AUDIO: DNR preaching safety on the water

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Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) With sunny and warm conditions forecast for Minnesota on the Fourth of July, the Land of 10,000 Lakes will be filled with people in the water looking to cool off on the holiday.

DNR Boat and Water Safety Specialist Kara Owens tells KNSI News it's always a good time to wear a life jacket "anytime you step on a boat." And she says parents need to keep close tabs on their children whenever they're near water.

She says boaters should refrain from alcohol, saying "booze and boating don't mix."

She says a wet June has left higher water levels on some lakes and rivers, which can also be problematic. Owens says debris often floats just below the surface, and might not be visible to a boater. She says hitting a log at a high speed can cause a lot of damage to your boat, or injuries to you or your passengers on board.

Minnesota has recorded six boating fatalities so far this year, compared with four at this time a year ago. 

Kara Owens on water safety during the holiday

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