According to Missouri Water State Water Patrol, 700 people die in the U.S. each year in boating related accidents. The numbers of water deaths could be reduced significantly if more people practiced safe boating practices.
Here are some tips from the Missouri State Water Patrol:
· taking a certified boating education course
· wearing your life jackets
· not consuming alcohol while operating a boat
Below is a complete list of equipment for boats and Missouri Boating Laws http://www.boat-ed.com/mo/handbook/checklist.htm.