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Boating Accidents on the Rise in Florida

With more than 65,000 total square miles of water it is no surprise that Florida led the nation with 915,713 registered vessels in 2015. Unfortunately, Florida also ranks at the top for the number of recreational boating accidents.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida had 737 boating accidents in 2015, an increase of 103 accidents from the year before. The leading cause of boating accidents was collision with another vessel (191) and often was the result of no proper look-out / inattention. Boaters falling overboard remains the main cause of boating fatalities (22) and the leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents was drowning (35). Top injuries included back and head injuries, broken bones, contusions and lacerations.

Broward County ranked 3rd in Florida Vessel Registration and Accidents by County

  • Recreational Vessels – 41,201
  • Total Vessels – 42,671
  • Reportable Accidents – 57
  • Fatalities – 5
  • Injuries – 42
  • Property Damage – $3,651,600

Here are Some Recommended Safe Boating Tips

  • Take a Safe Boating Class
  • Know the Navigation Rules
  • Know your Vessel and Maintain Your Vessel
  • Wear a Floatation Device
  • Develop a Float Plan
  • Always Monitor the Weather
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Use Emergency Position-Indicating Rescue Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Use Common Sense

Click here to download U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Guide and Equipment and Departure Checklists.