MIAMI (AP) — Tubing can be dangerous, so boaters should be careful on Florida's waters.
That's the message in a release Thursday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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.
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.
Tubers should also wear a life jacket, but not the inflatable kinds.