Simply in time for the July Fourth vacation weekend, the Coast Guard launched its annual report on leisure boating statistics that signifies alarming will increase final yr within the variety of boat-related accidents and deaths.
In 2020, in accordance with the report, the variety of leisure boating accidents elevated 26.3% from the earlier yr, whereas the variety of deaths rose 25.1% and the variety of accidents elevated 24.7%.
The report attributed the rise of accidents, accidents and deaths, at the very least partly, to proof that extra individuals took to the water throughout the pandemic.
The proof was culled from “experiences of elevated boat gross sales, insurance coverage insurance policies taken out, insurance coverage claims and requires towing help.”
In all, the Coast Guard mentioned it counted 5,265 accidents that produced 767 deaths, 3,191 accidents and $62.5 million in property injury.
“The fatality fee was 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered leisure vessels,” the report said. “This fee represents a 25% improve from the 2019 fatality fee of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered leisure vessels.”
The place the reason for loss of life was identified, drowning was the first reason behind loss of life — 75% — for deadly boating accident victims. The report additionally discovered that 86% of the drowning victims weren’t sporting a life jacket or different flotation gadget.
The report additionally drew a connection between the size of vessels and the drownings, in addition to a connection between the drownings and the shortage of formal security coaching.
“The place the size was identified, eight out of each 10 boaters who drowned had been utilizing vessels lower than 21 ft in size,” the report said in its govt abstract. “The place instruction was identified, 77% of deaths occurred on boats the place the operator didn’t obtain boating security instruction. Solely 12% of deaths occurred on vessels the place the operator was identified to have acquired a nationally-approved boating security training certificates.”
The report additionally fingered alcohol consumption because the main identified contributor in deadly boating accidents.
“The place the first trigger was identified, (alcohol consumption) was listed because the main think about 18% of deaths,” the report said.
Different takeaways from the report:
* The most typical sort of vessel varieties concerned in reported accidents had been open motorboats (46%), private watercraft (22%) and cabin motorboats (13%).
* The vessel varieties with the very best prevalence of deaths had been open motorboats (50%), kayaks (15%) and pontoons (9%).
* There have been 247 accidents leading to at the very least one individual being struck by a propeller – leading to 39 deaths and 241 accidents.
* The highest 5 contributing elements in accidents had been operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, extreme pace and equipment failure.
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