- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire authorities are reminding boaters to stay dry this weekend.

Marine Patrol officers are out in force for enhanced patrols this weekend as part of a national effort called Operation Dry Water.

The goal is to reduce alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Last year, the 628 participating local, state and federal agencies made 518 boating-under-the-influence arrests and issued more than 33,000 warnings and citations.

The U.S. Coast Guard says alcohol is the primary known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths.

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