New State Recreational Boating Report Focuses on Safety, Accidents & Deaths

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Despite a slight decrease in the number of boats registered in New York State, accidents, injuries, and deaths increased on New York’s waterways in 2016 over the year before.

That is the major thrust of a recently issued report by The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which lists accidents jumping to 208 from 187; injuries to 141 from 98; and deaths to 22 from 16.

With nearly a half million boats registered in the state, the ratio of deaths per 100,000 registrations is approximately 5, which is a big reduction over the decades from the worst year on record, 1973, when there were 132 boating fatalities and the ratio was 35.