For those of us who rarely get out on a boat either on lake Michigan or our inland lakes, the act of boating can be a little daunting.  I can remember the first time I was asked to drive a speedboat and felt like things were out of control.  I was out of my element.  There were no lanes and no way to anticipate the intentions of other boaters.  So there's that on top of the other issues that can cause injury or even death, ya know, your basic safety procedures come into play.  But now there's something new to be aware of and it could be deadly.

According to an article on, the Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters about something while they're still on the dock.  Apparently, the rising water levels are causing and increase in the possibility of Electric Shock Drowning or ESD.  It can happen if you jump into the water near a boat or a dock powered by electricity.  Stray voltage can come from bad wiring or devices not meant for boats and the result can be deadly.  Check out more information on what to do to prevent it and what to do if it happens by clicking HERE.


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