What Boat Types Have the Highest Fatality Rates? - 04/23/2018
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This thermal image shows a sailboat in distress. Two crew were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Like rubberneckers passing a crash on the highway, boaters are curious about the fates that have befallen those less fortunate. Reviewing the statistics and analyzing what they tell us may help all boaters to be safer. Look at the data from 1997 to 2016 and see what you think of the fatality rates for registered recreational boats.

This table and accompanying figure provide two fatality rates for years 1997-2016. The fatality rate is calculated by dividing the number of fatalities by the total national vessel registration. The Coast Guard then multiplied by a factor of 100,000 to arrive at the number of deaths per 100,000 registered vessels. The fatality rate takes into account all fatalities and all recreational registration data collected. The motorized fatality rate takes into account only fatalities that occurred on motorized vessels and only motorized recreational vessels registered.

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Note: Report is from 2016.

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