Less than a month into summer and there have been several drownings on Minnesota waterways. The latest numbers from the Department of Natural Resources show 25 drownings since May, six of which happened on boats. In every boating case, the victim wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
With 25 drownings this summer in area pools, ponds and lakes, a newly formed task force is spreading the word about water safety.
Minnesota has had a record number of drownings this year. According to the DNR, 27 people have drowned in incidents not involving a boat. Nine others drowned in incidents involving a boat.
An Iowa police chief says authorities have recovered the bodies of three young children who apparently drowned in a river during a Fourth of July outing with family and friends.
With temperatures in the 70s this weekend, lots of people are headed to the lake. But police officers say be forewarned now: they are also heading to the lake this weekend. They target the weekends before July 4 to the send a message – they have zero tolerance for boating under the influence.
Six drownings occurred in Minnesota over the weekend, underscoring an already tragic summer on the waters.
Two people drowned in the Mississippi River during the weekend.