Grandparents drown and grandson survives after their boat capsizes while paddling down a stream in Vermont.
Of note: Only Local 22/44 News mentioned during their broadcast that the grandparents were not wearing personal flotation devices. WCAX appears to have added it to the subheading as an afterthought.
I posted this because it’s an indication of the cultural mindset of most Vermonters (and probably nationwide): I don’t need to wear a PFD because I can swim and PFDs are uncomfortable and inconvenient. I don’t know what the solution is but the public needs to be educated on the importance of wearing a PFD when boating, not just having flotation “available”. As we know, it’s especially important when the water is cold.
So sad. Another boating incident that might have had a better outcome.