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Over the Years

Recreational Boater Deaths 2009 - 2015: Where Alcohol Use Was The Primary Contributing Factor

Since the launch of Operation Dry Water in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol named as a contributing factor has decreased to 15% in the United States*.


Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.

Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.

*U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2015