Transport for NSW has just published Boating Incidents in NSW – statistical report for the 10-year period ending 30 June 2012. This report shows an in-depth analysis of boating incident statistics for the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. It also examines overall longer term trends in fatal and serious injury incident rates as far back as 1992-93.
Over the 10 year period, there were 167 boating fatalities and 575 serious injuries, arising from 3754 incidents. Boating fatality rates remain too high, even though the report finds that there has been a significant decrease in the recreational boating fatal incident rate since 1992.
The report focuses on recreational vessels and finds that the most common causes of recreational vessel fatal incidents over the last 10 years were adverse weather, poor judgement, excessive speed and hazardous waters.
The report provides compelling evidence of the value of lifejackets, including evidence of a significant decline in bar crossing fatalities since the implementation of compulsory lifejacket wear requirements for all vessels crossing ocean bars.
Lifejacket wear: a crucial factor in reducing boating fatalities. Transport for NSW