MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Now that the ice is out, a lot of people are getting ready to put their boats on lakes and rivers.
But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says not so fast.READ MORE: Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer, Injured Director On Movie Set (CBS News)
Conservation officers say it’s important to make sure your boat is ready for the season. And they want to remind boaters the water is still very cold and can be dangerous.
If someone falls into cold water, they’re more likely to gasp and fill their lungs with water.READ MORE: 3 People Shot In Separate Minneapolis Shootings Thursday Night
DNR Officer Adam Block wants boaters to make a safety checklist before boating this spring.
“Make sure you have life jackets that are adequate size and functioning shape and condition,” Block said. “You want to make sure other equipment is on board as required, such as a horn or a whistle to alert other boaters of your location.”MORE NEWS: Data Show COVID Cases In Minnesota Schools Have Declined, But Experts Still Watching For Long-Term Trends
Officer Block says last year, 13 of the 14 people who died in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.