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Re: powerboats to the rescue
In Response To: Re: powerboats to the rescue ()

I was able to locate a copy of the above referenced article. Sorry for the delay. Here's an excerpt. I posted a link to this article to rec.boats.paddle on the 16th. Unfortunately my replies were pulled from the memory banks; I wish I had found this article earlier; I would have posted it instead; What follows is considerably more eloquent then my foggy recollections. Needless to say, I found the article very interesting...

March 16, 2001
The News & Observer

Up the creek, you're safer with a paddle

By Alison Snow Jones

...death is a relatively rare consequence of a boating accident. Only about 10 percent of all boating accidents in 1998 resulted in a death. What were not so rare are injuries and hospital admissions. About 57 percent of all reported boating accidents in 1998 resulted in an injury.
Here, the record for personal watercraft is far worse. Take accidents: in 1998, 11,368 vessels were involved in 8,061 boating accidents that were reported to the Coast Guard. Although they probably represent the smallest category of boat, personal watercraft accounted for 3,607 (32 percent) of these vessels; canoes and kayaks accounted for 167 (1.5 percent). The more numerous open motorboats accounted for 4,368 (38 percent) of all vessels involved in accidents.
About half of all reported accidents for open motorboats were because of a collision with another vessel or a fixed, floating or submerged object. Collisions among personal watercraft were much higher. Among the 3,607 personal watercraft involved in accidents, about 75 percent were involved in collisions, most of those with another vessel (92 percent).
Very few canoe/kayak accidents involve another boat. Most (70 percent) are capsizings. What this means is that when someone in a canoe or kayak has an accident it usually involves only the occupants and the boat...

Hope this helps,

Craig