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Special report: Water hazards in Wisconsin

3:50 PM, Jun. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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Cool water, bright sun and a boat are the perfect combination for Wisconsin residents enjoying a summer day.

But two things can make those days deadly: alcohol and forgetting a life vest. More than 200 people have died as a result of boating accidents in Wisconsin since 2002 and at least 171 of the victims weren't wearing life jackets, according to law enforcement records.

The Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team digs deeper into this Saturday on digital platforms and in Sunday's print editions.

Also: Police hand out more boating tickets around summer holidays than the rest of the season. Find out why, and where the most tickets are handed out in Wisconsin, on Sunday on digital platforms and in print editions Monday.

Interactive graphic: Explore where boating accidents happen in Wisconsin and why

The U.S. Coast Guard requires local and state law enforcement to collect data about accidents on our waterways. View a graphic at www.fdlreporter.com/boatingdata that displays that information from Wisconsin for the last decade, obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Interactive graphic: Explore where boating tickets are issued in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources collects information about boating tickets handed out in Wisconsin from 99 law enforcement agencies. View a graphic at www.fdlreporter.com/boatingtickets that displays the data for Wisconsin from 2002-12.

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