19 people escaped serious injury on Sunday afternoon when a dragon boat overturned in the East River near Queens. Luckily all 19 passengers we wearing lifejackets and were able to stay afloat until the Coast Guard arrived.
Authorities have not stated what caused the incident however they did credit the life jackets as the main reason the 19 people aboard the vessel walked away unharmed.
According to statistics gathered by the US Coast Guard the average life jacket usage for all types of boaters and vessels rose in 2014 to 23.9%, as oppose to 22.4% in 2013.
19 people walking away from such a potentially dangerous incident proves lifejackets save lives. As we reach the end of summer we remind you once more, please wear a life jacket!