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The following figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

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75%
of boating deaths due to drowning
86%
of victims NOT wearing a life jacket
2/3
of drowning victims are good swimmers
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5,265
reported accidents in 2020
767
reported deaths in 2020
3,191
reported injuries in 202-
$62.5M
approximate damage to property
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77%
of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
18%
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 2020
1Florida: 72
2Texas: 59
3California: 39
4Michigan: 31
5New York: 28
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents in 2020
1Florida: 804
2California: 493
3Texas: 281
4North Carolina: 183
5New York: 175

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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