Recreational Boating Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries, 2006
|Type of accident||Total||Fatalities||Injuries||Property damage|
|Collision with vessel||1,360||75||1,001||$9,527,059|
|Collision with fixed object||517||47||391||$5,073,039|
|Fall in boat||199||4||221||$88,225|
|Collision with floating object||142||8||86||$1,252,054|
|Struck by motor/propeller||107||8||98||$19,300|
|Other type of accident||101||10||72||$168,337|
|Struck submerged object||86||2||30||$552,459|
|Struck by boat||66||1||68||$21,402|
|Ejected from vessel||40||13||33||$463,573|
|Fall on boat||29||1||29||$7,050|
|Carbon monoxide exposure||18||12||51||$99,500|
NOTES: These data do not include: 1) accidents involving ONLY slight injury not requiring medical treatment beyond first aid; 2) accidents involving ONLY property damage to vessels and other property less than $ 2,000 per accident; 3) accidents not caused or contributed to by a vessel, its equipment, or its appendages; and 4) accidents in which the boat was used SOLELY as a platform for other activities, such as swimming or skin diving.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics, 2006; available at: http://www.uscgboating.org as of Mar. 24, 2008.
- Capsizing was the most frequent accident type associated with recreational boating fatalities in 2006, followed by falls overboard. Collision with another vessel was a distant third.
- In 2006, recreational boating accidents caused more than $43 million worth of property damage. Fuel and nonrelated fire/explosion, collision with other vessels, and collision with fixed object lead the incidents in terms of the value property damage.