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Coast Guard statistics assess charterboat safety

Charterboat captain Rick Shepanski, of Cape May, N.J., worries about some of the charter boats he sees carrying customers offshore. He doesn't think they always belong out there.

"I'll be 60 miles offshore in the middle of January and there'll be a boat out there that shouldn't be out there, a single-engine outboard," Shepanski said.

He said he makes sure his boat is safe and marine officials and statistics suggest that the boating public has little to worry about.

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