AUGUST 10, 1954
The Inquiring Reporter Asks. . . .
What Can Be Done To Make Local Fishing Areas Safer Against Brownings?
THE SERIOUS fishermen and boating enthusiasts at this plant are concerned, as
are many others, at the alarming number of drownings occurring in the Catawba
River in recent summers. According to the Gaston Life Saving Crew, an increasing
number of lives are being lost each year by drowning in Gaston County with the
Catawba accounting for practically all of them. While this increase in drownings
might in some measure be explained by the growth in popularity of boating and water
sports in general at this river, it appears from comparison with other areas that
drowning frequency has been for some time abnormally high here.
Thus it has become a matter of concern to everyone, and especially to those who
spend many leisvire hours fishing and boating hereabout. All seem agreed, including
the employee-fishermen interviewed below, that some way must be found to reduce
river accidents and drownings. The Inquiring Reporter’s Question: “What can be done to
help prevent drownings in the Catawba River?”
LEE OWENS, overhauler,
says boat pilots should be licens
ed to insure the safety of them
selves and passengers while op
erating powered craft on any
body of water. “Might even re
quire licenses for riders,” he
adds seriously. “Everyone in a
boat should have a life preserver
—and have it on,” he emphasizes.
Mr. Owens keeps a boat at Seven
Oaks and wants to see an im
provement in the accidental
drowning picture at the Cataw
ba. “If driving and drinking
don’t mix,” he observes in con
clusion, “it’s doubly true for
CHARLES McARVER, Wind
ing Department clerk, does a lot
of fishing on the Catawba. “Just
good common sense should be
enough to persuade the average
boating enthusiast to keep life
jackets in his boat. That along
with some regulations aimed at
eliminating drinking while boat
ing will reduce drownings in the
Catawba by 90 per cent,” says
Mr. McArver. He also thinks
that more courtesy on the part
of boat pilots when in the vi
cinity of fishermen would help
MRS. ANNIE HUBBARD,
spinner, thinks life jackets, if
worn by boat riders, would re
sult in an immediate and drastic
reduction in river drownings.
Say she: “I’ve never been in a
boat without a life jacket on. In
my case it’s a necessity because
I can’t swim, but even if I could
I’d want to wear one.” Mrs. Hub
bard witnessed a boy fall from a
boat recently who was saved by
his life jacket which he had put
on minutes before he needed it.
Incidentally, she feels that the
state needs a law requiring boat
riders to wear life jackets.
LUTHER BLAYLOCK, sec
tion man, wants to see local fish
ing and boat riding continue to
grow in popularity. To do so, he
realizes, the dangers of drowning
or boat collision must be lessened.
The occasional reckless boat op
erator and the fellow who thinks
he must drink while motor boat
ing are menaces to the sport of
fishing, in Mr. Blaylock’s estima
tion. With respect to the need of
regulations or laws governing
boating he says: “Our state, like
South Carolina, should have laws
requiring persons in boats to
wear life jackets.”
FRANK SPENCER, cord
weaver, believes that overloading
is the big cause of boating acci
dents. “Boats should be tagged
showing the maximum weight
and number of passengers to be
carried. Game wardens should
have the authority to inspect
boats at any time to see that
they are safe to operate and are
not being overloaded. And, of
course,” he continues, “they
should be equipped with life
jackets for everyone aboard.”
Mr. Spencer says he has seen
instances of dangerous overload
ing of boats with unprotected
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Volume III, No. 13, August 10, 1954
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Firestone Textiles Division
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Department of Public Relations
Editor R. H. Hood
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jim Ballew, Jessie Westmoreland.
SPINNING—Ray Thomas, Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Hazel Foy, Annie Cosey, Dean Haun, Carrie Johnson,
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SALES YARN TWISTING—Bonnie Dockery.
SYC WEAVING—Vivian Bumgardner, Lucille Davis, Sara Davis,
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CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene Burroughs, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Catherine Isham,
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