"This was a preventable accident by the simple fact of having life preservers on the boat," Sgt. Anthony Sharum said.
There was an off-duty officer fishing nearby... and even though he arrived on the scene in less then a minute... there was nothing he could do to help the victims.
Please... don't just "have" PFDs on the boat... "wear" them! PFDs will not help you unless you wear them!
The majority of fishermen I come across when I paddle do not wear PFDs... and most likely, don't carry them in their boats. I'll never understand this mentality. My prayers go out to this family... and the forty-odd number of folks who witnessed this tragedy.