Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2008

Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2008

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 76 11 25 40 16 44
Alaska 44 11 12 21 14 24
Arizona 158 5 99 54 6 116
Arkansas 66 13 30 23 14 42
California 520 39 279 202 45 376
Colorado 39 7 17 15 7 33
Connecticut 53 9 20 24 11 31
Delaware 11 3 4 4 3 6
District of Columbia 2 0 1 1 0 2
Florida 616 50 267 299 55 371
Georgia 150 16 85 49 18 104
Hawaii 21 5 0 16 5 0
Idaho 65 15 29 21 15 34
Illinois 119 14 52 53 19 79
Indiana 55 7 28 20 8 38
Iowa 38 0 25 13 0 30
Kansas 38 4 14 20 5 16
Kentucky 46 5 23 18 6 32
Louisiana 110 31 55 24 38 98
Maine 32 8 15 9 9 26
Maryland 159 8 102 49 9 135
Massachusetts 64 11 33 20 11 46
Michigan 187 30 94 63 34 116
Minnesota 86 12 50 24 12 59
Mississippi 24 4 13 7 5 22
Missouri 135 19 75 41 20 101
Montana 31 12 14 5 14 20
Nebraska 20 2 9 9 2 11
Nevada 80 6 40 34 6 49
New Hampshire 28 2 15 11 2 17
New Jersey 140 7 64 69 10 97
New Mexico 30 2 21 7 3 28
New York 160 17 62 81 24 98
North Carolina 148 16 89 43 18 121
North Dakota 15 0 10 5 0 12
Ohio 125 12 71 42 15 112
Oklahoma 54 10 26 18 11 37
Oregon 53 11 23 19 13 36
Pennsylvania 59 8 37 14 8 54
Rhode Island 35 4 10 21 4 15
South Carolina 107 25 41 41 29 59
South Dakota 16 3 5 8 3 10
Tennessee 130 18 68 44 20 91
Texas 218 55 104 59 61 167
Utah 80 5 61 14 5 78
Vermont 8 5 3 0 5 4
Virginia 95 15 43 37 17 56
Washington 98 18 46 34 22 72
West Virginia 11 1 5 5 1 8
Wisconsin 110 19 56 35 20 82
Wyoming 11 2 6 3 2 7
United States, total (excluding territories) 4,776 612 2,376 1,788 700 3,322
United States, total (including territories)1 4,789 619 2,379 1,791 709 3,331

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 Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics 2008 (Washington, DC: 2009), table 30, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of Apr. 8, 2010.