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The following figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics, the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

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80%
80% of boating deaths due to drowning
83%
83% of victims NOT wearing a life jacket
2/3
Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers
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4,463
4,463 reported accidents in 2016 7.3% increase from prior year
701
701 reported deaths in 2016
12% increase from prior year
2,903
2,903 reported injuries in 2016
11.1% increase from prior year
$49M
Approximately $49 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents
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77%
77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
15%
15% 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
1Florida: 70
2Texas: 53
3California: 47
4Michigan: 38
5Louisiana: 24
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents
1Florida: 684
2California: 386
3New York: 188
4Texas: 176
5Maryland: 150

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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