Section VI

Chart 14
PWC - Operators Involved in All Accidents by Age

TOTAL OPERATORS = 332*
TOTAL VESSELS = 335

"No Operator" refers to accidents involving vessels where there was no operator present at the time of the accident. Most of these vessels were in vessel slips, tied to docks, or moored, and were struck by other vessels. Because PWC do not tend to be housed in slips, due to their small size, the number of vessels in this category is much smaller than the "No Operator" category for overall boating accidents. Some accident reports submitted to the Department do not include operator age information, as indicated by the "Age Unknown" category.

DID YOU KNOW... Operators in the 21-30 age group were involved in more PWC-related accidents than any other age group, followed by the 11-20 age group.

Chart 15
PWC-TYPE of Accident


TOTAL TYPES = 234
TOTAL ACCIDENTS = 229*

*Percentages are derived from this number.

DID YOU KNOW... The majority of PWC-related accidents involved in PWC colliding with other vessels (67%).

Chart 16
PWC - Cause of Accident


TOTAL CAUSES = 454
TOTAL ACCIDENTS = 229*

Many PWC-related accidents had more than one cause, which is reflected in this chart. The "Other" category includes causes that do not fit into any one of the categories listed above.

DID YOU KNOW... Operator inexperience (69%), excessive speed (56%), and operaotr inattention (54%) were the most common cause of accidents involving PWC.

Chart 17
Boating Fatalities - Accidents by Month

TOTAL FATALITIES = 58

DID YOU KNOW... The largest number of fatalities occurred during the month of June.

Chart 18
Boating Fatalities - Accidents by Day of the Week

TOTAL FATALITIES = 58

DID YOU KNOW... The largest number of fatal boating accidents occurred on Saturday (24%), followed by Sunday (22%).

Chart 19
Boating Fatalities - Accidents by Time of Day

TOTAL CAUSES = 58

Time on this chart is represented by a 24-hour clock. Time is counted normally through the noon hour. After noon, add 1:00 for each additional hour up to 24:00 (midnight). Thus, 2:00pm is shown as 14:00(12:00 + 2:00), etc.

DID YOU KNOW... Most fatalities occurred between 10:00am (10:00) and 6:00pm (18:00) , when the waterways are most congested, resulting in an increased chance of collision.

Chart 20
Boating Fatalities - Vessels Involved in Accidents by Type

TOTAL VESSELS = 56

DID YOU KNOW... Open motorboats were involved in fatal accidents more than twice as often as personal watercraft (PWC).

Chart 21
Boating Fatalities - Vessels Involved in Accidents by Length

TOTAL VESSELS = 56

DID YOU KNOW... The overwhelming majority of vessels (93%) involved in fatal boating accidents were less than 26 feet in length. The most common type of vessel involved in these accidents was less than 16 feet in length.

Chart 22
Boating Fatalities - Operators Involved in Accidents by Age

TOTAL VESSELS = 55

DID YOU KNOW... The ages of operators in accidents were distributed fairly among several of the age groups.

Chart 23
Boating Fatalities - Operation at Time of Accident

TOTAL VESSELS = 56

DID YOU KNOW... The most common vessel operation preceding a fatal boating accident was cruising, followed by rowing/paddling.

Chart 24
Boating Fatalities - Type of Accident

TOTAL VESSELS = 58

DID YOU KNOW... The most common type of fatal boating accident involved capsizing, followed by falling overboard and colliding with another vessel.

Chart 25
Boating Fatalities - Cause of Accident

TOTAL CAUSES = 100
TOTAL FATALITIES = 58*

DID YOU KNOW... Operator inexperience played a role in 40% of all fatalities, followed by hazardous weather/water conditions (38%) and operator inattention (29%).

Chart 26
Boating Fatalities - Accident Locations

TOTAL FATALITIES = 58*

DID YOU KNOW... The largest number of boating fatalities occurred on oceans/bays, followed by lakes and rivers.

Chart 27
Boating Fatalities - Accident Locations

TOTAL FATALITIES = 58*

DID YOU KNOW... The 21-30 and 51-60 age groups contained the largest number of boating fatalities.

Chart 28
Boating Fatalities - Cause of Death

TOTAL FATALITIES = 58*

DID YOU KNOW... Drowning was the leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents. The chart shows the effectiveness of personal floatation device (PFD) usage. Of the victims who drowned, 70% were not wearing lifejackets or other floatation devices.

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