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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
851 AM EDT TUE MAY 22 2018

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 19th THROUGH
MAY 25th AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

The following are the most recent annual boating statistics,
courtesy of the United States Coast Guard and the Department of
Homeland Security executive summary...
* In the most recent boating statistics, the coast guard counted
  4463 accidents that involved 701 deaths, 2903 injuries and 49
  million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational
  boating accidents. These numbers are all up from the previous year.

* Eighty percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and
  of those, eight-three percent were not reported as wearing a life
  jacket.

* Only twenty-three percent of deaths occurred on boats where the
  operator had received boating safety instruction.  Eight out of
  every 10 boaters who drowned were using boats less than 21 feet in
  length.

* Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience,
  excessive speed and machinery failure rank as the top five primary
  contributing factors in accidents.

* Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating
  accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 15 percent of
  the deaths.

* The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents
  were open motorboats (forty seven percent), followed by personal
  watercraft (18 percent) and then cabin motorboats (15 percent).

* There were 171 accidents in which at least one person was struck
  by a propellar.
Collectively, these accidents resulted in 24 deaths and 175 injuries.

To increase your safety, consult the forecasts before venturing out
on the lakes and ocean. Forecasts for Sebago Lake and Lake
Winnipesaukee as well as surf zone information can be found at
http://www.weather.gov/gyx/recreation

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