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Boating deaths reach 5-year high in Arizona

Arizona boating fatalities are the highest in five years and officials say the economy might be a factor.

With 10 deaths so far this year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding boaters to wear life jackets, take boater education classes and check that equipment is working properly.

Of the deaths, six were drownings, three of which involved people who weren’t wearing life jackets, and four resulted from accidents. The last year with as many fatalities was 2006, when 14 people died on Arizona waterways.

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