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Boaters playing it safe after deadly tubing accident

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(07/19/13) - A deadly boating accident in Oakland County that killed a brother and sister on Sunday has boaters in Mid-Michigan being extra cautious on the water.

The 11-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl were tubing when they were hit by another boat.

The children's 8-year-old sister also remains hospitalized.

Whether it's jet skiing, boating or tubing, Phil Chapin and his daughters take every precaution. "We've been tubing for years and I know you have to watch out for everybody else. You got to be on guard, watch where you're going, try not to cut people off."

As the investigation in Oakland County continues, the sheriff says the father who was driving the boat did not have a spotter, which is required by state law. Chapin reminds his kids the importance of having someone on the lookout. "They know very clearly the responsibility of being a spotter, that it's not time to be looking at their cell phone, it's not time to be occupied with other things."

Jet Ski driver Anthony Cilluffo can never be too careful. "I just look out for other people when I'm on this, but when I'm driving someone, a tuber or a wake board, I'm more cautious of everyone else coming too close because they're really hard to see when you're in the water."

Experience boaters say in addition to a reliable spotter, a good driver is also key.

Often times, lakes are busy on the weekends, so chose to tube during the week or when there's less traffic on the water.

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