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 2007,”1 the most recent year available, there are almost 13 million registered recreational boats in the United States. While overall boating fatalities slightly decreased from 710 in 2006 to 685 in 2007, there was an increase of other casualty factors. Nearly 5,200 boating accidents were reported, a slight increase from nearly 5,000 in 2006 and close to 3,700 people required medical treatment beyond first aid, an increase from nearly 3,500 in 2006. In addition, property damage exceeded $53 million, an increase from more than $43 million in 2006.
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. ACE Recreational Marine Insurance has again released its top ten list detailing tips to help recreational boaters stay safe, thus potentially reducing the number of preventable accidents that may 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 Damon R. Hostetter, Senior Vice President, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance.
ACE Recreational Marine Top Ten Recreational Boating Safety Tips
According to Mr. Hostetter, 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.
In addition to the boating safety tips above, ACE also offers a free “Coming Out of Lay-up” brochure, which offers detailed recommendations for preparing your vessel for the boating season. Please visitwww.acemarineinsurance.com to download this safety brochure, by clicking on the “Boating Safety & Loss Prevention” link, then selecting the “Coming Out of Lay-up” brochure.
ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, part of ACE Private Risk Services, 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 Private Risk Services is the high-net-worth personal lines business of ACE, which provides specialty coverage for homeowners, automobile, recreational marine, umbrella liability and collections insurance for affluent individuals and families. The ACE Group of Companies is headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. The ACE Group provides insurance and reinsurance for a diverse group of clients around the world. To learn more about the ACE Group of Companies, please visit: www.acelimited.com.
2 United States Power Squadron. www.usps.org.