As the summer boating season starts drawing to a close, DNR officials want to remind boaters to stay safe after a deadly year on Minnesota waters:

“Comparing the boating fatalities that we’ve seen this year in comparison to over a decade-plus we’re at the highest rate of fatalities that we’ve had in over a decade.”

The DNR’s Lisa Dugan says far this year, 17 people have lost their lives in boating accidents in Minnesota, which is the highest number since 2005.