Resources- Watercraft

didu-know          The majority of fatalities occur involving boats of less than 26′, in calm water with waves less than 6” and in light wind (0-6 mph), during the months of June and July, on a Saturday, between 2:30pm -6:30pm.


didu-know          In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.


didu-know          70% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, of those, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.


didu-know          Only 11% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.


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


didu-know          Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16% of the deaths.


didu-know          Fifteen children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2011. 60% of the children who died in 2011 died from drowning. 78% of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.


 Can you pass the quiz?   Safe Boating “Quick Quiz“?