Table 4-5 Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and Drownings in Recreational Boating Accidents, 2000

Table 4-5
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and Drownings in Recreational Boating Accidents, 2000

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Boat type Was PFD worn ? Total drownings
Yes No
Auxiliary sail 0 12 12
Cabin motorboat 5 27 32
Canoe/kayak 28 65 93
Houseboat 0 7 7
Inflatable 7 8 15
Open motorboat 19 261 280
Other 0 9 9
Personal watercraft 13 11 24
Pontoon 0 3 3
Rowboat 1 34 35
Sail (only) 1 4 4
Total 74 445 519

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.

  • Life jackets and other PFDs can reduce loss of life in boating accidents.
  • 86 percent of the people who drowned in recreational boating accidents in 2000 were not using PFDs.