Table 4-2 Recreational Boating Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries, 2000

Table 4-2
Recreational Boating Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries, 2000

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Boat type Boats in accidents Number of injuries Drownings Other fatalities Total fatalities
Airboat 10 5 1 0 1
Auxiliary sail 432 51 12 0 12
Cabin motorboat 1,628 408 32 33 65
Canoe/kayak 159 70 93 11 104
Houseboat 164 33 7 2 9
Inflatable 40 20 15 1 16
Jet boat 20 11 1 0 1
Open motorboat 4,318 1,957 280 81 361
Personal watercraft 3,268 1,580 24 44 68
Pontoon 254 72 3 0 3
Rowboat 65 20 35 3 38
Sail (only) 110 22 4 3 7
Other 122 29 9 2 11
Unknown 394 77 4 2 6
Total 10,984 4,355 519 182 701

NOTE: These data do not include: 1) accidents involving only slight injury not requiring medical treatment beyond first-aid; 2) accidents involving property damage of $500 or less; 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. Such cases are not included because the victim freely left the safety of a boat. However, the data do include accidents involving people in the water who are struck by their boat or another boat.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics – 2000, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/saf/pdf/boating_statistics_2000.pdf as of October 2001.

  • Recreational boating accidents in most years results in far more fatalities than accidents involving commercial waterborne transportation (see table 4-1).
  • Most recreational boating accidents and fatalities occurred in open motor boats.