National Boating Safety Week kicks off boating season in Florida

This week marks the official start of the boating season, and it’s National Boating Safety Week.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 628 boating accidents in Florida last year that resulted in 59 deaths. 15MKT0358-boating-safety-fb-post

That number dropped from 67 fatal boat crashes each in 2017 and 2016.

The U.S. Coast Guard  Auxiliary said the most common accidents they see are from people drinking too much or not paying attention.

As part of National Boating Safety Week, they’re conducting voluntary safety checks to make sure boaters have all the required equipment they need on board to be safe in the water.

They are checking for items like life jackets, fire extinguishers and navigation lights.

Once the checks are completed, they hand out safety decals.  Click here for more info.

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