Coast Guard and Northeast partners team up for Operation Dry Water

BOSTON − The Coast Guard and Northeast partner agencies are scheduled to participate in Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at preventing boating accidents resulting from boating under the influence.

The campaign, which runs from July 3 – 5, comes during a noted increase in boats on the water and boating accidents.

As of June 26, 2020, fatal boating accidents in the Northeast have doubled compared to this time last year. The Coast Guard has seen a nationwide increase of over 19 percent in fatal boating accidents this year when compared to the same time frame in 2019.

“If you’re heading out on the water this holiday weekend, have fun and always take appropriate safety precautions,” said Rear Admiral Tom Allan, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard First District. “Wear a life jacket, never drink if you plan to operate a boat, check the weather before departing, and tell a family member or friend where you’re going and when you will return.”

Alcohol continues to be a common factor in fatal boating accidents. Boaters should never operate a vessel or paddle craft under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and should always wear a life jacket.

As part of Operation Dry Water, the Coast Guard and partner agencies will have an increased presence on the water over the Fourth of July weekend to enforce boating laws and to ensure quick response in the event of maritime emergencies.

For more boating safety information, visit USCGBoating.org.

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