Have you ever thought about what would happen if you had an accident, heart attack, stroke, broken bone or even just fainted when you’re ashore while cruising?
- Would you have any ID on you? If you’re swimming, hiking or exploring, chances are you won’t. Kids are particularly likely not to have ID, something to think about if they are old enough to be off the boat on their own.
- If you do have ID, would it connect you to your boat? Would first responders or helpful bystanders know who to contact? Your driver’s license or even your passport doesn’t really help with this.
- If you’re unconscious, would medical personnel know of any pertinent medical history or what medications you take?
- Perhaps even more importantly, would medical personnel know of any (potentially fatal) drug allergies?
- If your significant other was with you or contacted, would they remember all the info — medical history, medications, allergies, insurance and more — in the stress of the moment?
- Do you have kids or pets onboard that would have to be taken care of in an emergency?
- And if a pet got separated, would it have any ID that would connect it to you on the boat?