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It’s the hot season or minutes here in Minnesota, so many people are taking to our many lakes. Great time for water skiing, swimming and fishing. It’s even fun to just float around on the waves. But, it’s also a time to be safe.

The water patrols have announced ‘Operation Dry Water’ an effort across the country to cut down on drinking and boating. In Minnesota the legal limit is 0.08 and first offenders can be fined $1,000 and go to jail. "We’re seeing more and more of these where everyone’s having a good time and drinking, but they’re skiing and they turn around to pick up a falling skier and they’ll run right into the skier," said Jeff Dauterman, a recreation safety warden with the DNR.

In 2008, there were 12 boating deaths in Minnesota. a low. This year is trending up with more boating deaths and accidents, including in north-central Minnesota. Most deaths among boaters are caused by falls overboard and capsizing, says Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. In a small boat, a boater has to resist the urge to stand up. Those who must move around should keep their weight low and close to the center of the boat. And, it should go without saying that a boater should wear their personal flotation device. “Wearing your PFD is the best life insurance policy afloat,” the sheriff said.

To be prepared take some time and take the Boat safety course and exam. Also make sure to review the Minnesota Boating Guide. The water can be fun , but as many of my fellow Injuryboard members have pointed out, it can be deadly.


  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Good to hear about the ramped up DUI enforcement on the lakes & rivers, this year. Drinking and waterskiing/tubing is a recipe for death, if you ask me. Everybody PLEASE keep an eye on your children around water AT ALL TIMES; there have been way too many drownings so far this year at the beaches and pools in Minnesota. Even with lifeguards present, parents should still be watching their kids until at least they become teen age. I heard that summer ends this year on August 4th, so have fun out there and be safe.

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