Table 5-4
Recreational Boating Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries, 2006

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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
Skier mishap 510 12 514 $1,803
Fall overboard 485 202 306 $363,915
Capsizing 455 215 237 $1,744,198
Grounding 252 12 165 $2,797,198
Flooding/swamping 216 26 54 $2,095,852
Fall in boat 199 4 221 $88,225
Collision with floating object 142 8 86 $1,252,054
Fire/explosion (fuel) 141 1 66 $6,022,964
Sinking 114 13 21 $2,657,135
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
Fire/explosion (other) 63 1 14 $10,693,811
Ejected from vessel 40 13 33 $463,573
Departed vessel-swimming 36 31 6 $0
Fall on boat 29 1 29 $7,050
Unknown 23 12 8 $21,550
Carbon monoxide exposure 18 12 51 $99,500
Departed vessel-retrieval 4 3 1 $0
Departed vessel 3 1 2 $0
Total 4,967 710 3,474 $43,670,424

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.



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