National Safe Boating Week reminds us of the dangers offshore

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As Memorial Day weekend marks the start of boating season, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has reminded people of the importance of safety measures while on the water. The USCG reported over 4,000 accidents in 2021, resulting in 2,641 injuries and 658 fatalities, with the highest death tolls in May, June, and July. Wearing a life jacket can drastically reduce the number of deaths, as 81% of the fatalities were due to drowning, with 83% of those drowning not wearing a life jacket.

In addition to wearing life jackets, the USCG warns against drinking while boating, as alcohol was a leading cause of 16% of boating accidents in 2021. Operators who are intoxicated while driving boats will result in a DUI or DWI charge. Swimmers should also be aware of currents in large bodies of water, as strong currents can swamp even strong swimmers or pull them out to sea. To stay safe while boating, visitors can visit the USCG website for more information on boat safety.

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