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Minn. DNR Warning Boaters of Cold Water Dangers

Posted at: 11/19/2012 2:37 PM
Updated at: 11/19/2012 5:44 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullUnseasonably warm weather and cold water can be dangerous to late-season boaters, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The agency is warning boaters and waterfowl hunters to not to let their guard down.

So far this fall, the DNR says four people have died during the late boating season.

In a news release, Capt. Greg Salo, a DNR Conservation Officer, said "all boaters need to remember they must wear a personal floatation device. Low water levels are exposing several hazards: rocks, low-wing dams, stumps, etc. Operators and passengers can be easily thrown overboard after coming into contact with one of these hazards."

The DNR says the cold water can be dangerous or even deadly, especially if people don't consider the consequences of cold water shock and hypothermia that can result from falling into water at this time of year, Salo said in the release.

According to the release waterfowl hunters must also wear a personal floatation device, and even though some hunters find it uncomfortable to wear them while hunting, Salo said, "camouflage float coats are a good option for hunters but they must be properly worn and zipped to count as a personal floatation device."

In the release, the DNR recommend these safety tips for late-season boaters:

For more information, visit the Minnesota DNR website.