Jul 5, 2012 at 10:09 am
ST. PAUL, Minn (KNSI) The number of summer drownings in Minnesota is one of the highest statewide in a decade.
According to data through July 1 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, at least 25 people have died of nonboating-related drownings, including eight in the seven-county St. Paul metro area.
During the same time period last year, there were 13 statewide.
There have been six boating-related drownings this year, compared with five last year.
There was another drowning Tuesday in Chisago County, when a 5-year-old boy died at Round Lake.
DNR water safety specialist Tim Smalley says more people are taking to the water because of the hot water.
Temp: 19°F (-7°C)
Wind: 20 SW