Plan Your Escape
For whatever reason, there may come a time when you need to get off and away from your boat in a hurry. In the case of the duck, it had been modified from its original design to include a canopy that was fully enclosed with side curtains. It had only a single exit. As it began to sink, fewer than half the people aboard found their way out to survival.
Aboard your boat, always do a pre-departure briefing, especially with first-timers aboard, and go through all the onboard safety procedures involving life jackets, fire extinguishers, VHF instructions, and how to exit the boat.