The temperatures may be warm this holiday, but the water is notFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A stern warning from the Minnesota DNR this holiday weekend, though our temperatures have warmed up, the water hasn't.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A stern warning from the Minnesota DNR this holiday weekend, though our temperatures have warmed up, the water hasn't.
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.