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NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK

MAY 18 - MAY 24, 2013

U.S. COAST GUARD RELEASES 2012 RECREATONAL BOATING STATISTICS REPORT

Almost 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, almost 85% were not reported as wearing a life jacket.

Only 9% of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction from a NASBLA approved course provider.

7 out of 10 boaters who drowned were in vessels less than 21 feet in length.

Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed rank as the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents.

Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.

24 children under age 13 lost their lives while boating during 2012. 10 children or approximately 42% of the children who died in 2012 died from drowning. Only 20% of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.

THE COAST GUARD REMINDS ALL BOATERS TO BOAT RESPONSIBILY WHILE ON THE WATER: WEAR A LIFE JACKET, TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE, GET A FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK, & AVOID ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.

TO VIEW THE COMPLETE 2012 RECREATIONAL BOATING STASTICS GO TO: http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx.

 

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