CT Alcohol-Related Boating Deaths Higher Than Average

Courant boating and drinking

The lead article in my local paper this morning couldn’t be more timely as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Bottom line here is that you shouldn’t drink while operating a boat. Period.

Among the tragic stories and interesting facts in the article is the following statistic:

Connecticut’s rate of boating deaths where alcohol was an actual cause exceeded the national average in the last decade. A full one-third of all boating deaths in the state cited alcohol as a “contributing factor,” indicating a direct or indirect cause. Nationally, drinking was reported as a contributing factor in just one in five fatalities, the data shows.

There’s also a re-cap of a deadly boating accident in 2007 that could have been prevented with an automatic kill switch device from our friends at Autotether.

One glimmer of hope in the article is that there were ZERO alcohol related boating deaths in CT in 2011, a number that I’d love to see repeated this season.

The Hartford Courant article includes a video from the local Fox news channel with several CT boating safety experts, including folks from the local Sea Tow, the US Power Squadrons, and officers of the CT DEEP – including our friend Mark Chanski who you may see out on the water promoting boating safety this summer on Prudence (pictured here at last year’s Hartford Boat Show).

CT Boating Safety DEEP Boat Prudence