1 Injured, 1 Missing After North Texas Boat Accident
One person remains missing after a boating accident that occurred in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday.
About the Boating Accident
Sunday morning turned out to be tragic for two boaters who were traveling at high speed at Eagle Mountain Lake in North Texas before crashing into a wave.
According to the Associated Press, the impact from the collision was so great it caused the boat to sink.
One man was sent to John Peter Smith Hospital in the area; however, the other person is still missing, according to Texas Game Warden Cliff Swafford.
Boating Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard:
- In 2014, there were 4,064 boating accidents resulting in 610 deaths and 2,678 injuries.
- Boating fatality rates increased 10.6% from 2013 to 2014, jumping from 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels to 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
- Eight out of every ten boaters who have drowned in 2014 were aboard vessels 21 feet in length or less
- 12 children under the age of 13 died from boating accidents – 58% of those died from drowning.
- Vessels accounting for the largest percentages of boating fatalities were:
- Motorboats (47%)
- Canoes (13%)
- Kayaks (10%)