How to Survive a Boating Disaster

ABC News' Matt Gutman shares tips and tricks for "GMA's Survival Week."
3:08 | 07/16/15

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It's 7:42 and back now with "Gma's" survival week. This morning how to avoid a boating disaster. There are thousands of accidents on the water every year. With some boats going well over 100 miles an hour, things go wrong very quickly. Here's ABC's Matt Gutman. Reporter: Seven people on a boat. A seemingly perfect day on the water. But as experienced boaters know all too well, things can change in an instant. We were doing around 89, 90 miles an hour before we wrecked. Reporter: Brett wasn't supposed to be there that day. He was just hitching a ride. That's him in the back right. He mounted a gopro that caught the horrific scene. The fact the boat didn't flip multiple times is still amazing. ? Reporter: That's me going even faster than the boat on the lake speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour but my captains out on the water in Miami are pros. Hey, I'm Matt. Reporter: Brad shonewald and Larry will teach me to you to operate a boat on the water. A skill that believe it or not is actually optional. You don't have to go out and get what we think is a driver's license. It's not required to run a boat like this. Reporter: According to the coast guard in 2014 there were 4,064 accidents that resulted in 610 deaths and nearly 2700 injuries from recreational boating. And according to shonewald that is mostly because peoppe rest trained properly specifically about the angle of the nose of the boat in the water. What happens if the nose is too high? The boat will leave the wave or leave the wake. It'll fly through the air and because all the weight is in the back of the boat, the back of the boat lands first which you don't want it to do. Reporter: Larry puts me mind the wheel of this 46-foot catamaran. This requires something he will mental, concentration. You need to pay attention. You're traveling a football field very quickly. Be aware of your markers and surroundings and fellow boaters. Reporter: The third tool Larry and Brett teach, to expect the unexpected. Wear a life jacket but also many high performance boats have a kill switch. So if the boat becomes out of control, because the operator failed to do something correctly, throws you out of the boat. This will come along and it'll kill the engines. Reporter: A kill switch is likely what saved this operator's life in this crash when he was thrown from his boat. Simple tips to keep in mind it can make the difference between a pleasant day on the water and something very different. For "Good morning America," Matt Gutman, ABC news, Miami. That looks painful. My neck hurts just watching that. Yeah, and they didn't have a life vest so, everybody, make sure to wear your life vest. On the water there are often no speed limbs and people can go as far as they want. Another reason it's so important to operate a boat safely.

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