Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2003

Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2003

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 83 15 36 32 15 59
Alaska 48 16 12 20 21 20
Arizona 188 5 121 62 7 136
Arkansas 50 6 26 18 6 39
California 797 56 394 347 61 502
Colorado 54 6 41 7 7 50
Connecticut 55 2 26 27 3 39
Delaware 5 1 0 4 1 0
District of Columbia 3 3 0 0 3 0
Florida 752 58 364 330 64 487
Georgia 141 13 93 35 13 109
Hawaii 3 0 3 0 0 5
Idaho 54 7 25 22 7 29
Illinois 82 10 44 28 13 62
Indiana 56 6 30 20 7 50
Iowa 25 0 20 5 0 24
Kansas 35 3 21 11 3 26
Kentucky 55 8 37 10 9 47
Louisiana 130 34 72 24 40 117
Maine 55 7 27 21 7 45
Maryland 146 10 90 46 13 107
Massachusetts 43 7 23 13 8 38
Michigan 218 25 116 77 29 147
Minnesota 106 14 63 29 17 78
Mississippi 41 7 22 12 8 32
Missouri 201 15 121 65 17 170
Montana 11 3 6 2 4 9
Nebraska 39 4 28 7 5 38
Nevada 89 8 51 30 9 80
New Hampshire 49 5 20 24 6 27
New Jersey 85 17 67 1 17 78
New Mexico 31 2 21 8 2 27
New York 224 23 97 104 34 131
North Carolina 144 17 82 45 18 110
North Dakota 10 2 6 2 3 11
Ohio 122 17 59 46 19 83
Oklahoma 72 13 43 16 14 60
Oregon 73 15 36 22 18 54
Pennsylvania 79 9 46 24 11 52
Rhode Island 30 4 9 17 4 14
South Carolina 108 27 47 34 30 137
South Dakota 24 3 11 10 4 174
Tennessee 155 16 102 37 17 33
Texas 198 34 124 40 36 0
Utah 58 6 27 25 6 82
Vermont 2 1 0 1 1 66
Virginia 115 18 55 42 20 9
Washington 126 14 52 60 16 101
West Virginia 14 3 6 5 3 10
Wisconsin 126 19 75 32 20 4
Wyoming 10 2 6 2 2 9
United States, total1 5,438 621 2,911 1,906 703 3,888

1 The U.S. total includes accidents in Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and those occurring offshore.

NOTES: An accident is listed under one category only, with fatal being the highest priority, followed by nonfatal injury, followed by property damage. For example, if two vessels are in an accident resulting in a fatality and a nonfatal injury, the accident is counted as a fatal accident involving two vessels.

These data do not include: 1) accidents involving only slight injury not requiring medical treatment beyond first-aid; 2) accidents involving property damage of less than $2,000; 3) accidents not caused or contributed to by a vessel, its equipment, or its appendages; 4) accidents where a person died or was injured from natural causes while aboard a vessel; 5) accidents in which the boat was used solely as a platform for other activities, such as swimming or skin diving. Such cases are not included because the victims freely left the safety of a boat. However, the data do include accidents involving people in the water who are struck by their boat or another boat; and 6) accidents involving damage, injury, or death on a docked or moored boat resulting from storms, unusual tidal, sea, or swell conditions, or when a vessel got underway in those conditions in an attempt to rescue persons put in peril.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics, 2003, Washington, DC: 2004, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/Boating_Statistics_2003.pdf as of Dec. 1, 2004.