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U.S. Coast Guard: Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accidents and Injuries

September 09, 2019

FLORIDA – According to an online news report at, a survey of marine accidents conducted by the United States Coast Guard indicates that Florida leads the nation in the number of boating accidents, injuries and fatalities.*

The State of Florida had over 600 boating accidents back in 2018 that resulted in 57 deaths, 297 injuries and over $7 million in damages to property.  Notwithstanding, the amount of fatal crashes reached their lowest point since 2015, per the Coast Guard’s report.  The State of Florida has the highest number of registered recreational boats in the nation.

The Coast Guard issued their report just a few days prior to a diving boat fire in California that resulted in the death of over twelve people.  

According to the assistant education officer for the Tampa Bay chapter of the Power Squadron, surviving or preventing a boating accident requires preparation.  The Power Squadron is a boating safety club that offers boating safety inspections as well as courses.  

Most fatalities that arose out of boating accidents occurred due to collisions and people falling overboard.  Fires are also a cause of deaths, but they can be prevented.

Florida had a fire-related boating death back in January of 2018 when the Island Lady casino cruise ship became engulfed in flames off of Port Richey. A 42-year-old woman and mother from Lutz, Florida perished after the flaming boat ran aground.  According to the woman’s autopsy, she perished a few hours after inhaling smoke from the fire.  

For recreational boaters, doing their part to be educated and take the rights steps to ensure their safety as well as the safety of passengers is key.  To have your boat inspected free of charge or to sign up for a boating safety course, visit

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