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Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Database
The Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) contains data on recreational boating accidents, which are reported to local district offices of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Current regulations (33 CFR 173-4) require the operator of any vessel, numbered or used for recreational purposes to file a Boating Accident Report (BAR) if the vessel is involved in an accident that results in loss of life, personal injury which requires medical treatment beyond first aid, damage to the vessel and other property exceeding $500, or complete loss of the vessel.
BARD contains data from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
For most recent data 2008   
First Year1995
Last Year2001
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Deceased includes information on people who died as a result of the accident, such as their age, blood alcohol content, whether they were wearing a personal floatation device, whether they could swim and how they died.
Injury includes information on injuries sustained as a result of the accident and what kind of treatment the victim received.
Numbered Boats by Year for US
Primary includes data on when and where the accident occurred, the weather conditions, day of the week, cause of the accident and whether alcohol was involved in the accident.
Vessel includes information on the boats (i.e, model, registration number), the date of birth, blood alcohol content and gender of the operator and what type of activity was involved in the accident.
   Summary Tables
   National Transportation Statistics
Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode
Injured Persons by Transportation Mode
Number of U.S. Aircraft, Vehicles, Vessels, and Other Conveyances
Personal Watercraft Safety Data
Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage Data
Transportation Accidents by Mode
Transportation Fatalities by Mode
Water Transport Profile
   Related Links
Boat Buying Guide
Boat Review Database
Boater Education and Training
Boaters Against Drunk Driving
Boating Safety
Coastie the Miniature Patrol Boat
Drowning Prevention Project
Marine Patrol Association
National Association of Boating Law Administrators
National Safe Boating Council
National Safety Council
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Reserve Training Center Yorktown - National Aids to Navigation School
Safe Marine Transportation (SMART) Forum -- University of Washington
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - National Water Safety Program
Vessel Assist Association of America
   Data Source and Contacts
Data Provider AgencyUnited States Coast Guard
Data Provider OfficeOffice of Boating Safety
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