Boating accidents and fatalities are down in Asotin County

Boating accidents and fatalities are down in Asotin County »Play Video
Most people will be required this year to have a Boater Safety Card.
CLARKSTON, WA - The number of boating fatalities in Washington hit a record low in 2013.

The U.S. Coast Guard released its annual boating report which revealed a total of 560-fatal accidents reported last year. That's a decrease of 14%, the lowest number they've ever seen!

Boating related injuries also decreased by roughly 13%. Asotin County Boat Sergeant Cory Kingsbury said Asotin County hasn't had a boating fatality in four-years.

"I think it's excellent," said Kingsbury. "I believe boaters are being safer out there. People are wearing their life jackets and staying cautious and observant while their out on the waterway."

Kingsbury thinks the reason boating fatalities have gone down is because of the new implication of the Boater Safety Card. Beginning this year, everyone is required to have this card before they can operate a boat on the water. To get one, you can take classes online or at the Sheriff's Office. If you get your boating safety card in Idaho, it can also be used in Washington.