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Boating fatality statistics have improved in Florida

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released the boating accident statistics for 2008, revealing there were fewer boating fatalities last year. The reported 54 fatalities represent a 30 percent reduction from the 2007 statistics. While this is a step in the right direction, boaters shouldn’t let their guard down, according to the FWC.

“Although boating fatalities were down in 2008, so far in 2009, 21 people have lost their lives on the state’s waters,” said Lt. Ed Cates of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “Boaters can be safer by following a few simple boating safety tips.”

Cates cautions boaters to slow down and stay alert to their surroundings, have all aboard wearing PFDs and steer clear of alcohol while on the water.

For information on the 2008 boating statistics, visit the Boating area of the FWC Web site.