DNR: Non-Fatal Boat Collisions Up in 2017

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October 04, 2017 05:33 PM

Minnesota has seen the highest number of non-fatal boating accidents in the past decade so far in 2017, according to numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The state has already reported 87 non-fatal boating accidents this year, 12 boating fatalities and 22 non-boating drownings. The data covers all incidents through Sept. 30.


In 2016, there were a total of 76 non-fatal boating accidents as of Sept. 30, and 79 non-fatal boating accidents throughout the whole year. The year with the highest number of non-fatal boating accidents was 2007 with a total of 113.

According to the data, the average yearly amount of non-fatal boating accidents is 71.

The most common type of non-fatal boating accidents were collisions with another boat - a total of 38 incidents.

As of Sept. 30, 12 boating fatalities occurred, down only one from this time last year. Twelve non-boating drownings have occurred, down 13 from this time last year.


Ben Rodgers

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