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USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2017

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2017 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2017 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities were down compared to 2017. 2017 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,291 accidents, 2629 injuries, and 658 fatalities. 2016 USCG stats were 4,463 accidents, 2,903 […]

Kill Switch Public Service Announcement : Hunter Bland of U.F. bass fishing team

Hunter Bland and Conner Young of the University of Florida Bass Fishing team were ejected from their bass boat at speed during a Collegiate tournament in January 2017. A steering system failure caused the boat to abruptly turn to the right. Hunter was operating the boat and had the kill switch lanyard attached. Both young […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2016

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2016 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2016 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents were considerably higher than in 2016. 2016 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,463 accidents, 2903 injuries, and 701 fatalities. 2015 USCG stats were 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, and […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 4

U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 4 of our coverage. Friday 25 March 2017. Prevention Through People Subcommittee Rich Jepson opened the Prevention Though People segment. He expressed his thanks to Jeff Ludwig, Jeff Hoedt, and Captain Boross. Streamlining On-Water Instructor Licensing by […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2015

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2015 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2015 BARD reported accidents were 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, and 626 fatalities. USCG reported 158 propeller accidents, 150 propeller injuries, and 27 propeller fatalities. We would like to thank USCG for all the efforts they put into this annual […]

Coast Guard contractor finds flats boats unsafe : Kali Gorzell

Texas flats boats also called bay boats have been found unsafe by a United States Coast Guard Contractor. Bay boats / flats boats are relatively flat bottomed for shallow water operation. In July 2012, Kali Gorzel, a 16 year old girl loved by hundreds, fell from a bay boat off Port Aransas Texas when the […]

Marion Irving deCruz (SPIN) recognized by U.S. Coast Guard

Marion Irving deCruz, longtime proponent of boat propeller safety was recently recognized for her decades of dedication to boat propeller safety. Marion founded Stop Propeller Injuries Now (SPIN) in the wake of the death of her son, Emilio Cruz in a 1993 houseboat propeller accident. Her tireless work and efforts have made the waters safer […]

How to Post Sale Monitor Boating Product Accidents / Risks / Performance

Many opportunities exist for manufacturers of boating products to monitor their products after sale for previously unknown safety issues, risk, and hazards. The legal, regulatory, and moral obligations to monitor boating products post sale / post market / conduct post sale surveillance and vigilance are detailed in two previous posts. This series of posts is […]

Post Sale Duty to Monitor Product Risks / Accidents: Boating Industry

Manufacturers can be responsible for tracking post sale accidents worldwide such as this very high profile U.K. accident in which two were killed and two were critically injured. Boat builders, marine drive manufacturers, and other boating industry manufacturers have a duty to design, manufacture, and sell safe products. However, it does not end there. A […]

Propeller Injuries Up 65 Percent in USCG 2013 Statistics

16 June 2014 UPDATE – According to corrected USCG statistics propeller injuries were actually slightly down. Below we will explain how the error was identified, corrected, and why we kept this post History of this Post We created and posted this article on 23 May 2014 based on the then recently released U.S. Coast Guard […]