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Published June 03, 2012, 01:29 PM

Dakotas officials warn: Be careful when in water

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As the weather warms and the waterways become more popular, municipalities across the Dakotas are telling residents to be careful when swimming, kayaking and canoeing.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As the weather warms and the waterways become more popular, municipalities across the Dakotas are telling residents to be careful when swimming, kayaking and canoeing.

Among the tips: Tell someone where you're going, when you'll return and whom to call if you don't come back. Always wear a life jacket. Make sure your skills and experience are equal to the river or lake, depth and conditions you're attempting.

Sioux Falls officials say on the city's website that people should carry a first aid kit — and learn how to use it. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health officials warn that young children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water in less than 20 seconds. It takes an adult an average of just 60 seconds to drown.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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