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At least seven people were injured in a New Jersey boating accident after a motor yacht carrying 21 people exploded. According to The Associated Press, the yacht accident occurred 17 nautical miles due east of Sandy Hook. Officials say all of the occupants were able to get aboard life rafts. The nature or extent of the injuries suffered by the victims is not known and officials are still investigating the cause of this boat explosion.

According to The United States Coast Guard, there were 4,588 recreational boating accidents in the year 2011. In those accidents, 758 people were killed and 3,081 were injured, resulting in an average of 6.2 fatalities for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Seventy percent of all fatal boating accidents involved drowning and 84 percent of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard also reports that the 119 New Jersey boating accidents in 2011 resulted in eight fatalities. That is the same number of people that were killed in New Jersey boating accidents in the year 2010 and a slight increase from the six fatalities suffered in the year 2009.

May 19 to May 25 is observed as National Safe Boating Week. The United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary ask all recreational boaters to be safe and to take precautions before taking to the water this season. A recent press release regarding National Safe Boating Week stated that there were more than 4,700 boating accidents in the year 2009. These boating accidents resulted in 700 deaths and thousands of injuries. Approximately 75 percent of fatal boating accidents involved drowning and 84 percent of the fatally injured victims were not wearing life jackets.

All New Jersey boaters should get a Vessel Safety Check before putting their boat in the water. This is a free service provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadron and involves safety checks on boats that take less than 15 minutes. During the check-up, each boat will be inspected to make sure that there is safety equipment on board that it is in working order.

Once you have determined that your boat is ready for safe use, remember to practice safe habits on the water. Never take your boat out during adverse conditions or when the winds are picking up and the sky is darkening. Operate at safe speeds and slow down if you feel that you are not in complete control. Never take your boat out without a second person on board who can safely maneuver the boat, make sure there is a life jacket for everyone on board, and never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

Boating enthusiasts enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend and beautiful weather are struggling to put their lives back together after a tragic boating accident resulted in the New Jersey wrongful death of one man and injured four others. Law enforcement officials investigating the accident say that one boat collided with another vessel on the Manasquan River in New Jersey sometime on May 23, 2009. This report filed by United Press International said that a 24 year old man of Mahwah, New Jersey was killed when the boat that he was traveling in collided with a larger vessel between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

Hospital officials say that two other passengers in the smaller boat -a 22 year old and a 19 year old-are being treated in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit with undisclosed injuries. They claim that two other passengers in the smaller vessel were treated for minor injuries and released. Two men, ages and locations unknown, who were on the larger vessel at the time of the accident, did not suffer personal injury in New Jersey during the boating accident according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris McLaughlin.

The investigation into the New Jersey boating accident is still underway but McLaughlin said that early evidence suggests that the incident occurred when the operator of the smaller boat lost control of his vessel. At the time the article was published, authorities did not yet know if the consumption of alcohol or drugs contributed to the deadly accident. The investigation into the fatal accident continues and charges may be filed pending test results.

New Jersey boat accident statistics compiled by the United States Coast Guard indicate that there were 136 boating accidents throughout the state in 2007 which resulted in eight deaths and 52 people suffering injuries. Sadly, many of these accidents are avoidable and involve boat operators who are operating their watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or piloting their vessels in a reckless and negligent manner.
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