Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2009

Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2009

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 75 11 29 35 14 44
Alaska 19 13 4 2 14 6
Arizona 151 3 98 50 3 120
Arkansas 78 16 30 32 17 51
California 478 42 255 181 47 393
Colorado 60 12 35 13 13 50
Connecticut 56 8 21 27 8 33
Delaware 16 1 5 10 1 5
District of Columbia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 610 53 277 280 67 420
Georgia 145 11 89 45 12 108
Hawaii 19 7 1 11 7 3
Idaho 74 13 36 25 15 50
Illinois 96 15 41 40 16 68
Indiana 42 13 24 5 13 30
Iowa 37 3 21 13 3 29
Kansas 27 5 13 9 6 16
Kentucky 62 17 27 18 21 40
Louisiana 120 26 63 31 33 112
Maine 44 8 21 15 8 27
Maryland 174 16 104 54 17 141
Massachusetts 51 10 24 17 10 31
Michigan 131 32 57 42 36 89
Minnesota 82 14 45 23 15 78
Mississippi 39 15 10 14 16 19
Missouri 150 16 79 55 17 112
Montana 20 6 11 3 6 17
Nebraska 31 5 20 6 6 27
Nevada 67 6 35 26 7 45
New Hampshire 60 6 31 23 7 39
New Jersey 126 6 40 80 6 57
New Mexico 34 3 18 13 3 21
New York 148 19 60 69 23 78
North Carolina 144 19 79 46 19 101
North Dakota 7 0 3 4 0 7
Ohio 105 9 37 59 9 54
Oklahoma 55 10 27 18 14 46
Oregon 67 11 28 28 13 45
Pennsylvania 58 11 31 16 11 61
Rhode Island 50 1 5 44 1 13
South Carolina 95 7 50 38 11 78
South Dakota 21 3 11 7 3 21
Tennessee 117 19 51 47 22 77
Texas 168 34 81 53 38 125
Utah 87 8 52 27 11 81
Vermont 4 2 2 0 2 2
Virginia 137 23 69 45 27 91
Washington 111 17 41 53 22 66
West Virginia 32 13 13 6 15 18
Wisconsin 102 15 55 32 16 68
Wyoming 18 4 10 4 4 24
United States, total (excluding territories) 4,700 637 2,269 1,794 725 3,337
United States, total (including territories)1 4,730 646 2,278 1,806 736 3,358

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 2009 (Washington, DC: 2010), table 29, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of Jun. 21, 2011.