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USCG Office of Boating Safety

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Presenter: Verne Gifford, Chief, USCG Boating Safety Division

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USCG Office of Boating Safety

  1. 1. Verne Gifford, CG-BSX-2, 504-982-3717
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  3. 3. 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 0 2,000,000 4,000,000 6,000,000 8,000,000 10,000,000 12,000,000 14,000,000 16,000,000 Deaths RegisteredVessels Registered Vessels Linear Est Deaths Annual Deaths Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 enacted. Estimate more than 61,000 lives saved since FBSA of 1971 enacted. Registered Vessels and Deaths 1962-2016
  4. 4. Recreational v. Commercial 2012 2013 2014 2015 Rec Deaths 651 560 610 626 Rec Injuries 2953 3243 3224 3249 Total 3604 3803 3834 3875 Mariner Deaths 55 47 50 32 Mariner Injuries 107 114 111 106 Total 162 161 161 138 Passenger Deaths 13 22 18 26 Passenger Injuries 171 135 122 101 Total 184 157 140 127
  5. 5. A Year’s Worth of Boardings (FY 18) •44,591 rec boat boardings: 36,353 w/ no violations (81.5% compliance rate) •10,633 vios issued to 8,238 rec boats 725 vios for life jackets (1.6% non-compliance rate) 590 for quantity 53 for condition 46 for size 30 for stowage 1,475 vios for throwables (3.3% non-compliance rate)
  6. 6. Boating Fatalities Year Deaths 2018 629 (-4.5%) 2017 659 (-5.9%) 2016 701 2015 626 2014 610 2013 560 2012 651 2011 758 2010 672 2009 736 • 4th lowest • Biggest regional dip: Southwest (91 to 55, -40%), SE and NE: -10%; Mountain, Heartland, App: +10% • Progressive Insurance: MN and FL to gauge accident reporting gap (95% gap)
  7. 7. Drowning Deaths •449 of 659 (68.1%) in 2017 caused by drowning •370 of 449 (82.4%) were not wearing a life jacket •68 of 449 (15.1%) were wearing a life jacket •11 unknown
  8. 8. Education •332 of 659 (50.4%) fatalities where education unknown •Of remaining 327 fatalities, 265 (81.0%) had no education 332 (82.4%) were not wearing a life jacket •49 of 327 (15.1%) had some education
  9. 9. A Look at the Increase in Non-motorized Paddling Vessel Deaths # Deaths on a Non-motorized Paddling Vessel Total Deaths (where motorization known) % of Deaths on a Non-motorized Paddling Vessel 2005 139 685 20.3% 2006 151 697 21.7% 2007 144 673 21.4% 2008 170 702 24.2% 2009 198 730 27.1% 2010 185 663 27.9% 2011 211 749 28.2% 2012 157 638 24.6% 2013 153 547 28.0% 2014 178 598 29.8% 2015 181 620 29.2% 2016 199 683 29.1% 2017 196 647 30.3%
  10. 10. Cause of Death by Year on Non-motorized Paddling Vessels 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Carbon monoxide 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cardiac arrest 0 1 0 1 4 1 6 7 6 3 3 4 2 Drowning 125 133 132 152 184 168 183 131 130 156 157 171 175 Hypothermia 6 10 8 7 0 3 2 4 3 0 8 5 1 Other 3 2 1 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 Trauma 1 1 0 1 0 2 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 Unknown 4 4 3 5 10 11 16 12 11 19 11 16 18 Total 139 151 144 170 198 185 211 157 153 178 181 199 196
  11. 11. Life Jacket Wear Rate Study • Open Motorboats, adults: 6.4% from 7.0% (2nd highest) • All boaters: 23.2% from 24.8% • All adults: 11.9%, remained same (tied for highest) • All youth: 67.8% from 71.9% • Lowest wear rate from 0-5 YOA: 90.4% • All paddlecraft, adults: 80.0% from 93.2% (SUPs went up) • All sailboats, adults: 36.4% (highest; youth rate dipped) • D1 Life Jacket Wear Rate Initiative
  12. 12. Mississippi Lake Locations Four USACE Lakes: Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada, Sardis Two Control Lakes: Ross Barnett, Bay Springs
  13. 13. USACE Mississippi Lakes Life Jacket Wear Rate by Age
  14. 14. USACE Mississippi Lakes Adult Life Jacket Wear Rate by Powerboat
  15. 15. USACE Mississippi Lakes Adult Life Jacket Wear Rate by Boating Activity
