Report: Paddle boarding deaths on the rise

All paddle boarders are required to wear a personal flotation device, a leash to stay connected to board, and a whistle or they could face a $300 fine.

All paddle boarders are required to wear a personal flotation device, a leash to stay connected to board, and a whistle or they could face a $300 fine. (7/4/16)

BABYLON - A new report says paddle boarding deaths were up in 2015.

According to an annual state report, half of the 16 people who died in boating accidents in New York last year were on paddle boards.

So far this year, a Long Islander paddle boarding near Atlantic Beach was killed and another from Connecticut died after being swept into the Long Island Sound.

U.S. Coast Guard regulations require anyone on board a kayak, canoe or paddle board to wear a personal floatation device.

Karen Martin, of South Shore Paddle Boards, strongly urges her customers to buy a tether to keep the board close, a whistle and a waterproof phone case to call for help in the event of an emergency.

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