MARCO ISLAND — One simple mistake can lead to tragedy costing life and limb. People read in horror how a simple boating procedure turned deadly for three prominent athletes in the waters off Tampa.
Case investigator, Jim Manson described the incident as a mistake that probably happens every day. “Overall, it’s just a mistake in anchoring,” Manson said.
The opportunity to hear and question five officials from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, of Marco Island, Tuesday evening may help boaters avoid those mistakes.
Officials will be introducing Islanders to several new safety courses and reviewing those that have been important to boaters years at Orion Bank’s next “In the Round” lecture series 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the bank, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, on the corner of Elkcam Circle.
For over 40 years, the Flotilla has provided education programs to minimize the loss of life, personal injury and property damage.
It will be all about safety, said spokesman and bank vice president Keith Dameron.
“Not just ours, but the safety of our family members and friends who we invite to share our boating experiences around Marco Island.”
Primary presenter, Doug Johnson, public education staff officer, will be joined by Flotilla Commander Robert Witte, Mike Harris, vice commander,
Arne Kelsey, public affairs officer and Lorie Cutting, a member of the public education team.
Call Orion Bank at 403-5169 for reservations.