Boating deaths increase

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) More people died due to drowning in 2017 according to a new report.

    The Alaska Office of Boating Safety annual report found 20 people died in 16 Alaska boat crashes last year.  That compared to 16 deaths last year.

    The report found that cold waster immersion was the most common cause of death. The majority of the deaths also involved the victim not wearing a life jacket.   The five year average for boating fatalities has dropped from 11.8 deaths per year between 2007-2012.

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