Boating deaths reach 5-year high in Arizona

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The economy could be one reason that boating fatalities in Arizona — 10 so far this year — are at their highest since 2006, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The department’s boating law administrator told the Tucson Sentinel that although recreational boating is down overall, more people are using affordable canoes and kayaks, which require paddling. Four of the 10 fatalities this year involved people using paddle–powered craft.

Another factor could be a decrease in law enforcement patrols on the water because of budget cuts.

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