LINCOLN – There were no boating-related deaths in Nebraska in 2013. The state had not gone without at least one fatality in a year since it began tracking boating accidents in 1965, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The number of reported boating accidents also decreased, from 44 in 2012 to 31 in 2013.
“That’s what diligent law enforcement, coupled by expanded, excellent boating safety education, can do,” said Herb Angell, Nebraska’s boating law administrator.
The state has averaged five boating-related deaths a year since 1965. There were eight fatalities in 2012.
The state certified 2,410 students in 169 boater safety classes in 2013. To find a boater safety course or more information on boating in Nebraska, visit BoatSafeNebraska.org.