2003 California Boating Safety Report

Chart 16 — Open Motorboats/PWC - Cause of Accident

Total Open Motorboat
Causes = 712
Accidents = 489

Total Total PWC
Causes = 533
Accidents = 261

 

Operator inexperience was the most common cause of accidents involving PWC, occurring in 66% of those accidents.  Operator inattention was the most common cause of accidents involving open motorboats, occurring in 39% of such accidents.

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

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