Boat-related incidents fell at lake last year

As the warmer weather approaches, more people are taking to the waters of Lake Anna by boat, whether to hang out with friends and family or to fish. 

Every year, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources publishes a boating incident report for multiple bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth. A newly released report for 2021 shows that Lake Anna had 10 reported incidents, with eight injuries and no drownings. In 2020, there were four drownings and one boating-related death, and 13 total incidents. 

Incidents only need to be reported if there is damage to a vessel of $2,000 or more, a fatality occurs, injuries are reported, or if someone goes missing from the boat. 

“2021 was a relatively good year for Lake Anna in terms of boating incidents,” said Maureen Daniels, who chairs Lake Anna Civic Association’s emergency services and safety committee. 

The total number of boating incidents across Virginia in 2021 was 89, with 115 vessels involved, according to the Department of Wildlife Resources report. Forty-seven people were injured and 19 died. The largest number of incidents was at Smith Mountain Lake, which had 17 injuries and one death.

In 2020, there were 110 incidents statewide, with 51 injuries and 21 fatalities. Almost all of the fatal accidents involved victims who were not wearing life jackets. 

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