2003 California Boating Safety Report

Chart 15 — Open Motorboats/PWC - Type of Accident

Total Open Motorboat
Types = 565
Accidents = 489

Total Total PWC
Types = 277
Accidents = 261


Collision with another vessel was the most common type of accident involving both types of vessels.

Some accidents are represented by more than one accident type, which accounts for the accident types exceeding the number of accidents.  An example of such an accident is when an operator falls overboard and is then struck by another vessel.  Such an accident would be represented in both the “Falls Overboard” category and the “Struck by Boat/Propeller” category, since both of these occurrences were significant components of the accident.

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