The problem with this disdain for wearing life jackets is that it’s dangerous. Most boaters will, of course, have fun and not be involved in any accidents or mishaps this summer and, perhaps, ever. But some will not. And when the unexpected strikes, they are far better off if they are wearing some form of PFD. Last year, there were 144 boating accidents in Maryland resulting in 20 deaths. In 2018, there were 132 reported accidents and 17 deaths, and that was substantially more than were recorded in 2017. You see the pattern. As a rule of thumb, most boating fatalities are the result of drowning, and the vast majority of those who drown (more than 85%, according to Coast Guard research) were not wearing a PFD.