I've been posting a thread in the Bilge (Prayers for a little girl) about an accident suffered last week by members of my family. I'm posting here for those folk who never venture below decks because I think this is an issue that all of us should be aware of.
Long story short: My 6 year old grand-niece was in a minivan with her family when a boat and trailer separated from a pick-up truck going in the opposite direction. Horrible collision with eleven people being sent to the hospital, all released except my grand-niece who remains in a coma with severe head trauma. She's stable, but the future is very shaky.
Criminal charges are pending against the pick-up driver, so it's my guess that he didn't have safety chains or tie-down straps.
So, at the beginning of this boating season, let's all of us double check our hitchs, chains, tie-down straps, wheel bearings and anything else you can think of.
It's so easy to forget something in the rush of launching and retrieving our boats at a busy launch site.