Recreational Boating Fatalities (annual data)

Recreational Boating Fatalities (annual data). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email for further assistance.

2000 data are preliminary

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 -4.63 -4.54

* Preliminary estimate

NOTE: Recreational boats include motorboats, personal watercraft (e.g., jet skis), sailboats, 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).