In the wake of Jose Fernandez’ death in a tragic boating accident, I wanted to look at the statistics related to boating accidents. On a national level, there were 626 boating deaths in 2015 (the latest data available) and a fatality rate of 5.28 per 100,000 registered boats.
From the story, it appears that the accident was a combination of excessive speed, operator inattention, and hazardous waters (boating near shore in the middle of the night just has to be considered hazardous) all of which are among the leading contributing factors of boating accidents and fatalities.
Florida, where the Fernandez accident occurred, has the most registered boats of any state, by a significant margin.
*Chart Courtesy of Knutson Casey
I don’t really know where I’m going with this, but it seems that – overall – boating deaths are exceedingly rare and the fact that an accident took an exceptional athlete so young is an absolute shame.