Lake Shasta: In the nine-year period that the Times analyzed, 455 accidents occurred here. They involved 633 boats, injured 315 people and killed 13. There were 124 collisions between vessels and 146 accidents involving water skiers.

Lake Don Pedro: There were 104 accidents on this remote lake in Tuolumne County involving 144 boats. Ninety people suffered injuries and one was killed. Forty-four of the accidents involved collisions.

San Francisco Bay: Of the 164 accidents here, 77 were blamed on boat operator inexperience and inattention. Of the 15 people killed, 11 weren't wearing life jackets. Forty-five people suffered injuries.

Old River: Eight people died here in accidents that all involved boat collisions or people falling overboard. There were 54 accidents involving 74 boats here that injured 34 people.

Sacramento River: There were 196 accidents on the river in 11 counties that resulted in 20 deaths and 109 injuries. Fifty-four of the accidents involved collisions.



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