LEE COUNTY, Fla.- This could be the deadliest year ever for Florida boaters.
So far this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting 43 confirmed boating deaths and two boaters still missing.
Officials say the number is incomplete because of several death investigations that still aren't finished.
They say the number is likely higher but they won't know for sure until each one of those outstanding cases is confirmed.
In all of 2013 there were 58 boating deaths. In 2012, there were 50.
Southwest Florida has seen it's share of boating deaths and crashes and so have boaters like Captain Neil Eisner.
In a lifetime of boating, he's seen just about everything on the water but never has he seen anything this bad.
"It's gotten so bad now, everybody moving out here with a little bit of money, they go buy a boat. They don't have any experience and don't respect the laws of the water," said Eisner.
Boaters say they're not surprised by the number of deaths on Florida's waters, they see the reckless boating every day.
According to the FWC, the leading cause for boating-related crashes is excessive speed.
Historically, the deadliest month on Florida's waters is December. The second deadliest is September.