US Coast Guard Drowning Study: Canoeing & Kayaking represents 15% of all boating fatalities

Tuesday, 10 March 2009
US Coastguard LogoJames over at the Recreation Law Blog has been pouring over the latest drowning deaths collected by the US Coast Guard and the results are a little grim.

In 2007, there were 107 deaths related to canoeing and kayaking compared to 99 deaths in 2006. That accounts for 15% of the total recreational boating deaths in 2007.

I found two really interesting facts in the executive summary of the report:
  • Over two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, ninety (90) percent were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Only fourteen (14) percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
The full report can be downloaded here.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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