Other causes of boating accidents include boats crashing into each other and failing to yield the right of way. Another cause of boat accidents is foul weather.
Florida has more registered recreational water vessels than any other state in the nation. In 2011, there were 922,491 registered vessels and an estimated one million non-registered vessels in the state. Little compares to the calm of a light-wind cruise on a sailboat, a leisurely outing on a motor boat, or the thrill of a ride on a speed boat. There is something special about being on the water and leaving the land behind.
Along with these pleasures come the potential dangers of being offshore. Such dangers include those posed by the water as well as the dangers of being hurt on a boat, crashing into another vessel, or falling into the water and drowning.
Some of the following statistics are reported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Law Enforcement. In order to be a reportable boating accident in Florida, at least one of the following six conditions must be met:
A total of 742 boating accidents occurred in 2011. Monroe County had the highest number of reported accidents and injuries:
• 93 total accidents
• 6 Fatalities
• 66 injuries