the well-coifed and previously poised bikini-clad women – go flying! Shocking how quickly their good time went sideways. We’re betting mothers everywhere had their kids watch this one to underscore why you should leave fast speeds to stunt professionals. Whiplash wagers?
Pay Attention…or Get Attention
Shows like America’s Funniest Home Videos make their bread and butter from other people’s crazy accidents – and apparently this is an international phenomenon. Check out this international montage of marine misfortunes, all of which should remind us to pay attention or end up on a gag reel. Whether you are guiding a gondola in Venice or piloting some other water craft, a few moments of carelessness can have people round the world laughing at your mishaps.
Some Things You Can’t Forget
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you come across a compilation of countless boat accidents like this that will leave you speechless. Watch for the airborne cat, the boat crashes that will make you check and recheck your boat trailer, and images of rough seas. It will make you appreciate your boat insurance, value boating safety initiatives, and count your blessings!