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Boating Accident Leads to New Legislation

This story about a ten-year-old Mt. Arlington, New Jersey boy who was killed when he fell into the water while boating with his father has lead to legislation that could help make everyone safer on the water.

This story about a ten-year-old Mt. Arlington, New Jersey boy who was killed when he fell into the water while boating with his father has lead to legislation that could help make everyone safer on the water.

boating accident 01Ten year old Christopher D'Amico, Jr. died last summer in a boating accident while on a family outing.

Christopher D'Amico Jr. fell off the rented 20-foot pontoon boat piloted by his father and was struck by the boat. He died on the way to the hospital. You can find the complete story below.

The young boy’s death has resulted in the passage of the Christopher’s Law (S-3233) bill, requiring that all pontoon boat renters complete a pre-rental safety instruction before taking out the boat. As one of the sponsors of the bill, Anthony M. Bucco, explained, “This legislation makes sure people who rent these recreational water vessels understand the potential dangers involved and receive lifesaving instructions. As a result of this legislation, we hope no other family will have to endure such a tragic loss.”

This tragedy is a reminder to all of us that safety doesn’t just come from rules or regulations. Experienced boaters have an obligation to help newcomers to the sport learn proper water safety etiquette so the water is safe for everyone.



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