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Eight out of ten marine deaths not wearing life jackets

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The OPP report Personal Floatation Devices are rarely found by police when recovering deceased boaters in marine incidents. Of the 23 boaters who died in OPP investigated marine incidents last year, 20 of them were not wearing life jackets. This has been the trend for the past five years with eight out of ten victims who died in boating incidents between 2009 and 2013 being found with no PFD (or wearing them incorrectly). The good news is OPP stats are showing a five-year low in alcohol-related marine fatalities. Four people died in impaired boating incidents in 2013, compared to seven in 2012 and 2011, 14 in 2010 and 13 in 2009. In spite of the decrease, even one life lost due to alcohol use on the water is one too many. Call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is operating a boat while impaired. You could save a life.

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