Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - More accidents are occurring on the water across Western New York.
There have been eight boating accidents just in Erie County this year, that's higher than the average amount of accident reports says Sgt. Rick Lauricella of the Erie County Sheriff's Marine Division.
Lauricella says that the warm weather has played a factor, but there's no one alarming reason for what caused the accidents. "I think it's kind of random," said Lauricella. "I think we had some very nice weather for a long period of time, which generally means more people out on the boats and more congestion."
"It can go from weather conditions, to inexperience, to speed" said Lauricella about the main causes of the accidents. "You wouldn't think speed [would be a factor] on a boat, but operating in a congested area too quickly [can be dangerous]." Lauricella added that while collisions between two boats are not common, he was not surprised at the collision on the Niagara River because it can be such a congested area for boaters.
Lauricella says that many accidents occur at night, where boaters need to be extra cautious.
"You have to be extra cautious when operating in the nighttime conditions strictly because of the back-lights and limited visibility" Lauricella said.
Lauricella adds that the water is massive, and that if you do find yourself in trouble and calling for help, knowing your exact location, preferably a latitude and longitude, can help to avoid serious harm.