Report says marine deaths hit record low in 2012

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The Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics on Monday, revealing that boating fatalities last year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.

There were 651 boating deaths last year, a decline of 14.1 percent from 758 in 2011, and there were 3,000 injuries, down 2.6 percent from 3,081 the previous year. The total number of reported recreational boating accidents dropped to 4,515, a decline of 1.6 percent from 4,588 in 2011.

The fatality rate for 2012 of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 12.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s rate of 6.2 deaths. Property damage totaled about $38 million.

“We’re very pleased that casualties are lower and thank our partners for their hard work over the past year,” Capt. Paul Thomas, director of inspections and compliance at Coast Guard headquarters, said in a statement. “We will continue to stress the importance of life jacket wear, boating education courses and sober boating.”

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One comment on “Report says marine deaths hit record low in 2012

  1. Captain Gort

    Judging from the greatly reduced traffic behind my marina-front home here in a popular boating area, I’d say its simply because there are far fewer people going boating. Gas is around $5 here at the marina pump.
    And there are a LOT of mid-sized slips (25′-35′) slips now empty. It seems like many middle class former boating enthusiasts have put that form of recreation on hold until better times for that sector return.

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