Table 2-44. Personal Watercraft Safety Data

Table 2-44. Personal Watercraft Safety Data

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  1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Total 1987-98
Fatalities 5 20 20 28 26 34 35 56 68 57 84 78 511
Injured persons 156 254 402 532 708 730 915 1,338 1,617 1,837 1,812 1,743 12,044
Accidentsa 376 650 844 1,162 1,513 1,650 2,236 3,002 3,986 4,099 4,070 3,607 27,195
Sales 29,000 48,000 64,000 72,000 68,000 79,000 107,000 142,000 200,000 191,000 176,000 130,000 1,306,000
Number in use 92,756 126,881 178,510 241,376 305,915 372,283 454,545 600,000 760,000 900,000 1,000,000 1,100,000 6,132,266

a Total vessels involved.

NOTE: Personal watercraft are less than 13 feet in length and are designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting,standing, or kneeling on craft rather than within the confines of the hull.

SOURCES: Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents: U.S. Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics - 1998 (Washington, DC: 1999).
Sales: Personal Watercraft Industry Association, Internet site http://www.pwia.org/Abo_PWC.htm, as of Jun. 19, 2000.
Use: 1987-96: National Marine Manufacturers Association, data compiled by the United States Coast Guard, personal communications.
1997-98: Ibid., Internet site http://www.nmma.org/facts/boatingstats/statistic98.html, as of June 19, 2000.