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The following figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics, the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

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79%
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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4,168
reported accidents in 2019
613
reported deaths in 2019
2,559
reported injuries in 2019
$55M
approximate damage to property
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70%
of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction
23%
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 2019
1Florida: 62
2Texas: 43
3California: 39
4Alabama: 28
5Washington: 27
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents in 2019
1Florida: 679
2California: 324
3Texas: 184
4New York: 165
5Missouri: 145

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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