Table 5-5
Recreational Boating Accidents by Body of Water, 2006

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  Accidents Fatalities
Ocean/Gulf 315 44
Great Lakes (not tributaries) 82 17
Bays, inlets, sounds, harbors 729 64
Rivers, streams, creeks 1,160 221
Lakes, ponds, reservoirs, dams, gravel pits 2,478 326
Other/Not reported 203 38
Totals 4,967 710

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics, 2006; available at: as of Mar. 24, 2008.

  • Calm water conditions, light and moderate winds, good daytime visibility, and water temperature between 70 and 89 degrees are the weather and water conditions tied to the highest number of accidents.
  • Approximately 63% of recreational boating fatalities occur in the daytime in good visibility.

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