At least nine boat-related deaths were recorded in Louisiana this year, an article by The Shreveport Times reported on May 23.
Reports stated that Louisiana had an increase in terms of deadly boating accidents in 2014. Furthermore, the nine more recent deaths are considered to be surprisingly early, as they occurred before the height of boating season. Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard revealed that 78 percent of boating fatalities last year were caused by drowning, where many of the victims were not wearing a personal floating device (PFD). In addition, collision between two water crafts was considered to be the top cause of boating accidents last year. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is expected to be busy monitoring marine activities during the Memorial Day weekend and until the end of the summer season.
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