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USCG 2017 uscg accident stats - 2018 LJA Annual Conference

  1. 1. Life Jacket Association (June 25-27, 2018) Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  2. 2. *I’m Donald Kerlin, Chief, Program Management & Operations Branch (CG-BSX-21), Boating Safety Division (CG-BSX-2). *My Group, specifically Susan Weber, is responsible for this Publication
  3. 3. *You can find the Publication at http://uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php
  4. 4. *A USCG Press Release was issued on 5/29/2018 and highlighted some items as follows: *Fatalities totaled 658, a 6.1 % decrease from 2016 *Injuries decreased 9.4 % and total number of accidents decreased 3.9 % *Captain Johnson stated “Wearing a life jacket is the single-most important thing you can do to save your life or the life of someone you care about.” *Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents *Where the cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket. *The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, attach the engine cut-off switch, get a free vessel safety check, and boat sober.
  5. 5. *2017 Executive Summary: *4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries, and ~$46M of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. *The fatality rate was 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This represents a 6.8% decrease from the 2016 fatality rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. * Where the cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket.
  6. 6. *Where length was known, eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length. *Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 19% of deaths. *Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. *Where data was known, the most common vessel types involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (18%), and cabin motorboats (16%). *Where data was known, the vessel types with the highest percentage of deaths were open motorboats (47%), kayaks (15%), and personal watercraft (7%).
  7. 7. *Data by Years: *2017 701 deaths *2016 710 *2015 626 *2014 610 *2013 560

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