In 2011, 67 people died and 431 were injured in boating accidents, reports The Miami Herald.
So far this year, there have already been 28 boating deaths.
The main cause of boating deaths was boaters falling overboard, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s annual report on boating accidents.
Life jackets would prevent most drowning deaths, said the conservation commission investigator.
The boating accident lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene encourage boaters to always wear a life jacket, as it could save your life.
Alcohol and drugs played a part in 15 percent of the boating accidents, according to the report.
As with driving, drinking and boating don’t mix and can cause accidents. Similar to DWI for vehicles, there’s also an acronym called BWI—boating while intoxicated. It’s important that you never drink over the limit in alcohol, as this can lead to a boating accident, injury, or fatality. Instead, drink water to increase hydration and cool off.
With 922,491 registered vessels and miles and miles of coast line, Florida leads the nation in number of residents who own boats.
Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, had the highest number of boating accidents and thus the highest number of boating injuries in Florida last year.