Boy Injured in Corpus Christi Boating Accident
About the Corpus Christi Boating Accident
On Saturday, June 28th, a 12-year-old boy was injured and knocked unconscious in a boating accident. The accident took place on Lake Corpus Christi, according to the 911 call.
The unconscious boy was taken by HALO Flight to a Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. The boy is said to be in critical condition.
Boating Accident Statistics
- In 2013, the Coast Guard counted 4,062 accidents. Of those recreational boating accidents, there were 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property.
- Compared to 2012, the number of accidents decreased 10%; the number of deaths decreased 14%, and the number of injuries decreased 12.7%.
- However, the 11,993,067 recreational vessels registered in 2013 represent a 0.9% decrease from last year’s 12,101,936 registered recreational vessels, which accounts for a partial decrease in recreational boating accident statistics.
- Although the accidents and injuries have decreased over the past few years, recreational boating accidents are still very serious and safety measures need to be taken.
- 22 children under age 13 lost their lives while boating in 2013. Eight children, or about 36% of the children who died in 2013, died from drowning. Five children, or 62.5% of those who drowned, were not wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.
- 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those reported deaths, 84% percent were not wearing a life jacket.
- The top five primary contributing factors in recreational boating accidents are: operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure.