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Recreational Boat and Accident Reporting

The purpose of the Coast Guard Boating Accident Reporting Database is to provide data on recreational boating accidents, which are reported primarily from state marine reporting agencies. Current regulations (33 CFR 173-4) require the operator of any numbered vessel that was not required to be inspected or a vessel that was operated for recreational purposes to file a Boating Accident Report if the vessel is involved in an accident that results in the loss of life, personal injury that requires medical treatment beyond first aid, damage to the vessel and other property equal to or exceeding $2000, or a complete loss of the vessel. The owner must submit the report if the operator is unable to make the report.

Look at database search engine on the webpage for accident reports by various categories, including

  • Vessel type, Accident type or Cause, Operator experience or education, Primary Injury or Cause of death
  • By State
  • By Year: 2005 through 2011

Review Statistics reports from 2004 - 2014

Reporting formats include XLS, PDF, Graphs (Bar and Pie)

Request other report from the USCG Boating Safety Division using the Suggest a Dataset link 

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Last Published Date: July 19, 2015

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