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Ohio Boating Fatalities

As of April 15, 2021

General Statistics

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Reportable Fatalities 20
19 male
17
15 male
13
11 male
26
24 male
4
4 male
Number of Incidents 19 15 12 21 4
Incidents in Boats Under 18' 14 8 8 15 4
Average Boat Length 16'1" 21'5" 17'3" 12'6" 10'
Average Age of Victim 41 49 26 43 50
Age Range 18 to 67 21 to 79 1 to 65 13 to 78 27 to 74

Type of Boat

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Powerboat 6 10 7 10  
Canoe/Kayak 9 2 3 7 3
Sailboat - 1 - -  
Pontoon 2 - - 4  
Rowboat/Scull 1 - - 2 1
PWC 1 2 1 1  
Other 1 - - 1  
Still Under Investigation - 1 - -  

 Incidents by Type of Waterway

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Lake 8 3 3 13 2
River 3 2 2 2 1
Lake Erie 6 9 7 3  
Pond 2 1 - 2 1
Ohio River - - - 1  

Incidents by Geographic Region of Ohio

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Northeast 8 2 6 5 1
Northwest 6 9 2 4  
Central 3 1 1 4  
Southeast 2 1 2 4 1
Southwest 1 2 2 4 2

Type of Primary Accident

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Fall Overboard 5 5 3 1 1
Capsize 3 3 3 2 1
Flood/Swamp 3 - 1 3  
Collision 2 3 - 6  
Person Left Vessel 4 2 - 4  
Skier Mishap - 1 - -  
Other/Unknown 3 1 5 5 2
Still Under Investigation - - - -

Life Jackets

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Not Worn or Not Worn Correctly 15 14 9 20 3
Worn 4 3 4 6 1
Other/Unknown 1 - - -  
Still Under Investigation - - - - -

Cause of Death

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Drowning 10 9 10 20  
Impact/Trauma 1 4 - 5  
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - 2 1 -  
Other / Unknown 9 2 2 1  
Still Under Investigation - 1 5 - 4

 Primary Contributing Factor (may be more than one)

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alcohol / Drug Use 1 4 1 5  
Passenger / Skier Behavior 1 - 1 1  
Operator Inattention 5 3 2 1  
Careless/Reckless Operation 1 - 2 1  
Sitting/Standing on Gunnel/Bow/Transom 1 - 1 1  
Other / Unknown 10 9 5 17  
Still Under Investigation 1 1 -   4