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2013 Recreational Boating Fatalities – Lowest on Record

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 560 — the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.

From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, a 12.7 percent reduction. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, a 10 percent decrease.

The fatality rate for 2013 of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 13 percent decrease from the previous year’s rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $39 million.

“We are pleased that there have been fewer accidents on waterways in recent years and thank our partners for their work,” said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. “Together we will continue to stress the importance of life jacket use, boating education courses and sober boating.”

The report states alcohol use was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Where boating instruction was known, 20 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating [...]

¿La nueva NDPA.ORG en español? ¡Sí!

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Cuando los miembros de la NDPA hablan sobre el problema del ahogamiento, lugares como Texas, Arizona, Nuevo México, California y Florida, a menudo, forman parte de la conversación. Su geografía y la cantidad de piscinas en los patios, aumentan las estadísticas de riesgo de ahogamiento en estas zonas del país. Sin embargo, estos lugares tienen algo más en común: el idioma español.

El español es el segundo idioma más común en los Estados Unidos, con más de 38 millones de personas que lo hablan como lengua principal en sus hogares. Muchos de ellos establecen sus hogares en Texas, Arizona, Nuevo México, California y Florida. Las conversaciones sobre el ahogamiento y la prevención de las lesiones acuáticas, claramente deben tener lugar también en español.

Esto no quiere decir que el idioma sea el problema. Por supuesto, no lo es. De hecho, los datos de la CDC sobre el ahogamiento muestran tasas ligeramente más bajas entre los hispanos en los Estados Unidos. Y el español es común en todo los EE.UU., no sólo en el sur y suroeste. Dos terceras partes de nuestras sucursales se encuentran en Estados con poblaciones significativas de habla hispana. Tenemos miembros y socios en Puerto Rico y sistemáticamente recibimos visitantes a nuestro sitio web de Centro y Sur América, en busca de la información que nosotros proporcionamos.

La cuestión es que la NDPA no puede ser un recurso nacional de información sobre el ahogamiento y la prevención de lesiones acuáticas si no proporcionamos esa información en español. Así que lo estamos empezado a hacer hoy.

VLinc Corporation, la empresa asociada con NDPA que nos proveyó el diseño y el alojamiento de esta web, también está financiando la creación de una versión [...]

The new NDPA.ORF in Spanish? Yes!

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When members of the NDPA talk about the drowning problem, places like Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida are often part of the conversation.  Geography and the prevalence of backyard pools increase the drowning risk statistics in these parts of the country.  But these places have something else in common: Spanish.

Spanish is the second most common language in the United States with over 38 million people speaking it as a primary language in the home. Many of them make their homes in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida. These conversations about drowning and aquatic injury prevention clearly need to be happening in Spanish too.

This isn’t to say that the language is the problem.  Of course, it isn’t. In fact, the CDCs data on drowning shows slightly lower rates for Hispanics in the United States.  And Spanish is common all over the U.S. – not just in the south and southwest. Two-thirds of our chapters are in States with significant Spanish speaking populations. We have members and partners in Puerto Rico, and we routinely get website visitors from Central and South America, looking to us for information.

The point is that the NDPA can’t be a national resource for information on drowning and aquatic injury prevention if we don’t provide that information in Spanish. So we are starting today.

VLinc Corporation, the NDPA partner company that provided the design and hosting of this website, is funding the creation of a Spanish version of NDPA.ORG as well.  Look for the official launch of the site on May 15st.  Until then – here are the NDPA water safety tips in the second most common language in the world. (English is 3rd)