Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." The state is famous for its countless water recreation opportunities, from boating in the warmer months to ice skating and other winter activities on frozen lakes during the winter. Still, as with any area known for its recreation culture, there needs to be a concurrent commitment to safety when state residents are enjoying the great outdoors.
From minor injuries to a fatal accident, the effects of water-related negligence can be varied and profound. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notes that, last year, there were over 40 deaths from "boating fatalities and non-boating drownings." There were a total of 12 boating deaths and 65 non-deadly boating accidents. Still, even one fatal boating accident is one too many.