Boating activity climbs during pandemic, boating fatalities up 25%

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FAIRFIELD — The U.S. Coast Guard reported 767 boating fatalities nationwide in 2020, a 25.1% increase from 2019.

“There is evidence that boating activity increased significantly during the (Covid-19) pandemic, from reports of increased boat sales, insurance policies taken out, insurance claims and calls for towing assistance. With the increased exposure . . . there was greater risk of deaths, injuries and accidents,” the Coast Guard reported in a statement released with the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics Report.

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