Table 5-1 Recreational Boating-Age of Fatality Victims and Injuries, 2006

Table 5-1
Recreational Boating-Age of Fatality Victims and Injuries, 2006

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Age of victim Drownings Other deaths Total fatalities Total injuries
12 and under 15 14 29 231
13 - 19 39 23 62 628
20 - 29 97 39 136 725
30 - 39 78 31 109 570
40 - 49 83 43 126 477
50 - 59 66 36 102 333
60 - 69 38 20 58 133
70 - 79 28 16 44 42
80 and Over 7 1 8 9
Unknown 23 13 36 326
Total 474 236 710 3,474

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.

  • Most drowning victims whose ages were known were between the ages of 20 and 29, followed by the 40 to 49 age group.
  • The 20 to 29 age group also had the highest number of recreational boating injuries whose ages were known, followed by the 13 to 19 age group.
  • In 2006, most injuries occurred on open motorboats (1,863). Personal watercraft followed a distant second (919).