4,399 LIVES PUT IN DANGER
OF THOSE ONLY TWENTY-FOUR WERE LOST DURING THE YEAR
REPORT OF SUPT. KIMBALL OF LIFESAVING SERVICE
PERCENTAGE OF PROPERTY LOSS LOWERED 3 PER CENT
Washington, December 4. - S. I. Kimball, the general superintendent of the lifesaving service, in his annual report, says:
The number of disasters to vessels within the scope of operations of the service during the year, while not so great as in the last two preceding years, was still considerably above the average, and the percentage of loss of life to the number of lives involved was practically the same, showing the high standard of efficiency attained by the service has been maintained. The number of lives lost was 24, 1 less than last year, while the number of persons involved - 4,399 - was greater by 119.
The number of disasters to documented vessels was 346, carrying 3,682 persons, of whom 20 were lost. The esimated value of these vessels and their cargoes was $8,848,215, of which $7,683,530 were saved and $1,164,635 lost. Fifteen vessels were totally lost. There were 351casualties to sail boats, row boats, etc., by which 4 lives were lost out of a total of 655 persons imperiled.
The value fof the property involved in these minor casualties is estimated at $202,935, of which only $4,470 was lost, showing that the percentage of property lost was lowered from 15.6 to 12.9, as compared with last year.
The life-saving service saved or assisted in saving 573 imperiled vessels and their cargoes, besides affording assistance of minor importance to 438 other vessels, including craft of all kinds. In addition to these, 218 vessels, which were running into danger of stranding, were discovered by the surfmen on patrol, 198 at night, and 20 in thick weather in the day time, and were warned of their danger in time to avoid disaster. The number of stations embraced in the establishment at the close of the fiscal year was 273, of which 196 were located on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, 16 on the Pacific coast, 60 on the Great Lakes and ne on the falls of Ohio. The net expendature for the maintenance of the service during the year was $1,721,737.
The general superintendent renews his commendation for authority to employ a regular crew at Cape Nome, Alaska, where last year life boats and beach apparatus were placed by authority of congress. He also again pleads for the extension of the pension laws to certain officers and enlisted men of the service, and urges the creation of a retired list for those who become physically diabled through age or injury or disease contracted in the line of duty.
The following are the detailed reports of the great lakes districts:
Lakes Erie and Ontario, tenth district - Number of disasters, 57. Value of vessels, $809,270. Value of cargoes, $82,630. Total value of property, $892,900. Number of persons aboard vessels, 236. Number of persons lost, 1. Number of shipwrecked persons recorded at stations, 27. Number of days' succor afforded, 27. Value of property saved, $746,060. Value of property lost, $148,840. Number of disasters involving total loss of vessels, 4.
Lakes Huron and Superior, eleventh district - Number of disasters, 62. Value of vessels, $1,228,445. Value of cargoes, $283,540. Total value of property, $1,511,985. Number of persons aboard vessels, 320. Number of persons lost, 1. Number of shipwrecked persons recorded at stations, 51. Number of days' succor afforded, 83. Value of property saved, $1,453,940. Value of property lost, $58,045. Number of disasters involving total loss of vessels, 3.
Lake Michigan, twelfth district - Number of disasters, 107. Value of vessels, $851,145. Value of cargoes, $352,855. Total value of property, $1,204,000. Number of persons aboard vessels, 521. Number of persons lost, 1. Number of shipwrecked persons recorded at stations, 24. Number of days' succor afforded, 52. Value of property saved, $1,160,445. Value of property lost, $43,855. Number of disasters involving total loss of vessels, 3.