U.S. Coast Guard recreational boating statistics now available

June 2, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard has released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide that year totaled 626, the third lowest number of annual boating fatalities on record. From 2014 to 2015, injuries decreased from 2,678 to 2,613, a 2.4 percent decrease; deaths increased from 610 to 626, a 2.6 percent increase; …

Minnesota child’s death prompts Sophia’s Law for CO detectors on boats

June 1, 2016

Minnesota law now requires carbon monoxide detectors on boats with enclosed spaces, according to WWCO News. Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless, but extremely toxic. There were 1,200 carbon monoxide poisonings nationwide last year, and 500 deaths. WCCO reports that in Minnesota, 5 percent of carbon monoxide poisonings are on boats. Sophia’s Law is named …