Captain's Test: Boating Safer

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Captain's Test: Safer Boating
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National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26. That makes it a great time to look at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics 2015 report. Every boater should take them seriously.

1. In 2015, the Coast Guard counted how many reported accidents?
A. 4,158
B. 4,518
C. 8,415
D. 5,814

2. Of those accidents, how many involved death?
A. 500
B. 573
C. 626
D. 662

3. Of those fatalities, 76 percent of the victims drowned. In what percentage of those accidents was the victim not wearing a life jacket?
A. 85 percent
B. 75 percent
C. 90 percent
D. 80 percent

4. Which of the following was not one of the five primary contributing factors in boating accidents in 2015?
A. Operator inattention
B. Operator inexperience
C. Improper lookout
D. Alcohol use

5. What was the top known primary contributing factor in accidents in 2015?
A. Operator inattention
B. Operator inexperience
C. Improper lookout
D. Machinery failure

1. A.

2. C. That translates into 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered vessels, an increase of 1.9 percent over 2014.

3. A. That's why it's so important to wear a life jacket.

4. D.

5. A. So turn around and watch where you're going when towing the kids on a tube.