Recreational boating fatalities rose to 758 in 2011* – a 12.8 percent increase over 2010 and the highest number on record since 1998. Boating under the influence of alcohol (BUI) is a major cause, accounting for a disproportional number of deaths. Alcohol ranked seventh as a contributing factor in boating accidents overall, but was the #1 contributing factor in fatal accidents, where it figured in 16 percent of deaths.
Top Ten Known Primary Contributing Factors in Fatal Boating Accidents
*Source: U.S. Coast Guard 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.