USCG says 2013 had fewest recreational boating deaths on record

Source: United States Coast Guard
Source: United States Coast Guard

WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB) - The US Coast Guard said 2013 had the lowest number of recreational boating deaths on record.

Officials released the 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics on Wednesday. They reported 560 recreational boating deaths across the country. Property damage totaled around $39 million.

In Louisiana, of the 96 total boating-related crashes, 15 resulted in death. Another 92 people suffered injuries.

"We are pleased that there have been fewer accidents on waterways in recent years and thank our partners for their work," said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at US Coast Guard Headquarters. "Together we will continue to stress the importance of life jacket use, boating education courses and sober boating."

The report showed alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in deadly boating crashes in the nation. It also showed 77 percent of the victims of fatal boating accidents drowned and of those, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

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