Stats Show Alcohol No. 1 Factor in Boating Fatalities

The Sea Tow Foundation would like to remind boaters of the affects of alcohol on boat operation and that alcohol is the number-one contributing factor in boating fatalities.

According to Coast Guard statistics, recreational boating fatalities rose to 758 in 2011*  a 12.8% increase over 2010 and the highest number on record since 1998.

Boating under the influence of alcohol (BUI) is a major cause, accounting for a disproportional number of deaths. Alcohol ranked 7th as a contributing factor in boating accidents overall, but was the No. 1 contributing factor in fatal accidents, where it figured in 16% of deaths.

*Source: U.S. Coast Guard 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

 

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