Devastatingly hilarious photos remind all boat users of one important rule

Boaters, Remember to Use Your Parking Brake

As any salty dog can attest to, driving a boat is kind of like riding a bike -- once you know how, you'll never forget.

But while boating can be a world of fun, it can also present a whole new world of dangers to those who partake in it.

The Lakewood Police Department in Wisconsin took to their Facebook page this week to remind everyone that there's at least one kind of danger associated with boating that is completely avoidable.

"We've had a couple instances lately where vehicles launching boats have been submerged in the water when the operator failed to place the vehicle in park before getting out," the department wrote.

"With the nice weather and boating season underway...we'd like to remind everyone to set your parking brake and ensure your vehicle is in park before you get out."

Seems like an obvious enough lesson -- but for at least one poor schmuck, it was just too little too late.

The photo, which was posted on July 16, appears to be spreading quickly, as it has already been shared nearly 300 times and received several comments by people with very mixed emotions on the incident.

"'s a bad day," one man wrote.

"Who doesn't put the vehicle in park when getting out?" said another. "Who are these people? Seriously..."

"It's wrong that I giggled just a little, isn't it?" said a third (to which we would reply ABSOLUTELY NOT.)

All in all, while the police department wanted to caution their followers about the potential hazard, they certainly didn't want it to stop them from making the most out of their summer,

"Have fun," they ended their post with, "and be safe!"

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Know your swimming abilities, and don't push yourself to swim farther out than you are comfortable with.
Lifeguards are usually on duty from 9 am until 6 pm, so make sure to only swim between those hours.

Be careful of the sea life around you. Most fish are harmless, but steer clear of jellyfish and other aquatic life that can be more unpredictable.

To learn how to treat a jellyfish sting, click here.

Always swim with a buddy, so that if anything happens while you are swimming, there is another person to help you or get a lifeguard if necessary.
Pay attention to areas that have a strong current. There will be signs marking these areas, so consciously look for them before going for a swim.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach, while conserving as much energy as possible.
Enjoy an alcoholic beverage AFTER you go for a swim. Swimming intoxicated is much more dangerous, as you are less aware of your surroundings and unable to respond quickly to dangerous situations.
Holes in the sand are not uncommon, so you want to be careful when running or playing games on the beach. An accidental slip into a hole can result in a twisted ankle or worse.
It's easy to get dehydrated when you're out in the sun for long periods of time, so be sure to bring water with you and hydrate throughout the day.
Getting a tan is nice, but be sure to apply sunscreen regularly at the beach to avoid bad sunburns and possible skin cancer.

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