PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recreational boating activity soars during warm weather months, and so do boating incidents and injuries. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Boating Statistics 2006,”1 the most recent year available, there are almost 13 million registered recreational boats in the United States. Overall boating fatalities continue to increase, with 710 recreational boating fatalities reported in 2006. Close to 5,000 boating accidents were reported, and nearly 3,500 people required medical treatment beyond first aid. Property damage exceeded $38 million.
Though the statistics are sobering, the risk of boating injuries and accidents can be minimized. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the majority of reported incidents involved factors that were within the control of boat operators. In recognition of the annual National Safety Boating Week, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance has again released its top ten list detailing tips to help recreational boaters stay safe, thus reducing the number of preventable accidents that occur each year.
“There’s no mystery to boating safety and its potential impact on saving lives. Understanding and obeying navigational rules and safety procedures has proven to help reduce injuries and property damage,” said Maurice Booth, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance.
ACE Recreational Marine Top Ten Recreational Boating Safety Tips
According to Mr. Booth, the more educated recreational boaters are about safety practices on the water, the better. “Another important preparation is to have reliable and comprehensive insurance in place. Few people would drive a car without adequate insurance, yet countless recreational boaters take this risk,” he noted.
Boat owners may be unaware that liability insurance can provide important coverage, including medical, that may extend to paid crew and passengers. They can protect themselves and their passengers by purchasing insurance that will cover medical care if their injuries are caused by an uninsured operator of another boat. Coverages that will pay for repairs if their boat is damaged in the water, on land, or during transport are also available. Boat owners can also insure against the loss of personal property and the costs of towing and emergency assistance.
ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, part of ACE USA, offers exceptional all-risk insurance coverage for vessels of all sizes – from the smallest to the largest – throughout the United States. Programs are available to protect the entire spectrum of pleasure yachts and boats, including luxury mega-yachts and sailboats, sport fishing boats, ski boats, personal watercraft, high performance vessels, and select charter vessels.
To learn more about ACE Recreational Marine Insurance and obtain valuable information on a wide range of safety and loss prevention topics, please visit www.acemarineinsurance.com.
ACE USA is the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group of Companies, headed by ACE Limited(NYSE:ACE), and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. ACE USA, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE USA and its products and services can be found at www.aceusa.com. The ACE Group of Companies provides insurance and reinsurance for a diverse group of clients around the world.
2 United States Power Squadron. www.usps.org.