  16. 16. USACE Mississippi Lakes Number of Boating Related Fatalities 66.67% decrease USACE Vicksburg District Public Water-related Fatalities FY2014: No fatalities FY2015: One fatality (Sardis Lake) FY2016: Four fatalities (Arkansas Lakes) FY2017: No fatalities
  17. 17. D1 Life Jacket Wear Initiative A vessel safety check and a life jacket puts you in a lower boarding bracket. Sector Long Island Sound.
  18. 18. Dana Gage • Chicago Marketing Firm • Fortnight • James Charles • Rick and Morty • Bouyant short • Old Orange Life Jacket • Targeting Teens
  19. 19. NRBSS • Response rates met (Exposure, 30K and Participation, 5K) • Data cleaning continues • Final Survey Reports are due on 21 Oct • Final Methodological Report on 21 Oct • Data Access and Query System (DAQS) • IBWSS • $1.5M • Next surveys now 2021 and not 2020 and 2023
  20. 20. National Recreational Boating Safety Survey (1) Was a life jacket / vest present for each person aboard the boat during the last outing? (2) Were all persons aboard wearing their life jackets / vests the entire time during the outing?
  21. 21. Equivalency
  22. 22. Equivalencies • Leash instead of a life jacket on a SUP? • Throw bag instead of a throwable of a whitewater raft
  23. 23. Projected Vessel Registrations • Total registered boats: 11,830,000 (4 states outstanding) • Change from last year: -1% from 11,961,568 • Highest year: 12,942,414 in 2005 • 12M unregistered boats • 12,942,414 Year Registered Vessels Change 2011 12.174 2012 12.102 -0.6% 2013 12.014 -0.7% 2014 11.804 -1.7% 2015 11.867 0.5% 2016 11.862 -0.0% 2017 11.962 0.8% 2018 11.830 -1.1%
  24. 24. BSX-2 Staffing • 26 positions (1 AD, 25 Civilian, 2 vacancies) • Division Chief and Admin Assistant (both thru Fund) • 11 in Program Management and Operations, BSX-21 (8 thru Fund) • 6 in Grants Management, BSX-22 (all thru Fund) • 7 in Product Assurance, BSX-23 (3 thru Fund) • Management Analyst Position (hope to advertise in June) • Program Management Position (selected) • YN1 Lucie Michel replacing Mr. Theo Bennett • Shutdown furloughed six for five weeks • Eight RBS Specialists in Districts (D14 has none) • Mr. Paul Barnard, D8 • Mr. Paul Neuman, D11
  25. 25. FY2019 RBS Funds Distribution • FY19 Transfer from DOI: • Less Sequestered Funds: • Sequestered FY18 Funds Returned: • RBS Program Admin: • NPO Grants: • Unused Prior FY Admin Funds: • Recovered Prior FY Grant Funds: • State RBS Distribution: $116,999,410 $7,253,963 $7,515,616 $8,167,932 $5,454,657 $78,199 $963,190 $104,679,863
  26. 26. State Compliance Program • 1. Application for CON not in compliance with 1/1/2017 changes. • 2. CON not in compliance with 1/1/2017 changes. • 3. TEMP CON does not contain the required information. • 4. Collection of fees not allowed under federal statue/regulations. • 5. NAVRULES are not in agreement. • 6. PFD type codes still in state regulation/law. • 7. HIN validation process not established or is incomplete. • 8. Vessel classifications not in agreement with federal minimums (SNS change effective 1/1/2017). • 9. Boating Accident Reporting timeframes not met.
  27. 27. Next Six Months • All vacancies filled • NRBSS completed • Regulatory projects: UCOTA-V NPRM and Fire Protection • Virtual Visit Program • Outreach Strategic Plan • Start to better project deaths • Better gauge reporting gap • SOP completion
  28. 28. The Calendar • Western State Boating Administrator Association (WSBAA); Oklahoma City, OK; 12-15 May 2019 • American Boating Congress; Washington, DC; 13-15 May 2019 • Life Jacket Association Annual Meeting, 14-15 May 2019 • Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, 17 May 2019 • National Safe Boating Week, 18-24 May 2019 • Operation Dry Water, 5-7 Jul 2019 • Paddlesports Retailer Show; Oklahoma City, OK; 26-29 Aug 2019 • NASBLA Annual Meeting; Anchorage, AK; 29 Sep-2 Oct 2019 • NBSAC 102; Washington, DC; 22-24 Oct 2019 • NBSAC 103; TBD; 21-23 Apr 2019 • NBSAC 104; Washington, DC; 6-8 Oct 2019

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