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Florida Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Commission urges boat safety

Florida Wildlife officials are urging boaters to keep safe while out on the water during Memorial Day celebrations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says its officers have responded to 236 accidents so far this year, including 11 fatalities.
   
Out of last year's 62 boating fatalities, 38 were due to drowning.
The FWC reports that boat operators failing to pay attention remains the leading cause for boating accidents.
   
They say it's best to drive slow and wear a life jacket at all times to avoid potentially deadly issues.