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Table 2-17: Recreational Boating Accidents: 2014

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State Number of accidents Number of persons
Total Fatal Nonfatal injury Property damage Killed Injured
Alabama 71 12 35 24 13 53
Alaska 18 10 3 5 11 4
Arizona 87 7 42 38 7 66
Arkansas 54 7 22 25 8 33
California 379 29 175 175 38 256
Colorado 57 12 30 15 12 37
Connecticut 40 5 17 18 5 27
Delaware 15 1 5 9 1 7
District of Columbia 2 0 1 1 0 1
Florida 581 62 202 317 70 327
Georgia 92 12 47 33 13 81
Hawaii 9 3 3 3 3 3
Idaho 43 10 15 18 10 17
Illinois 84 17 38 29 22 63
Indiana 40 9 14 17 9 25
Iowa 33 6 14 13 7 15
Kansas 17 6 7 4 6 12
Kentucky 46 8 24 14 9 38
Louisiana 113 18 60 35 18 114
Maine 35 5 14 16 5 14
Maryland 130 10 83 37 12 96
Massachusetts 82 5 31 46 6 56
Michigan 97 18 42 37 19 51
Minnesota 50 14 29 7 14 38
Mississippi 25 2 11 12 3 16
Missouri 142 13 79 50 14 101
Montana 14 3 9 2 3 15
Nebraska 26 1 18 7 1 20
Nevada 47 7 22 18 11 32
New Hampshire 44 1 19 24 1 27
New Jersey 111 3 41 67 3 77
New Mexico 13 0 11 2 0 13
New York 175 27 67 81 27 105
North Carolina 124 22 68 34 26 92
North Dakota 11 4 2 5 5 4
Ohio 100 15 33 52 22 43
Oklahoma 50 6 35 9 6 51
Oregon 61 7 17 37 7 27
Pennsylvania 66 20 23 23 21 39
Rhode Island 40 3 8 29 3 21
South Carolina 124 13 59 52 14 92
South Dakota 8 1 2 5 1 3
Tennessee 111 13 50 48 14 69
Texas 167 34 74 59 39 119
Utah 80 5 35 40 5 44
Vermont 5 1 4 0 1 9
Virginia 60 15 27 18 17 40
Washington 122 22 44 56 22 67
West Virginia 102 9 56 37 9 85
Wisconsin 24 3 8 13 3 13
Wyoming 11 4 4 3 4 8
United States, total (excluding territories) 4,038 540 1,779 1,719 600 2,666
United States, total (including territories)1 4,064 548 1,785 1,731 610 2,678

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

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.

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.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017