Boating Accident Investigations 1974: Fire and Explosion

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U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Research and Development, 1975 - Boating accidents - 271 pages
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The U.S. Coast Guard Boating Statistics (CG357) reveal that in a recent 5 year period there were a total of 1882 fire and explosion accidents with a monetary loss of over 15 million dollars. In these accidents, there were 95 fatalities and 677 injuries. The Report includes the individual case reports for 11 in-depth investigations conducted in 1974, plus an analysis of 38 cases investigated in 1970, 1972 and 1973. The Report indicates that the major causes for explosions and fires on boats are: (1) fuel tank failures (including fuel tank installation problems), (2) failures of the fuel fill pipe system (3) siphon action of fuel and (4) failures of fuel lines and fittings. Electrical system failures constitute a major cause, but the likelihood of a total loss appears to be substantially less. The study indicates that areas deserving special attention include the consistent lack of adequate fire extinguishing equipment.

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