Published: Aug 19, 2010 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2010 1:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials say 50 people have died in boating accidents so far this year.

That's up four from this time last year.

Capt. Carol Keyser of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Boating and Waterways Section says the number of fatalities reflects an alarming trend.

Keyser said Thursday that there have been three drownings in the past three months after people jumped into the water from moving boats.

Alcohol also is suspected to have played a role in several recent deaths.