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The following figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics, the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

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76%
76% of boating deaths due to drowning
84.5%
84.5% of victims NOT wearing a life jacket
2/3
Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers
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4,291
4,291 reported accidents in 2017
658
658 reported deaths in 2017
2,629
2,629 reported injuries in 2017
$46M
Approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents
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81%
81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
19%
19% of deaths where the primary cause was known as alcohol as the leading factor
1 in 3
1 in 3 of all boating injuries occurred in boat operators over the age of 35
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Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Deaths in 2017
1Florida: 66
2Texas: 63
3California: 50
4Wisconsin: 25
5New York: 22
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents in 2017
1Florida: 723
2California: 350
3Texas: 170
4New York: 167
5South Carolina: 151

Wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for recreational boaters. Find out which life jacket style is best for your boating activity.

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