In its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics, USCG reported a 6.1% decrease in fatalities from 2016, with a total of 658 incidents. From 2016 to 2017, boating injuries also decreased 9.4% from 2,903 to 2,629, and accidents decreased 3.9% from 4,463 to 4,291. However, the report shows it was the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years.
During an international powerboat racing event at Stewartby Lake, Bedfordshire, on 2 July 2017, two Formula 4 powerboats collided while rounding a buoy, resulting in serious injury to one driver. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the accident, highlighting lack of training and emergency response issues.
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed a collision between two rigid-hulled inflatable boats, after a windsurfing race, which caused four people to fall overboard. According to MAIB, overconfidence on the boats’ handling was critical to the accident, while the fact that everyone was wearing life-saving equipment was vital to prevent loss of life.
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