At least seven people were injured in a New Jersey boating accident after a motor yacht carrying 21 people exploded. According to The Associated Press, the yacht accident occurred 17 nautical miles due east of Sandy Hook. Officials say all of the occupants were able to get aboard life rafts. The nature or extent of the injuries suffered by the victims is not known and officials are still investigating the cause of this boat explosion.
According to The United States Coast Guard, there were 4,588 recreational boating accidents in the year 2011. In those accidents, 758 people were killed and 3,081 were injured, resulting in an average of 6.2 fatalities for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Seventy percent of all fatal boating accidents involved drowning and 84 percent of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard also reports that the 119 New Jersey boating accidents in 2011 resulted in eight fatalities. That is the same number of people that were killed in New Jersey boating accidents in the year 2010 and a slight increase from the six fatalities suffered in the year 2009.