Summer release. With everything that was going on this spring and summer, you might have missed the U.S. Coast Guard's issuance of the annual Recreational Boating Statistics for 2019. The report shows 4,168 accidents involving 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries and about $55 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating incidents. The fatality rate in 2019 was 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, a figure tying the second lowest rate in program history. Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in the fatal accidents, representing 23 percent of the total. Check out the full report for more detail.
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