According to the U.S. Coast Guard, it did.
In 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard recorded 4,168 recreational boating accidents in the U.S. that resulted in 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries, and approximately $55 million worth of property damage [Source: U.S. Coast Guard]. Of those accidents, 679 occurred in Florida which marked it as the state with the highest number of boating accidents to occur in the nation. Among those involved in recreational boating accidents in Florida, 55 suffered fatal injuries while another 299 sustained non-fatal injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard also reported that Florida’s boating accidents resulted in over $9 million worth of property damage. The state that ranked second for having the most boating accidents in 2019 was California, with 324 accidents recorded. Some of the factors that contributed to these accidents occurring include:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
- Restricted vision
Were you or a loved one involved in a boating accident in Fort Walton Beach, FL?
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Florida Teen Dies in Boating Accident
It was back in February when NBC Miami reported on the fatal boating accident. The news source said that 18-year-old Lucas Alvarez was out boating with three others near mile marker 79 and Lower Matecumbe in the Florida Keys when the boat struck a channel marker. Three of the passengers were ejected, including Alvarez.
Although the others who were ejected did not suffer injuries, Alvarez sustained fatal injuries to his lower body. While the source said it was unclear how the teens struck the channel maker, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) officials stated that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
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