According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, boating accidents recently reached a 30-year high in Texas. Fatalities in boating accidents in waterways increased 45 percent from 2019 to 2020, while deaths in accidents on open water increased by 61 percent. Injuries had also increased by 64 percent from 2019 to 2020. From January through April 2021, fatalities on the water in Texas increased by 40 percent compared to the same period in 2020.