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Recreational Boating Accidents

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StateNumber of accidentsNumber of persons
TotalFatalNonfatal injuryProperty damageKilledInjured
Alabama711235241353
Alaska181035114
Arizona8774238766
Arkansas5472225833
California3792917517538256
Colorado571230151237
Connecticut4051718527
Delaware1515917
District of Columbia201101
Florida5816220231770327
Georgia921247331381
Hawaii933333
Idaho431015181017
Illinois841738292263
Indiana4091417925
Iowa3361413715
Kansas17674612
Kentucky4682414938
Louisiana11318603518114
Maine3551416514
Maryland1301083371296
Massachusetts8253146656
Michigan971842371951
Minnesota50142971438
Mississippi2521112316
Missouri14213795014101
Montana14392315
Nebraska261187120
Nevada47722181132
New Hampshire4411924127
New Jersey11134167377
New Mexico130112013
New York17527678127105
North Carolina1242268342692
North Dakota1142554
Ohio1001533522243
Oklahoma506359651
Oregon6171737727
Pennsylvania662023232139
Rhode Island403829321
South Carolina1241359521492
South Dakota812513
Tennessee1111350481469
Texas16734745939119
Utah8053540544
Vermont514019
Virginia601527181740
Washington1222244562267
West Virginia10295637985
Wisconsin243813313
Wyoming1144348
United States, total (excluding territories)4,0385401,7791,7196002,666
United States, total (including territories)(1)4,0645481,7851,7316102,678
Notes: 

An accident is listed under one category only, with Fatal being the highest priority, followed by Nonfatal injury, followed by Property damage.  For example, if two vessels are in an accident resulting in a Fatality and a Nonfatal injury, the accident is counted as a fatal accident involving two vessels.

Data in this table do not include: 1) accidents involving only slight injury not requiring medical treatment beyond first-aid; 2) accidents involving property damage of less than $2,000; 3) accidents not caused or contributed to by a vessel, its equipment, or its appendages; 4) accidents where a person died or was injured from natural causes while aboard a vessel; 5) accidents in which the boat was used solely as a platform for other activities, such as swimming or skin diving. Such cases are not included because the victims freely left the safety of a boat. However, the data do include accidents involving people in the water who are struck by their boat or another boat; and 6) accidents involving damage, injury, or death on a docked or moored boat resulting from storms, unusual tidal, sea, or swell conditions, or when a vessel got underway in those conditions in an attempt to rescue persons put in peril.

Description: 

1 Includes accidents in Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and those occurring offshore.

Source: 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics 2014, table 30, available at www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of June 2015.

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