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Alaska pitches boating-deaths shutout – so far

A year after the deadliest recreational boating season in 15 years, Alaska is enjoying one of its safest seasons on the water.

For the first time since the Alaska Office of Boating Safety was established in 1998, this marks the first summer that Alaska has not had a recreational boating fatality through the Fourth of July weekend.

Even so, Jeff Johnson, the state’s boating safety program coordinator, is keeping his fingers crossed.

“It’s a great start, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Johnson said. “The second half of July and first half of August are typically heartbreakers for us.”

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