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Published May 25, 2013, 08:36 PM

The temperatures may be warm this holiday, but the water is not

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A stern warning from the Minnesota DNR this holiday weekend, though our temperatures have warmed up, the water hasn't.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A stern warning from the Minnesota DNR this holiday weekend, though our temperatures have warmed up, the water hasn't.

Every holiday,

David West-Boater: "The lake can be very busy."

The lakes are packed.

West: It's fun though very fun."

And David West has spent 53 summers on Little Detroit.

West: "Once in a while someone might have a little bit too much fun. But I think pretty much everyone is respecting the law."

Each season it's the same.

West/Boater: "I think it's right around 48 degrees right now."

Temps so icy, it might just take your breath away.

West: "If you happen to fall overboard, something like that, it's quite a shock to the system."

Hypothermia can set in quick. Poor judgement and weakness are just a few symptoms. And your body becomes numb, in just a minute.

But putting on a life jacket, only takes a few seconds and it could save your life.

Carl Oberholtzer-Lives on the lake: "We worry about people that maybe aren't real experienced on the lake."

And he has reason to worry.

Last year in Minnesota, 54 people were killed in lake-related accidents.

15 of those connected to boating. Each year those stats can change, they may be different.

West: "Safety always first and everybody has fun."

But precautions and responsibility it stays the same.

So far, no one has been killed in a boat related accident this year. Last year at this time the state already had 4 fatalities.

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