Table 2-43. Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage Data

Table 2-43. Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage Data

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Fatalities 739 1,360 1,418 1,466 1,360 1,116 865 924 816 800 784 829 709 821 R815 734
Injuries 929 927 780 2,136 2,650 2,757 3,822 3,967 3,683 3,559 4,084 4,141 4,442 4,555 R4,612 4,315
Accidents 2,738 3,752 3,803 6,308 5,513 6,237 6,411 6,573 6,048 6,335 6,906 8,019 8,026 R8,047 R8,061 7,935
Vessels involved 3,785 4,792 4,762 8,002 6,954 8,305 8,591 8,821 8,206 8,688 9,722 11,534 11,306 11,396 11,368 U
Numbered boatsa (millions) 2.5 6.4 7.4 7.3 8.6 9.6 11.0 11.1 11.1 11.3 11.4 11.7 11.9 12.3 12.6 U
Rates per 100,000 numbered boats                               
Fatalities 32.8 21.3 19.2 20.1 15.8 11.6 7.8 8.3 7.3 7.1 6.9 7.1 6.0 6.7 6.5 U
Injuries 37.1 14.5 10.5 29.3 30.8 28.7 34.7 35.7 33.2 31.5 35.8 35.4 37.3 37.0 36.7 U
Accidents 109.5 58.6 51.4 86.4 64.1 65.0 58.3 59.8 54.5 56.1 60.6 68.5 67.4 65.4 64.1 U
Accident reports citing alcohol involvementN N N N N 279 568 513 504 381 389 472 601 R698 704 U
Property damage (current $ millions)3.2 4.7 8.2 10.4 16.4 20.0 23.8 24.8 b34.8 20.2 R25.2 R30.3 R23.2 29.0 31 U

a Prior to 1975, the count of numbered boats is an estimate.
b Includes $11 million damage due to a boat fire.

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

NOTE: Only a small fraction of property damages and nonfatal accidents are reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues).