Massachusetts Environmental Police and the US Coast Guard warned boaters not to drink and drive on the water in separate press releases on Friday.
Called “Operation dry water”, the national campaign aims to reduce the number of individuals sailing under the influence (BUI), according to the press release from the environmental police.
âJuly 4th is a great time for all of us to get out there, enjoy the water with friends and family, and celebrate the holidays; However, we all need to remain responsible as we navigate to ensure that the operator, passengers and those around us have a safe experience, âMassachusetts Environmental Police Col. Shaun Santos said in a statement. Press. “It is important to note that Massachusetts Environmental Police and other public safety entities will firmly enforce Commonwealth BUI law in an effort to reduce tragic incidents.”
The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that about 5,265 boating accidents took place in 2020, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of 767 people, 3,191 injuries and costing about $ 62.5 million in property damage, the statement said. Of the 767 deaths, 75% are due to drowning. In addition, of those who drowned, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
According to the Coast Guard statement, there is evidence that boating activity has increased significantly during the pandemic, from reports of increased boat sales, insurance policies written, insurance claims and calls for towing assistance. With increasing exposure, there was a greater risk of death, injury and accidents.
“Alcohol continued to be the main known contributing factor to fatal boating accidents in 2020, accounting for more than 100 deaths, or 18% of total deaths,” the statement said. or alcohol, and should always wear a life jacket.