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Dangerous Waters

FCIR and NBC6 examine how lax regulations may have contributed to an increase in boater deaths in Florida.
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Visualized: Boating Accidents in Florida, 2011

Grant Smith: FCIR compiled data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of all the boating accidents reported in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Deaths

Lax regulations on safety equipment and few mandates for formal boating safety education have made the Sunshine State’s world-famous waters hazardous.