Boating season ending, MN DNR reminds to keep safety in mind

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(ABC 6 NEWS) – Labor Day weekend marks the end of boating season for many Minnesotans and the DNR is reminding everyone to not let their guard down as the season draws to a close.

This year has been the deadliest in more than a decade on the state’s waterways.

So far this year, 17 people have lost their lives in boating incidents in Minnesota, which is the highest number since 2005.

Most of the fatal boating incidents in any year occur during the cold water periods in the spring or fall. If you plan on going boating anytime in September, the DNR wants people to be extra vigilant about their safety.

Make sure you wear a life jacket and check the weather to avoid wind and storms. They also say to keep in mind that even strong swimmers can be incapacitated quickly after a fall into cold water.