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American Canoe Association releases report. (Research).

The American Canoe Association has just released a major risk management report, Critical Judgment -- Understanding and Preventing Canoe and Kayak Fatalities, focusing on paddle sports. Using accident data from 1996 -- 2000, the findings identify priority problem areas and targets that offer the greatest opportunity to significantly reduce canoe and kayak fatalities:

* Of all fatalities examined in this report, 75 percent were associated with canoeing.

* Approximately 83 percent of all canoeing related fatality victims were not wearing a PFD at the time of the accident.

* Occupant movement and weight shift within a canoe played a major role in roughly 50 percent of all canoeing accidents.

* Approximately 50 percent of victims in canoe- and kayak-related fatalities were fishing at the time of the accident.

* Approximately 40 percent of canoeing fatalities were in aluminum canoes at the time of the accident.

* At least 25 percent of victims in fatal canoeing accidents are believed to have consumed alcohol immediately prior to the accident. This was not an issue with kayaking fatalities.

The full thirty-two page report is available as a PDF document at For information about American Camping Association standards and how they relate to the important results of this study, see an upcoming article in the Fall 2003 issue of The CampLine.
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Title Annotation:on canoe and kayak accidents and fatalities
Publication:Camping Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2003
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