2020 annual boating statistics release. The U.S. Coast Guard has just released the annual Recreational Boating Statistics for 2020. The report shows 5,265 accidents involving 767 deaths, 3,191 injuries and about $62 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating incidents. The fatality rate in 2020 was 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, the highest rate in recent program history. Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in the fatal accidents, representing 18 percent of the total fatalities. These raw figures will be analyzed for months as researchers attempt to sort through the impacts of the pandemic year. Check out the full report and a copy of the press release.
2018 NRBSS releases: Early December 2020, the Coast Guard released the 2018 written reports on the participation and exposure surveys that together make up what is known as the National Recreational Boating Safety Survey. The two reports can be downloaded from https://uscgboating.org/statistics/national-recreational-boating-safety-survey.php. A web-based Data Access and Query System (DAQS) also is available for users to generate tables and charts from the survey data using predefined queries and filters. The DAQS is available at https://boatingsurvey.org/
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