Enjoying a day on the water in your boat can be exhilarating. At the end of the day, everyone who goes boating on Oregon’s waterways wants to make it safely back home after enjoying a fun time. However, when other boaters act rudely, it can put your adventure at risk of becoming a catastrophe. That is why you should always practice being a good neighbor on the water.

According to The News Guard, being a good boating neighbor means looking out for others and not doing things that could put them or yourself at risk. This is not just a feel good sentiment. It is actually the law.

If you do something to capsize someone else’s boat, then you need to help them out of the water and back to safety. If you do not, you could face criminal charges. Not stopping to assist is not only rude, it is dangerous. You put the people at danger, so you should help them out.

Witnesses usually know when someone purposefully leaves a capsized vessel behind without helping and will report you. It is one thing when it happens and you do not immediately realize, but it is criminal when you do it on purpose or do not rectify your actions by coming back to help. If someone dies as a result, you could face even more severe charges and penalties.

Being a good neighbor helps to keep everyone safe and reduces injuries. This information is for education and is not legal advice.