Pool Toys are not Watercraft
Joe Castro, theage.com.au
Floating down a river on a hot afternoon can be great fun and relaxation, but there are dangers involved.Proper equipment is necessary to reduce the chance of accidents. Pool toys are just that – toys intended for swimming pools or designated swimming areas – they are not designed to be used on open lakes or rivers. These toys are sometimes made to resemble canoes or whitewater rafts, but they are not. Other toys are made to look like tires, cartoon characters, or lounge chairs. They are still just toys, as are air mattresses or rafts.
No matter what they look like, these toys all have several things in common: they are inexpensive, they are made of thin plastic, they are easily punctured and usually have only one air inlet.
Did You Know?
Before the 1950s, the Missouri River carried an average of roughly 140 million tons of sediment per year past Yankton. After closure of the dams in the 1960s, an average of roughly 4 million tons per year moved past the same location.