MN DNR: Cold Water Dangerous to Boats this Memorial Day Weekend

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MN DNR: Cold Water Dangerous to Boats this Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With the approaching Memorial Day Weekend, the MN Department of Resources is reminding boaters that warmer weather does not mean warmer water.

The DNR says that water temperature below 70 degrees is considered cold. Water temperatures on Lake Minnetonka and the St. Croix River are currently in the 60's, even though air temperatures this week have reached nearly 70 degrees.

Falling into colder water can cause an immediate gasp for air and the shock of icy water can also cause cardiac arrest, even for people in good health. Cold water robs the body of heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.

Fifteen people died in boating accidents in 2012. This year is the first time since 2004 that Minnesotans are going into Memorial Day weekend without a boating fatality.

Here are some safety tips from the DNR for boaters:
•State law requires a U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket for each person on board all watercraft.
•All children under 10-years-old are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while a boat is underway.
•Alcohol and boating don’t mix.
•If a watercraft becomes swamped or capsized, try to reboard or stay with the craft.
•Take a boater course and receive a boat education certificate.

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