California Boating Accident Stats

California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways (DBW)

2016DBW_AccidentStats_CA
  • Accidents: 588     Injuries: 266     Fatalities: 50
  • Of the 50 boating fatalities, 42 drowned. Of the 42 victims who drowned, 83% were NOT wearing life jackets.
  • 32% of the 50 fatalities were from paddle crafts (canoes/kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, etc.).
  • Boating-related fishing fatalities accounted for 18% of the 50 fatalities in 2016.
  • Alcohol was involved in 40% of the fatalities where alcohol testing was conducted.
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