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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2005 Edition: Recreational Injuries

Fatal Boating Incidents
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in 2004 Minnesota recorded 15 deaths in 15 incidents (compared to 17 deaths in 14 incidents in 2003). Life jackets were worn by only four of the 15 victims. In one case, a 2-year-old wearing a PFD was trapped under a capsized boat wedged against a tree. In another case, the victim suffered a heart attack. In the third case, a strong current may have pulled off the PFD. In the fourth case, a 74-year-old man was located after several hours in the water.

Non-fatal Boating Incidents
Seventy-three non-fatal incidents were reported in 2004, involving 86 boats, 77 injuries and $317,641 in damage to boats and property. In 2003, there were 94 reportable incidents involving 124 boats, 77 injuries and $618,850 in property damage.

Non-Boating Water Fatalities
In 2004, there were 30 non-boating drownings (compared to 32 in 2003). These included deaths in lakes and rivers as well as swimming pools, bathtubs and hot tubs. Alcohol use was reported in 30 percent of the cases.

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
More information about boating/water-related deaths at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/boatwater/accidentsummary2004.pdf

Snowmobiling, All-Terrain Vehicles, and Hunting
During the 2004-2005 snowmobiling season, 161 injuries and 15 deaths were reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Forty-seven percent of the deaths involved alcohol. In 2004, 24 people were killed in all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) crashes and another 344 were injured. Sixteen people receive gunshot injuries in hunting-related incidents in 2004; none were killed.

Recreational injuries, U.S.

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Additional Pages
    Fatal injuries, Minnesota
    Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
    All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/duip.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Emergency Department-treated Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 708 KB, 28 pages)
  • Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 241 KB, 28 pages)
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations