Coast Guard officials say there were no fatalities or serious accidents, though, and that's good news.
Twenty-five people were investigated on suspicion of boating under the influence on Lake Washington over Seafair weekend this year, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release.
“Overall, this year’s Seafair was a success,” said Lt. Cmdr. Pat Gallagher, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in the release. “Although we did have some rescue and BUI cases, there were no fatalities or serious accidents, and we appreciate the cooperation between responders, Seafair staff and members of the boating public to make this a fun and safe event.”
Between 2012 to 2015, the number of people cited on suspicion of boating under the influence from alcohol or marijuana fell from 120 to 16, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard officials attribute the years’ drop to a change in atmosphere for a “big party event” to a more responsible environment.
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Coast Guard crews and other officials this year conducted more than 1,000 safety checks and attended to seven rescue-related incidents.