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Here Are The Facts

 

DATA IS SOON TO BE  UPDATED WITH INPUT FROM GARY POLSON OF POLSON ENTERPRISES, AND THE U.S. COAST GUARD.  POLSON ENTERPRISES, RBBI.COM,  IS THE 'GOTO' WEBSITE FOR COMPREHENSIVE AND STARTLING BOATING INFORMATION .

U S Coast Guard

Annual Summary of Boating Accidents

Year

Fatal Accidents

Non-Fatal Accidents

Total

2010

605

3999

4604

2009

646

4084

4730

2008

619

4170

4789

2007

605

4586

5191

2006

710

3474

4967

 

TOP FIVE PRIMARY ACCIDENT TYPES

Accident Rank

Accident Type

Number of Accidents

Number of Deaths

Number of Injuries

1

Collision with Recreational Vessel

1088

64

747

2

Collision with Fixed Object

456

38

332

3

Flooding/Swamping

448

72

158

4

Skier Mishap

447

15

471

5

Capsizing

335

180

199


Manatees

"Human-related threats to manatees continue to increase and show no signs of abatement," said Patti Thompson, Director of Science and Conservation at Save the Manatee Club. Last year, 31% of manatee deaths were from collisions with boats. This is unacceptably high mortality attributed to just one cause when it is largely preventable."


 

Source:  FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION, MARINE MAMMAL PATHOBIOLOGY LABORATORY 

 

Florida Manatee Mortality

 

Year Watercraft Total Percent of Total
2011 88 453 19%
2010 83 766 11%
2009 97 429 23%
2008 90 337 27%
2007 73 317 23%
2006 92 417 22%
  523 2719 19%
 

Did You Know?

Human Facts – Did You Know?

There are approximately 37 annual human deaths from propeller strikes

74% of all recreational boating injuries are from outboard motors

40% of boating injuries involve children

A typical 3-blade propeller running at 3,200 rpms can inflict 160 impacts in one second

A typical recreational propeller can travel from head to toe on an average person in less than one tenth of a second

Manatee Facts – Did You Know?

Of manatee deaths caused by boats, 60% are the result of blunt impact, 40% are from propeller injuries

It is common for manatees to have 3 or 4 separate propeller strikes

Speed, impact, and fast-spinning propellers (even at low speeds), kill this docile animal

The leading identified cause of manatee deaths in 2006 was watercraft-related

Manatees remain listed as endangered at the federal level