Originally Posted by engineer_sailor
I recently read the book "Suddenly Overboard!" by Lochhass. Great read. Early in the book the author provides some statistics derived from available accident data. While hard to verify and/or assess context without the original data, the statistics seem to support PFD use. Someone during the thread asked about data on the subject so I'm not trying to convince anyone. A few key statistics:
83% of fatalities involving sailboats resulted from drowning
In 89% of sailing fatalities from drowning the victim did not have a PFD
50% of sailing fatalities occurred while actually sailing
40% of sailing fatalities occurred with the boat upright and nearby
Nice Josh! Yes, data is the key. Probably need to verify it but it is within 10% of what I have heard before. I have gotten out of the habit of being more data oriented.
A friend of mine at my last gig had a great tag line
"In God I trust, all others bring data please"