Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2011

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 73 14 38 21 19 58
Alaska 20 13 1 6 15 5
Arizona 158 10 99 49 11 133
Arkansas 55 13 21 21 15 30
California 399 47 218 134 52 322
Colorado 58 9 30 19 10 32
Connecticut 42 8 14 20 8 27
Delaware 10 3 1 6 3 1
District of Columbia 4 1 1 2 1 1
Florida 685 56 310 319 61 422
Georgia 96 14 59 23 14 75
Hawaii 17 6 1 10 6 1
Idaho 57 11 30 16 12 36
Illinois 106 20 47 39 23 67
Indiana 50 10 24 16 10 41
Iowa 38 4 19 15 4 25
Kansas 40 7 14 19 7 23
Kentucky 46 9 24 13 10 34
Louisiana 112 30 57 25 36 94
Maine 48 11 16 21 12 26
Maryland 184 17 117 50 19 165
Massachusetts 46 9 18 19 9 26
Michigan 129 24 76 29 26 101
Minnesota 75 14 50 11 16 62
Mississippi 34 11 14 9 11 19
Missouri 128 17 60 51 20 85
Montana 19 9 9 1 10 16
Nebraska 22 4 15 3 5 19
Nevada 42 7 15 20 7 28
New Hampshire 36 2 20 14 2 21
New Jersey 119 8 35 76 8 51
New Mexico 24 1 13 10 2 16
New York 173 25 77 71 28 104
North Carolina 144 27 67 50 28 79
North Dakota 10 3 1 6 5 1
Ohio 135 13 57 65 15 96
Oklahoma 57 10 27 20 11 38
Oregon 66 10 31 25 10 39
Pennsylvania 87 22 50 15 22 59
Rhode Island 26 2 5 19 2 8
South Carolina 93 17 51 25 19 68
South Dakota 13 2 5 6 2 9
Tennessee 117 21 46 50 22 60
Texas 197 34 72 91 37 105
Utah 109 8 55 46 8 75
Vermont 7 3 3 1 3 4
Virginia 121 19 67 35 21 96
Washington 93 14 36 43 15 54
West Virginia 17 6 8 3 8 8
Wisconsin 110 19 53 38 22 84
Wyoming 16 5 8 3 6 21
United States, total (excluding territories) 4,563 679 2,185 1,699 748 3,070
United States, total (including territories)1 4,588 686 2,193 1,709 758 3,081

1Includes 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 2011, table 30, available at www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of April 2013.