Alcohol and lack of use of life jackets far exceed all the other combined contributory factors in boating accidents and fatalities. Excessive speed and lack of operator experience and training lead the rest of the contributory factors.
Fatality Statistics - Of 658 deaths in 2017:
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Rathbun Lake Marina
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Collisions, groundings, swamping, rollovers, and persons falling from vessels are all events that have occurred on Rathbun Lake over the past years, unfortunately with fatalities, serious injuries, and significant property damage. The risk is real. Life jackets, speed, alcohol, and operator training have been the primary factors in all these events. Here is what we ask of you: