Deadheads Can Get You if You Don’t Watch Out

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs, May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard Auxiliary urges inland boaters to be extra cautious this boating season. Heavy rains thru the Midwest have washed dead trees and other debris into waterways presenting hazards to boaters and their boats.

A deadhead is a log or large tree in a waterway submerged just below the surface and difficult to see. If a fiberglass boat strikes a deadhead, the boat could be damaged and even sunk. The lower unit could be ripped off causing a hole in the transom and/or render the boat inoperable. A diligent forward watch will help prevent this potential danger.

Enjoy the water but remember always wear your life jacket.