NORFOLK, VA (AP) -- The Coast Guard is urging caution among boaters this holiday weekend after reporting seven water-related deaths in the Mid-Atlantic region in the past week.
The deaths occurred in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina. Victims ranged from a 14-year-old boy who fell from a sandbar in Virginia's Rappahannock River to a 55-year-old man who fell overboard while crabbing in Maryland's Bush River. A 25-year-old Coast Guardsman also died after falling from a speed boat in New Jersey.
Other deaths came after boats capsized in Maryland and when someone fell while inner-tubing off Carolina Beach.
While the average number of water-related deaths has dropped regionally, trends show that numbers rise during the summer.
The Coast Guard's regional command in Virginia urged boaters on Thursday to take safety courses.
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