What Are the Most Common Boating Accidents in Miami?

The most common boating accidents in Miami are those in which the vessel’s operation leads to personal injury, property damage, death, a missing person, total vessel loss. Boating accidents can also include capsizing, carbon monoxide poisoning, collisions, ejection from the vessel, electrocution, falling overboard, fires, explosions, flooding, swamping, grounding, and sinking.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami- Dade was the second among the top five Florida counties with the highest number of boating accidents in 2017.
A vessel is considered to be involved in a boating accident whenever a death, missing person, personal injury, property damage, or total vessel loss results from the vessel's operation, construction, sea-worthiness, equipment, or machinery.

The most frequent sources of injuries are collisions with recreational vessels, flooding/swamping, collisions with fixed objects, grounding and skier mishap.

Parasailing accidents, waverunner or jetski accidents are also very common on the coast of Florida. Common types of boating accidents include:

  • Capsizing
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Collisions
  • Ejection from vessel
  • Electrocution
  • Fall in vessel and overboard
  • Fire/explosions
  • Flooding/swamping
  • Grounding/sinking

Vessel types with the top casualty numbers are, in order: open motorboats, personal watercraft, cabin motorboats, canoes/kayaks, and pontoons.

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