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Patrick Durkin: 28 boating fatalities in 2023 sets Wisconsin record

Even though most boating-related deaths in the state involve open motorboats, 25% in recent years involved kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, and occasionally a rowboat, sailboat or pedal-boat. (File photo by Eric Morken)

Wisconsin set a tragic record in 2023 when 28 people died while enjoying the state’s lakes and rivers by fishing, hunting, paddling, jet-skiing, waterskiing or motorboating.
Most of those folks drowned. Only one died in a collision. The record toll marked the 12th year since 2005 that Wisconsin recorded 20 or more boating-related deaths. The previous one-year record was 25 fatalities in 2017 and 2021.

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