Coast Guard report shows boating fatalities down

Alcohol is the leading factor in boating accidents, according to new report.
Alcohol is the leading factor in boating accidents, according to new report.

WASHINGTON, DC- The US Coast Guard released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report recently, revealing that there were 633 boating fatalities nationwide in 2018, a 3.8% decrease from 2017.
From 2017 to 2018, overall recreational boating injuries also decreased 4.5% (2,629 to 2,511), and the total number of accidents decreased 3.4% (4,291 to 4,145).
Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2018, accounting for 100 deaths, or 19% of total fatalities.

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