Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2004

Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2004

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 70 17 26 27 20 41
Alaska 52 14 14 24 16 33
Arizona 174 10 88 76 11 109
Arkansas 55 5 34 16 8 51
California 603 35 315 253 43 439
Colorado 38 6 24 8 6 29
Connecticut 58 3 24 31 3 29
Delaware 16 1 5 10 1 5
District of Columbia 3 2 0 1 2 0
Florida 713 60 314 339 66 425
Georgia 118 21 68 29 24 82
Hawaii 8 1 0 7 2 0
Idaho 70 9 37 24 10 52
Illinois 72 17 29 26 18 45
Indiana 51 7 23 21 7 30
Iowa 32 2 16 14 2 32
Kansas 36 2 16 18 2 19
Kentucky 46 9 25 12 9 36
Louisiana 156 35 70 51 44 105
Maine 41 6 20 15 6 29
Maryland 178 12 110 56 16 143
Massachusetts 55 9 20 26 9 35
Michigan 143 26 59 58 27 77
Minnesota 88 15 59 14 15 78
Mississippi 35 11 16 8 11 20
Missouri 172 15 99 58 15 117
Montana 12 5 5 2 5 8
Nebraska 36 6 16 14 6 22
Nevada 65 6 33 26 6 47
New Hampshire 35 2 15 18 2 15
New Jersey 124 8 43 73 8 54
New Mexico 21 0 13 8 0 14
New York 178 17 73 88 18 95
North Carolina 140 19 75 46 20 109
North Dakota 7 3 3 1 4 5
Ohio 105 7 49 49 7 59
Oklahoma 55 13 28 14 13 61
Oregon 50 9 19 22 9 21
Pennsylvania 58 11 36 11 11 51
Rhode Island 41 4 14 23 7 24
South Carolina 83 12 41 30 13 54
South Dakota 8 1 3 4 2 5
Tennessee 173 28 117 28 32 169
Texas 159 30 93 36 32 142
Utah 56 3 31 22 3 41
Vermont 5 1 1 3 1 1
Virginia 136 20 84 32 20 101
Washington 134 20 62 52 22 97
West Virginia 9 2 5 2 3 9
Wisconsin 107 24 63 20 24 83
Wyoming 3 1 2 0 1 3
U.S. total (excluding territories) 4,883 602 2,435 1,846 662 3,351
U.S. total (including territories)1 4,904 612 2,442 1,850 676 3,363

1 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.

Data in this table 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, 2004, Washington, DC: 2005, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/Boating_Statistics_2004.pdf as of Oct. 12, 2005.