CT Alcohol-Related Boating Death Rate Exceeds National Average
May 29, 2012
The New Haven Register reports that Connecticut has experienced an unprecedented 4-year jump in alcohol-related boating deaths. The number of alcohol-related boating deaths from 2001 to 2005 was 6. That number jumped to 22 from 2006 to 2010. In 2008, 7 people died, including 2 double fatalities, due to alcohol-related accidents. In 2010, 5 of 6 deaths involved alcohol.
Connecticut’s rate of boating deaths where alcohol was an actual cause exceeded the national average (1 in 5) in the last decade, says the Register. The Coast Guard cautions that higher rates for some states may indicate better reporting, rather than higher alcohol involvement.