27 Feb 19:
How To Choose the Right Life Jacket and Wear It. There are a lot of them out there now, they need to be the proper size for the boater and the proper type for the intended activity. Boat Smart!
Where data was known, the vessel types with the highest percentage of deaths were open motorboats (47%), kayaks (15%), and personal watercraft (7%).
658 fatalities in 2017. Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket. 370 victims drowned without a PFD. Where length of boat was known, eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.