The Coast Guard in Northern New England noted a significant increase in the number of search-and-rescue cases compared to the last few years.
This year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there were 420 search-and-rescue cases, a 25 percent increase from 2008. Of those, there were 146 disabled boaters, 35 unmanned adrift vessels, and 32 reports of people in the water. Twelve people were saved, but eight died during the 2008 season. In the 2009 summer season, 23 people were saved, but 13 died.