Oregon Recreational Boating Accident Statistics – 2011

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Oregon Recreational Boating
Accident Statistics – 2011
The following statistics were taken from boating accident reports received by the State Marine Board for 2010.
Accidents involving death, injury, or property damage exceeding $2,000 must be reported.
Comments on the year…..
In 2011, 10 people died in recreational boating accidents in Oregon.
Three of the 10 victims were wearing their life jackets. It is reasonable to assume that had the other
victims worn their life jackets most would have survived their accidents.
Three of the 10 victims were in open motor boats, one was on a personal watercraft, and the other six were
in non-powered craft. On average, 35% of our fatalities are in non-motorized boats, this year it was 55%.
Six of the 10 operators were over the age of 50. In five of the 10 fatalities the victim was the operator. In
three of the 10 fatalities the victim was the operator and sole occupant.
The number one type of accident for this year was Collision with a Fixed Object, followed by a tie
between Collision with a Submerged Object and Falls Overboard.
Year
Registered
Boats
Accidents*
Oregon
Fatalities
Fatality Rate
Oregon**
U.S. Fatality
Rate**
Fatalities
U.S.
2001
194,615
70
14
.72
.53
681
2002
194,582
80
16
.82
.58
750
2003
197,591
74
18
.92
.55
703
2004
190,142
54
9
.42
.53
676
2005
187,640
74
15
.80
.54
697
2006
186,497
66
20
1.07
.56
710
2007
184,147
66
9
.49
.53
685
2008
180,063
60
13
.72
.56
709
2009
180,552
65
13
.72
.58
736
2010
177,634
64
12
.67
-
-
2011
171,983
66
9
.52
-
-
(-) Figures not in yet from USCG
* It is estimated that only 10 to 15% of reportable accidents are actually reported.
** Rate per 10,000 registered boats.
(These statistics reflect recreational boaters only)
Analysis of Fatal Boating Accidents – 2011
Activity
Type of Accident
Cause of Accident
Pulling up Anchor ....................... 0
At Anchor.................................... 0
Changing Speed ......................... 0
Cruising ...................................... 1
Windsurfing ............................... 0
Fishing ....................................... 4
Hunting ....................................... 0
Paddling .................................... 1
Whitewater Sports ...................... 3
Sleeping ..................................... 1
Capsizing ...........................0
Collision w/Fixed Object ......4
Collision w/Sbmrgd Object ..2
Ejected from Vessel.............0
Falls Overboard ...................2
Flooding/Swamping .............0
Sinking ................................0
Grounding ...........................1
Fire ......................................1
Alcohol ....................................... 2
Force of Wave/Wake .................. 1
Hazardous Waters...................... 3
Improper Anchoring .................... 1
Op. Inexperience/ Error .............. 1
Overloading* .............................. 0
Passenger/ Skier Behavior ......... 0
Restricted Vision ........................ 0
Weather Conditions .................... 0
Other ......................................... 1
Unknown .................................... 1
Type of Craft
Boat Length
Month
Open Motorboat.......................... 3
Cabin Motorboat ........................ 0
Inflatable ..................................... 3
Canoe/ Kayak ............................ 0
Personal Watercraft (PWC) ........ 1
Driftboat ..................................... 2
Sailboat ..................................... 1
Paddleboard/Sailboard ............... 0
Less than 10’ .......................2
10’ - 12’ ...............................0
12’ – 14’ ..............................1
14’ – 16’ ..............................5
16’ – 18’ ..............................0
18’ – 20’...............................1
20’+ .....................................1
Unknown .............................0
Body of Water
Gender
River .......................................... 8
Lake .......................................... 1
Ocean ........................................ 1
Bay ............................................. 0
Reservoir .................................... 0
Male .................................. 8
Female ................................ 2
January ...................................... 0
February ..................................... 0
March ......................................... 1
April ............................................ 0
May ............................................ 2
June .......................................... 1
July ............................................ 0
August* ..................................... 3
September ................................. 2
October ...................................... 0
November................................... 0
December................................... 1
Water Temperature
Operator Age
Personal Floatation Device
Below 41° F ................................ 0
41° - 51° F .................................. 3
52° - 61° F .................................. 1
62° - 70° F .................................. 5
Above 70° F ............................... 0
Unknown ................................... 1
Under 18 .............................0
18 – 25 ...............................3
26 – 35 ...............................0
36 – 50 ...............................0
Over 50 ...............................6
No Operator ........................1
Aboard and Used ....................... 3
Aboard and Not Used ................. 7
Used But Not Worn .................... 0
Not Aboard ................................. 0
Unknown .................................... 0
*1 Victim died of burns 11/12/11
Waterways Accidents Occurred
Rivers
Lakes
Ocean
McKenzie River – McNutt Island
Willamette River – Buena Vista
Multnomah Channel – Coon Island
Deschutes River – North Junction
Willamette River – Dorris Ranch
Rogue River – Blossom Bar
Rogue River – Blossom Bar
Blue River Res – Saddle Back Ramp
Pacific Ocean – Mill Beach
Columbia River – Johnson’s Landing
Bays
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