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000 NOUS41 KGYX 271114 PNSGYX 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. $$ NNNN

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