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Boating Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there safety measures that I can take to prevent an accident?
  2. How can carbon monoxide poisoning occur on a boat?
  3. What are the most common causes of boating accidents?
  4. What age group has the highest incidence of boating fatalities?
  5. What are common boating accident contributing factors?


Are there safety measures that I can take to prevent an accident?

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Don't drink alcohol while boating
  • Take an educational boating course
  • Be sure to regularly check your safety equipment
  • Be alert to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning


How can carbon monoxide poisoning occur on a boat?

  • Air conditioning powered by an motor generator
  • Operation of any gasoline powered engine while docked or rafted to other boats operating engines
  • Improper cabin ventilation
  • Use of stern swim platform while the engine and exhaust are on
  • Teak/drag surfing- holding on to the swim platform while the boat is underway


What are the most common causes of boating accidents?

Common causes of boating accidents are capsizing of the boat, falls off the boat and collisions with other boats.

What age group has the highest incidence of boating fatalities?

Ages 34-39

What are common boating accident contributing factors?

Common contributing factors to boating accidents are operator inattention, inexperience, excessive speed, careless or reckless operation, alcohol and bad weather.