In Florida and other States, even a simple recreational activity like canoeing can turn deadly without proper supervision and safety precautions. Canoes can literally turn over and lead to serious personal injuries and even deaths due to drownings. A tragic incident was reported regarding two teens and a Palm Bay lake. The boys canoe capsized. One of the boys may have jumped out of the canoe leading to it tipping over and putting the other boy into the water. A neighbor was able to pull one of the boys from the water and then attempted to get the other boy but was exhausted by the rescue efforts. Despite these efforts and CPR, both boys eventually died. It was reported that the victims were Donald Azon (age 14) and Carl Campbell (age 19). Both died well before their time and their deaths will be a great loss for their families, neighborhood, and the community. See Two Teens Die a Day After Lake Rescue.
When participating in boating, swimming, and other aquatic activities, it is important to follow safety precautions. With respect to boating, life jackets can and are key to survival when a person falls into the water.