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FWC Encouraging Tubing Safety

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Living in South Florida, where summer temperatures are almost a year-round occurrence, water activities like tubing are a popular past time. But while fun, tubing can be dangerous.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Thursday want to spread the message of boater safety while tubing.

Tubing is a recreational activity where a boat pulls a tube with one or more people.

The popular boating item—inner tubes, towables or inflatable tubes—has led to several recent accidents across the state.

Wildlife officials say passengers on tubes have crashed into docks, channel markers or even other boats. Last year, five people were injured and two were killed in these types of accidents.

To ensure safety, tubers should always wear a life jacket—but not the inflatable kind.

The FWC says boaters can take safety precautions to keep those tubing safe. One good rule of thumb: "Twice the line should be fine," or keep the boat at least two lengths of the towline away from all objects.

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