Lafayette residents are fond of enjoying the state's beaches and waterways and many take every possible opportunity to do so. Swimming and boating are all favorite pastimes for locals. Unfortunately, when some fail to follow basic safety requirements and act in a reckless or negligent manner, the results can be tragic.
As the summer months approach, more people are venturing out on the water. Water sports, like boating, should be approached with caution. Boating accidents are not uncommon. As with the operation of any motor vehicle, reasonable care must be exercised when operating a boat.