Oregon Recreational Boating Accident Statistics – 2008

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Oregon Recreational Boating
Accident Statistics – 2008
The following statistics were taken from boating accident reports received by the State Marine Board for 2008.
Accidents involving death, injury, or property damage exceeding $2,000 must be reported.
Comments on the year…..
In 2008, 13 people died in recreational boating accidents in Oregon. Oregon’s recreational boating fatality
rate went up from .49 in 2007, to .72 in 2008 per 10,000 registered boats.
Four of the 13 victims were wearing their life jackets, so it is reasonable to assume that had the other
victims worn their life jackets most would have survived their accidents.
Five of the thirteen victims were in open motor boats. The other eight were in non-powered craft. On
average, 35% of our fatalities are in non-motorized boats.
Also a little unusual is that nine of thirteen operators were over the age of 50.
One last note….in 2008 most fatalities occurred on cold water, the majority in water at or less than 51°,
which is not unusual. And as usual the number one type of accident is capsizing with falls overboard
second. This deadly combination, combined with not wearing a life jacket, is the common scenario for a
fatal boating accident in Oregon.
There were an above normal number of river deaths, but no ocean fatalities.
Year
Registered
Boats
Accidents*
Oregon
Fatalities
Fatality Rate
Oregon**
U.S. Fatality
Rate**
Fatalities
U.S.
1999
196,102
98
16
.82
.58
734
2000
194,828
100
14
.72
.55
701
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
*It is estimated that only 10 to 15% of reportable accidents are actually reported.
**Rate per 10,000 registered boats.
***These statistics do not reflect fatalities involving guided or commercial fishing trips.
Analysis of Fatal Boating Accidents – 2008
Activity
Type of Accident
Cause of Accident
Anchoring ...............................0
At Anchor................................0
Changing Speed .....................0
Cruising ..................................0
Drifting ...................................3
Fishing ***...............................5
Hunting ...................................0
Paddling ................................2
Whitewater Sports ..................3
Unknown ................................0
Capsizing ........................... 8
Collision w/ Boat.................. 0
Collision w/ Fixed Object .... 2
Ejected from Vessel ............ 0
Fall Overboard .................... 3
Flooding/Swamping ............. 0
Sinking ................................ 0
Grounding ........................... 0
Unknown ............................. 0
Alcohol .....................................1
Careless/ Reckless Ops...........0
Hazardous Waters ...................4
Improper Anchoring .................0
Op. Inexperience/ Error............6
Overloading .............................0
Passenger/ Skier Behavior ......0
Restricted Vision ......................0
Weather Conditions .................1
Unknown..................................1
Type of Craft
Boat Length
Month
Open Motorboat*** .................5
Cabin Motorboat .....................0
Inflatable .................................4
Canoe/ Kayak ........................2
Personal Watercraft (PWC) ....0
Driftboat .................................1
Sailboat .................................1
Less than 10’....................... 1
10’ - 12’ ............................... 5
12’ – 14’ .............................. 1
14’ – 16’ .............................. 1
16’ – 18’ .............................. 4
18’ – 20’ .............................. 0
20’+ .................................... 1
Unknown ............................. 0
January ....................................0
February ..................................4
March ......................................0
April .........................................1
May..........................................1
June ........................................2
July .........................................4
August .....................................1
September ...............................0
Body of Water
Sex
River .................................... 10
Lake ......................................1
Ocean .....................................0
Male .................................. 11
Female ................................ 2
October ....................................0
November ................................0
December ................................0
Water Temperature
Operator Age
Personal Floatation Device
41° - 51° F ..............................7
51° - 61° F ..............................2
61° - 70° F ..............................1
Above 70° F ...........................1
Unknown ...............................2
Under 18 ............................. 0
18 – 25 ............................... 1
26 – 35 ............................... 2
36 – 50 ............................... 1
Over 50 ............................... 9
Aboard Not Used .....................9
Not Aboard ..............................0
Used But Not Worn ..................0
Unknown..................................0
Aboard and Used .....................4
Bay .........................................1
Reservoir ................................1
Waterways Accidents Occurred
Rivers
Lakes
Bay
Columbia, Hammond Boat Basin***
Willamette, Hayes Lane
Clackamas, at High Rocks
Gilbert, Gilbert River Ramp
Deschutes, Pringle Falls
Deschutes, Tetherow Log Jam
Rogue, Shady Cove
Rogue, Blossom Bar
Mann, 1 ½ Miles North
Nestucca
Reservoirs
Ocean
Willow Valley
None
***3 Died, 1 Accident
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