Boating Accident Deaths Up

The number of boating accident deaths increased in 2009. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Coast Guard's Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety .

Recreational boating statistics revealed a 3.81 percent increase in boating accidents deaths and a 0.8 percent increase in related injuries, even though the number of boating accidents decreased by 1.23 percent.

Officials believe the top five contributing factors are operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speeding, improper lookout and alcohol consumption.

Last year, the U.S. Coast Guard recorded 736 deaths, 3,358 injuries and approximately 36 million dollars property damage all stemming from almost five thousand recreational boating accidents. That's why officials stress the importance of wearing life jackets.

Nearly 75 percent of the 736 people who died in boating accidents drowned and 84 percent of those victims were not wearing a life jacket.

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