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Public Information Statement...Safe Boating/Beach Safety Week
National Weather Service Gray ME
714 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

...SAFE BOATING/BEACH SAFETY WEEK CONTINUES...

As discussed earlier this week...cold water can cause treacherous
early season boating in Maine and New Hampshire, however, boating
accidents occur throughout the year.  In 2015, Coast Guard
statistics showed there were 12 boating fatalities when combining
statistics for Maine and New Hampshire.  In addition, 42 injuries
were reported from the 85 boating accidents reported during the year
in the two states.  The estimated property damage totaled almost
$720,000.

Here are some national statistics for 2015...

* Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout,
  machinery failure, and excessive speed ranked as the top five
  contributing factors to boating accidents.

* Drowning was the cause of about 76 percent of all boating
  fatalities.

* 72 percent of all victims in fatal boating accidents were not
  wearing a life jacket.

* Alcohol was a contributing factor in many boating accidents and
  the leading factor in 17 percent of the deaths.

* 71 percent of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the
  operator had not completed a boating safety education course.

* The highest number of fatalities and injuries occurred among
  boaters ages 20-29.

* Collisions with recreational vessels was the most commonly
  reported accident.  However...collisions with fixed objects,
  swamping, grounding, and skier mishaps each contributed
  significantly to the number of accidents.

* About 43 percent of the accidents occurred while the vessel was
  cruising.

* Most fatalities occurred in calm water conditions or light winds.
  Most fatalities also occurred during the day when the visibility
  was good.

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