Boating safety stats
Second-lowest number of boating deaths on record in 2014
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 610 people died in recreational boating accidents in 2014. This marks the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record.
The National Association of Boating Law Administrators offers three basic tips a boater can follow to be safer on the water.
- Take a boating safety course. Where instruction was known, only 12 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had earned a nationally approved boating safety education certificate.
- Wear a life jacket. Where cause of death was known, 78 percent of fatal boating accident victims had drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
- Don’t consume alcohol before or while boating. “When you add alcohol to boating, your senses and judgment can be seriously affected. Your reflexes, balance, coordination and alertness will deteriorate, along with your ability to deal with speed, other boats and threatening weather. You are setting yourself up for a boating accident,” said Eleanor Mariani, NASBLA president. 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 nearly one-fourth of deaths.
Each boat operator holds the key to boating safety. Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on another boater’s abilities.
You can view the 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics here.