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 626 fatalities.
For 2016 USCG reported 171 propeller accidents, 175 propeller injuries, and 24 fatalities.
2015 USCG stats were 158 propeller accidents, 150 propeller injuries, and 27 propeller fatalities.
Thanks to all those at USCG whose efforts helped make this annual statistical report of boating accidents possible.
We would also like to thank USCG, law enforcement officials, lake patrols, first responders, nurses and physicians, those offering boating safety classes, boat safety equipment check points, safe boaters, state boating law administrators, life jacket loaner program participants, Operation Dry Water, those spreading boating safety messages, and all others who work tirelessly to drive these annual totals down.
Plus thanks to all the state boating law administrators and all the officers in the field filling out the accident reports, and to the individuals that self reported their accidents.