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The Records: The State Highway Patrol releases reports involving boat and drowning incidences in Missouri for about one month after the incident.
Why you'd want them: The incident reports state where, when and what happened on various waterways around the state.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP03/search.jsp and click on the area the incident was reported in. Users may also find the reports through name, lake or river, date or injury type. This will lead to the master list of incidents that will list the names, injury severity and the waterway in which the incident occurred, among other information.
How much will it cost: The information is free.