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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

In 2011, there were 758 accidental deaths in the US while boating. Overall, I'd say boating of all kinds is pretty safe. According to the CDC, in 2009, there were 31,758 accidental poisoning deaths in the US. That's 31,000 more people dead from mistakingly gargling with peroxide (or whatever) than lost thier lives while boating. Perhaps we should all be required to take a poisoning prevention class, too?

While the loss of life is of course regretable, 758 deaths in a year is really small.
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