Tips For Boating Safely This Summer


THINGS SHOULD CLEAR UP FOR A BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY EVENING. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS WEEKEND WILL BE HOPPING ON A BOAT FOR FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. SO IT IS A GOOD TIME TO GET A FEW REMINDERS ON STAYING SAFE AFTER THE LONG WINTER. KYLIE BEARSE IS LIVE FROM HARRIET ISLAND IN ST. PAUL WITH MORE. GOOD MORNING. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. WE ARE GETTING EXCITED. IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE THE WEATHER IS WARMING UP AND DRYING OUT AFTER A RAINY MAY. WE ARE READY TO GET BACK ON THE BOATS. WE HAVE TO BE SAFE ABOUT IT. AFTER A LONG WINTER MIGHT NEED A FEW REMINDERS. WE HAVE LISA FROM THE DNR WITH US THIS MORNING. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. Reporter: THIS IS A FUN TIME OF YEAR. THERE ARE THINGS TO BE AWARE OF. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REMINDERS YOU HAVE WHEN WE ARE ARE TALKING ABOUT BOATING SAFETY? MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MARKS THE START OF THE GET TING SEASON. WE HAVE THREE BOATING FATALITIES AND SEVEN DROWNINGS. TWO OF THE BOATING FATALITIES ARE THE EARLIEST RECORDED IN TEN YEARS. AIR TEMPERATURES MAY BE RISING BUT WATER TEMPERATURES ARE STILL HOVERING AROUND 50 DEGREES. DON’T JUST BRING THAT LIFE JACKET, WEAR IT. Reporter: THE LIFE JACKETS LOOK DIFFERENT THAN THEY USED TO TEN YEARS AGO. THEY AREN’T AS SUFFOCATING OR AS HOT. YOU ARE WEARING ONE RIGHT NOW. IT IS SLEEK. I AM WEARING ONE NOW. THIS IS AN INFLATABLE VEST STYLE. IT TAKES A WAY THE EXCUSES PEOPLE HAVE FOR NOT WEARING THEM. IT IS NOT HOT OR BULKY. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DO YOUR WATER ACTIVITIES WITHOUT THE LIFE JACKET GETTING IN THE WAY. Reporter: FOR THE SKIPPER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE FOCUSED ON THE WATER. I KNOW DISTRACTED BOATING IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING A RISE IN. WE HAVE. JUST AS YOU DO ON THE ROADS, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN WHEN YOU ARE BEHIND THE WHEEL. DON’T TEXT AND BOAT. WHEN YOU ARE NAVIGATING ON THE WATERS IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. THERE IS A LOT OF MOVING OBJECTS ON THE WATER YOU DON’T HAVE ON THE ROADS. PUT THE PHONE DOWN. DON’T TEXT AND BOAT. Reporter: WE KNOW PEOPLE LOVE TO HAVE A BEER OR TWO ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. THE DRIVER NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT DRINKING ANYTHING. 30% OF BOATING FATALITIES INVOLVE ALCOHOL. DESIGNATE A SILVER SKIPPER. IF YOU CHOSE TO BRING ALCOHOL ON THE BOAT HAVE SOMEBODY SOBER TO GET YOU HOME SAFELY ON THE WATER AND ON THE ROADS AFTERWARDS. Reporter: GREAT TIPS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GETTING US READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. WE LOVE GETTING ON THE BOATS. WE WANT TO DO IT SAFELY. I KNOW YOUR NUMBER ONE TIP IS TO HAVE A FRIEND WITH A BOAT, RIGHT? Reporter: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE YOU? NOT TOO BAD. HOW ARE YOU? Reporter: PRETTY GOOD. AS PEOPLE GET ON THE WATER THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING OUT FOR TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE SAFE. LIFE JACKETS IS A BIG ONE. IT IS A BIG ONE. EARLY IN THE SEASON MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LIFE JACKET FOR EVERYONE ON BOARD. BOATS 16 FEET OR LONGER NEED A THROW. FLOTATION DEVICE. Reporter: GOOD TO KNOW. WHEN YOU ARE OUTCOMING UPON BOATS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU RUN INTO. A LOT OF DRINKING AND BOATING? THERE IS A FAIR AMOUNT OF DRINKING. MOST PEOPLE KEEP IT UNDER CHECK. WE ARE LOOKING FOR BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. ACCIDENTS IN BOATING HAPPENS A LOT WHEN YOU MIX ALCOHOL WITH BOATS. Reporter: WE TALK ABOUT DISTRACTED DRIVING WHEN IT COMES TO CARS. IT PERTAINS TO BOATS ALSO. DURING A HOLIDAY WEEKEND YOU HAVE A LOT OF BOATS ON THE SAME BODY OF WATER. YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON’T NECESSARILY OPERATE BOATS FREQUENTLY. Reporter: THERE COULD BE PEOPLE OUT THERE NOT EXPERIENCED EVEN IF YOU ARE. IF YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES IT COULD GO SOUTH QUICKLY. Reporter: WHEN YOU ARE OUT PATROLLING WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST THINGS YOU RUN INTO? THE BIGGEST THINGS WE FIND IS NOT ENOUGH FLOTATION DEVICES. FREQUENTLY I FIND PEOPLE WITHOUT A TYPE FOUR THROWABLE DEVICE. THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE AND REALLY HAVING THAT IS GOING TO SAVE SOMEBODY ELSE’S LIFE. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT THROWABLE ON BOARD. Reporter: ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW. THE WATERS ARE HAVING VERY COLD. WATER IS VERY COLD. HYPOTHERMIA CAN SET IN QUICKLY. THE BIGGEST THING THAT WILL SAVE YOU LIFE IS WEARING YOUR LIFE JACKET WERE GOOD LUCK. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO TO DEEP EVERYONE SAFE. THIS IS A NICE WAY TO START THE DAY. IT IS BEAUTIFUL ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WE ARE BEING SAFE WHILE WE ARE DOING IT, TOO.

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