June 12 GRDA Update
Recreational Boating Statistics Reveal Decrease in Deaths & Injuries
- Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned (80% in 2016). Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket (83% in 2016).
- Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 19% of deaths (15% in 2016).
- Where instruction was known, 81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction (77% in 2016). Only 14% of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.
- There were 172 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 31 deaths and 162 injuries.
- Where data was known, the vessel types with the highest percentage of deaths were open motorboats (47%), kayaks (15%), and personal watercraft (7%).
- The 11,961,568 recreational vessels registered by the states in 2017 represent a 0.84% increase from last year when 11,861,811 recreational vessels were registered.
Practice Makes Perfect
GRDA Police Officers continued honing their skills in water rescues last week in the Grand River below Pensacola Dam. The water rescue and boat operations training will continue for officers in the coming weeks because of the busy lake and river season. Officers practice victim recovery from a rescue boat at right.
It Only Takes Seconds to Drown
Holway Reservior Boating Rules
GRDA Controlled Hunts 2018
Did You Know?
Construction of the Pensacola Dam
Operation Dry Water
"Updates" on the Web
Free Vessel Inspection Dates
Boating Tips From the GLSPS
- Check the weather forecast for the area and time frame during which you will be boating.
- Make sure that the steering and throttle controls operate properly and all lights are working properly.
- Check for any fuel leaks from the tank, fuel lines, and carburetor.
- Check the engine compartment for oil leaks.
- Check hose connections for leaks or cracks, and make sure hose clamps are tight.
- Drain all water from the engine compartment, and be sure the bilge plug is replaced and secure.
- Check to be sure you have a fully charged engine battery and fire extinguishers.
- If so equipped, make sure the ignition safety switch and wrist lanyard are in good order.
- Make sure you have the required number of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and check that they are in good condition.
- Leave a float plan with a reliable friend or relative.
By the Book
Journey to the Bottom of the Creek
Rush For Brush