This week is National Safe Boating Week, a reminder to us all of the dangers that accompany careless and reckless boating on Wisconsin's waters. That's why we met up with the Department of Natural Resources' warden supervisor and warden to give us some tips on how to keep your families safe.
This, especially after reports recently delivered show Wisconsin having the 9th highest boating casualty rate in the nation.
Warden Supervisor Korey Trowbridge says boaters don't remember to take precautions such as not wearing life jackets as often as they should. Other factors he listed which contributed to high casualty rates were careless driving, operating while intoxicated, and drowning. Out of the 23 boating deaths in Wisconsin last year, 17 were from drownings.
For those boaters who forget their life jackets or have extras they no longer use, a kiosk is set up by BEPCO at the Big Eau Pleine Flowage. The stand is set up their for families to borrow and return the jackets, but donating is also strongly encouraged.
For more information on boating safety or about the kiosk, visit the DNR's website at dnr.wi.gov.