According to US Coast Guard statistics, propeller incidents account for four percent of all boating deaths in the country. Additionally, it is estimated that propeller-related injuries are increasing faster than ever before. Because of the speed and torque, propeller strikes have the potential to kill.
As the propeller operates below the water line, it is not readily visible to the operator, passengers, and swimmers. Boaters should take the following precautions to avoid motor or propeller strikes:
Devices have been developed to reduce the possibility of “propeller strikes.” These include: