Louisiana boating deaths hit record low in 2013

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Boating deaths in Louisiana were a record-low 13 last year, state wildlife officials say.

The previous low was 19 in 1992, the Associated Press reported. The high was 79 in 1974, which was the first year that boating incident statistics were recorded.

Since 2010, the wire service said, Louisiana has averaged 25 boating fatalities a year.

The data are from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Enforcement Division’s Boating Safety Program.

The department attributed the drop primarily to the state’s mandatory boating education class. Since 2003, more than 50,000 boaters statewide have been certified.

Officials say stricter driving or operating a vessel while under the influence enforcement and the introduction of new regulations for wearing a personal flotation device also helped lower the numbers.


2 comments on “Louisiana boating deaths hit record low in 2013

  1. Ray Gavin

    I would have to say that it is more a result of the BP oil spill and the number of people not using their boats. I hear there are still significant pollution problems throughout the GULF region that will last for decades to come!
    Someone needs to take off the rose colored glasses!

  2. Doug

    Homeland security and local enforcement trying to justify their existence are confronting Boaters .Result is there’re staying at the docks or not boating at all as well.

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