RECREATIONAL BOATING FATALITIES

RECREATIONAL BOATING FATALITIES

Recreational Boating Fatalities (annual data)

Recreational Boating Fatalities (annual data)

Most fatalities, injuries, and accidents in water transportation involve recreational boating. Most recreational boating is discretionary, and the purpose of trips generally is to spend time on the water. The main cause of recreational boating accidents is human error.

Recreational Boating 1999 2000*
Fatalities 778 742
Percent change from previous year -4.54 -4.63

* Preliminary estimate

NOTE: Recreational boats include motorboats, personal watercraft (e.g., jet skis), sail boats, houseboats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and some other kinds of watercraft.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues).