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 2000
Fatalities 739 1,360 1,418 1,466 1,360 1,116 865 924 816 800 784 829 709 821 815 734 c701
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 4,612 4,315 4,355
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 8,047 8,061 R7,931 7,740
Vessels involved R,d3,562 R,d4,778 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 11,190 10,984
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 12.7 12.8
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 R5.9 6.7 6.5 5.8 5.5
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 36.6 33.9 34.0
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 62.3 60.5
Accident reports citing alcohol involvement N N N N N 279 568 513 504 381 389 472 601 698 704 633 696
Property damage (current $ millions) 3.2 4.7 8.2 10.4 16.4 20.0 23.8 24.8 b34.8 20.2 R,d25.9 R,d21.5 23.2 29.0 31.0 28.9 34.7

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

a Prior to 1975, the count of numbered boats is an estimate.

b Includes $11 million damage due to a boat fire.

c The numbers for recreational boating safety fatalities are raw numbers - CG reports a 6% addition as instructed by the DOT IG because they found a discrepancy in a review of SARMIS and BARD data. (See the discussion found in the DOT FY2003 Performance Plan/Report on pg. 135 under data details of recreational boating fatalities).

d U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, personal communication, May 15, 2002.

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).