It’s now been close to two months since the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division reported any boating-related deaths on the lake.

And the numbers are down all over Missouri.

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Water Division Director Michael Petlansky tells KRMS News he gives some of the credit to marine officers staying visible and interacting with a record number of people on Lake of the Ozarks in 2020.

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Petlansky says the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators was projecting a 20-percent increase in deaths on the water this year, but that just hasn’t happened..

The ‘Patrol’s Water Division hasn’t reported a death on Lake of the Ozarks since October 3rd this year.