Dangerous Waters

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Sunday, July 09 2006 Jul 9, 2006 Sunday, July 09, 2006 9:35:56 PM CDT July 09, 2006 in News

"My parents have owned a condo at the lake for 20 years, so we've been coming up on the weekends in the summers to get away," said boater Shannon Mattison.

And in that 20 years, Mattison said the company her family and friends keep on the water has definitely changed.

"The amount of people that have decided to move down here, for commercial or residental living, then of course the size of the boats have gotten bigger... And that, I think, impedes on the safety of everything," said Mattison.

"We have more shoreline than the state of California, so it's not surprising that we have a lot of boating traffic," commented Sgt. Nick Humphrey of the Missouri State Water Patrol.

Between January and July 9th, the lake saw 46 non-injury and 24 injury accidents, including three deaths in 2005. The numbers are lower this year, from January to July 9th, there have been 35 non-injury accidents, 21 injuries and zero fatalities.

All Mattison said she can do is continue to play it safe.

"Obviously life jackets...We don't try to compete with the bigger boats," she said.

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