May 22, 2013 at 5:29 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesotans are eager to hit the water for Memorial Day weekend, but the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters that warmer weather does not mean warm water.
Captain Greg Salo says water temperatures on Lake Minnetonka and the St. Croix River are currently in the 60s, even though air temperatures this week have been in the 70s.
Falling into frigid water can cause an immediate gasp for air and the shock of the icy water can also cause cardiac arrest, even for people in good health. Cold water robs the body of heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.
Salo says there have been no boating fatalities in Minnesota so far this year, compared to four deaths for the same period last year. It's the first time since 2004 Minnesotans are going into Memorial Day weekend without a boating fatality. Fifteen people died in boating accidents in 2012.
Temp: 79°F (26°C)
Wind: 6 SW
Weather: Mainly Cloudy