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What are the most common causes of boating accident injuries and death?

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the most common causes of boating accidents are:

  • Boat operator drinking and driving
  • Careless or reckless boat operation
  • Engine failure
  • Equipment failure
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to follow boating regulations
  • Failure to maintain a proper lookout
  • Inexperience of the boat operator
  • Weather conditions
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