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The following figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics, the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

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77%
of boating deaths due to drowning
84%
of victims NOT wearing a life jacket
2/3
of drowning victims are good swimmers
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4,145
reported accidents in 2018
633
reported deaths in 2018
2,511
reported injuries in 2018
$46M
approximate damage to property
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74%
of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
19%
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 in 2018
1Florida: 57
2Texas: 38
3California: 34
4North Carolina: 30
5Michigan: 22
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents in 2018
1Florida: 607
2California: 322
3Texas: 204
4North Carolina: 182
5New York: 143

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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