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Multiple Weekend Deaths Bring Warnings from DNR

Multiple Weekend Deaths Bring Warnings from DNR Click to Enlarge Photo: Liu, Photos.com

Jun 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - After a deadly weekend on Minnesota waterways, the state Department of Natural Resources is calling for caution. 

The DNR says five people have died in boating related accidents this year, the most at this point since 2005. Add to that 19 people who have drowned in non-boating mishaps and safety officials are getting a bit concerned.

The deadly weekend started Friday when authorities recovered the body of 67-year-old Charles Dollar of Long Lake. Dollar had gone fishing Thursday on Lake Independence; his body was found Friday near a boat launch. 

Then, three people drowned over the weekend, one in St. Louis County, one near Mankato another in Maple Lake after diving off a pontoon. A 16-year-old girl also died late Monday night after being pulled from the waters of Cedar Lake Sunday after spending more than 30 minutes submerged.

DNR says it'll only get more crowded on the water as the summer moves in. They're recommending everyone wear lifejackets while boating, swim or boat with someone, and stay away from alcohol on the water.

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