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Many people will head out on the water this summer to enjoy boating,
fishing, kayaking, water skiing and more. Unfortunately, too often both
experienced and inexperienced boaters have a false sense of security and
donít wear life jackets.
Earlier this week the U.S. Coast Guard released the latest recreational
boating statistics. Tennessee ranks No. 7 in the nation for boating
accidents and No. 6 in the nation for boating fatalities, with boating
mishaps causing 20 deaths in the state in 2013 alone.
While across the nation the number of boating accidents decreased 10% and
the number of boating deaths decreased 14% compared to 2012, drowning was
the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating
fatalities and 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life
In preparation for the summer boating season, the National Safe Boating
Council will kick off its national Wear It! campaign promoting safe
boating and life jacket wear with National Safe Boating Week, which runs
from May 17-23, and the campaign continues throughout the summer.