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The majority of boating-related incidents and fatalities are caused by:

  • Not wearing a lifejacket or PFD
  • Falling overboard
  • Capsizing, swamping, sinking, or running aground
  • Being involved in a collision
  • Operating a pleasure craft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Collisions often occur because pleasure craft operators are not staying alert and keeping a lookout for other boats or objects, or are going a little faster than they should. Although some collisions happen at night when it is difficult to see, many occur in daylight hours on calm, clear days. About one-third of the time, alcohol is involved boating fatalities.

You also might be surprised to learn that 90% of those who drown while boating were not wearing a lifejacket or PFD even though there were enough lifejackets and PFDs on the pleasure craft.

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