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Boat Accident Deaths in Michigan

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Boaters in Michigan are heading into prime Michigan boating season.  With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, the Michigan lakes, rivers, and ponds will be full of boaters.  While boating is great recreational fun, we need to be reminded of the serious risks of injuries associated with this great sport.

A National Transporation Safety Board report demonstrates the substantial risks of boating accident deaths.  In 2007, over 7,100 boaters died and most of these were on small personal boats.  The majority of these deaths were due to drowning, and more than 90% of drowning victims would have lived had they been wearing a life jacket.  Other deaths were mainly due to boat operator negligence.

Boat operators and owners need to take all necessary precautions to protect their own safety and the safety of other boaters, jet skiers, and swimmers.  They also need to protect guests and passengers on their own boats who may not be aware of the substantial risks posed by boating and drowining accidents.  This can help insure a fun and safe summer on Michigan waters.

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