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Recreational Boater Accidents & Casualties 

Figure 11 DEATHS, INJURIES, & ACCIDENTS BY YEAR, 1997-2018

Where Alcohol Use Was The Primary Contributing Factor:

  • Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.

  • 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.

Figure 6 NUMBER OF DEATHS BY VESSEL LENGTH

2018 Recreational Boating Statistics

Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.

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U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics

USCG Accident Statistics