Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - During this three day holiday weekend, the Minnesota DNR is reminding boaters that safety never takes a vacation.
In Minnesota so far this year four people have died in boating accidents compared to nine deaths during the same time frame last year.
Falling overboard, capsizing, and failure to use a life jacket are the most common factors in fatal boating accidents statewide.
Officials urge all people to wear life jackets, and avoid becoming distracted with books or cell phones when watching children swim. They also emphasize avoiding swimming or boating alone.
The DNR has also been working with the Minnesota State Patrol in an effort to remind people that alcohol and boating, like drinking and driving a car, doesn't mix.
The DNR also reminds boaters that no–wake zones are in effect on many Minnesota lakes and rivers due to flooding.
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