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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Boating, drowning incident reports

Saturday, August 31, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:27 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 20, 2013

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.

The records: The Missouri State Highway Patrol provides a 29-day log of all reported boating and drowning incidents in the state of Missouri. They include the names and ages of people involved, the severity of their injuries, the victims' hometowns, the body of water and the county where the incident happened in, what the incident was and the date and time it happened.

Why you'd want them: You can find out how many incidents happen at the body of water you're about to visit, how common certain boating or drowning incidents are and who has been involved in these incidents.

Where you get the records: Go to www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP03/search.jsp. You can scroll through the most recent incidents or search based on name, county, troop, body of water, person's city or state, date and injury type.

How much will it cost: The information is free.


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