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June 30, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to stay safe while enjoying water-related recreation such as boating or swimming during the 4th of July weekend.
Individuals and families should plan ahead before enjoying a lake or swimming pool. A water safety plan should include properly fitting life jackets, necessary safety equipment, and a sober operator if using a boat.
“We want everyone to have fun and stay safe during the holiday weekend, but it is a team effort that involves all who are enjoying our lakes and rivers,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “Due to increased boating traffic, it is important to be aware of your surroundings so that everyone is able to have a fun and safe weekend.”
The Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit will have additional patrols between Friday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Deputies and volunteer Special Deputies will be available to assist boaters who find themselves in distress or have questions about area water regulations, they will also actively be patrolling for boaters who are intoxicated.
Life jackets are required to be worn by children less than 10 years old when on a boat. Boats must also have an accessible life jacket for each person on a boat, and at least one throwable device. Personal watercraft operators and passengers, no matter the age, must wear a life jacket.
On Lake Minnetonka, there are free life jackets available that boaters may borrow for the day. The Kids Don’t Float program is a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis and North Memorial Medical Center. The life jackets are found inside storage containers located at three public boat launch locations: Gray’s Bay, Spring Park Bay, and Maxwell Bay.
Safety reminders for boaters
Boaters should slow down and make an extra effort to act in a courteous manner on crowded lakes and rivers. Designate a sober boat operator prior to your day of boating. It is highly recommended that all passengers wear life jackets during boating. Be aware of the danger of a boat propeller. People in the water, who are re-entering the boat, have been injured by props.
Safety reminders for swimmers
WATCH – your kids
Parents must use active supervision when children are in – or near – the water. In 70 percent of cases where young children drowned, one or both parents were nearby. Being nearby isn’t enough. Parents must focus on kids and avoid distractions such as using cell phones or talking with other adults.
Parent supervision is needed even when lifeguards are on duty.
WEAR – a life jacket
Weak swimmers or non-swimmers should wear life jackets in the water – including swimming pools. Adult supervision is needed even when using a life jacket. Do not rely on water wings or other inflatable devices.
LEARN – to swim & learn about water safety
Teach your kids to swim. Adults must know how to swim too. Keep safety equipment near pools, such as a shepherd’s hook. If attempting a rescue, hand something to the struggling person or pull them to safety with the hook. Use safety precautions with backyard kiddie pools. (One child drowns every five days in portable pools.) Learn CPR and learn more about water safety.
Hi Wayzata, Dan Gustafson telling you about another unfortunate incident that happened on Lake Minnetonka last week. David Charles Carlson, age 65 of Blaine was recovered, his body was recovered from Smith’s Bay about 250 feet, make that yards west of Brackett’s Point in Orono. Mr. Carlson was sailing when it went aground last week in Orono.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s press release indicates that he was aged 65 years, time of death was 2:30pm approximately. The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation by the Medical Examiner and the Sheriff’s Water Patrol.
The incident occurred on June 1st, 2017, law inforcement had been searching the lake after finding an abandoned sailboat, stay tuned we will keep you posted if anything new happens with this case–Mr. Carlson.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com your Wayzata Community leader.
Many of you heard about Daniel Lee Martin aged 69 years perrished in a fire in the 400 block of Rice Street shortly after 5pm on Wednesday May 31. The case is being investigated by the Wayzata Police Department, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office.
Address again was 426 Rice Street, happened on May 31. Time of death for Mr. Martin 5:08pm. An individual was involved, according to the medical examiners press release in a fire at the above location and died of injuries sustained in a fire. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted as to what happens with that.
Our condolences to Mr. Martin and his family, we always regret losing our Wayzata citizens. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com.
Free LMCD Boater Safety Course June 19, 2017 7:45am to 6:00pm.
- Free Course– Lunch and Refreshments Provided
- Hands-on classroom safe boating demonstrations
- Youth and adults 12 years and up can obtain their MN DNR Watercraft Operator’s Permit
- Parents/guardians invited to enhance training experience
Sirens from the Wayzata Fire and Police Departments could be heard at about 8:00 am the morning of the Wayzata Chilly Open.
Someone drove their Mercedes C-Class onto the ice covering the channel that leads from Wayzata Bay to the Wayzata Lagoon. For those of you not paying attention out there, channels that connect one body of water to another body of water are particularly susceptible to thin ice, as was proven today.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your don’t drive your vehicle on the ice on Lake Minnetonka when it’s 50 degrees leader.
A free boating safety course is being offered Thursday, October 20, 2016 for youth ages 12 to 17 and adults. Energetic presenters will help participants obtain their Watercraft Operator’s Permit through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Lake Minnetonka Boater Safety Education Program explains ways to stay safe while having fun on the water.
In Minnesota, a Watercraft Operator’s Permit is required for youth ages 12 to 17 years to operate a boat over 25 hp without adult supervision and for youth ages 14 to 17 years to operate a personal watercraft unsupervised. Adults who obtain a Watercraft Operator’s Permit may receive discounts on their boat insurance.
Jay Soule, Al & Alma’s General Manager and a Boat Captain since 1993, will lead the class. According to Soule, â€œThe class includes hands-on demonstrations using fire extinguishers, tying knots, and other practical boating skills. It is an opportunity to learn about boating while making Lake Minnetonka safer for everyone.â€
The boating safety course is free for participants including a complimentary lunch and snacks for all participants. There is a $22.50 fee after passing the exam to receive the Watercraft Operator’s Permit. This permit fee will be reimbursed upon request for youth ages 12 to 17 years through the Save the Lake Fund. The registration deadline is October 13. Class size is limited so register early to save your spot!
This course is sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), through its Save the Lake Fund, and in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. The free training is made possible through private contributions to Save the Lake.
The Lake Minnetonka Boater Safety Education Program will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Westonka Public Schools’ Education Service Center, located at 5901 Sunnyfield Road E in Minnetrista. The class will begin at 7:45 am and continue through 6 pm. For more details and to register, visit the LMCD’s website, www.lmcd.org, main page under â€œHot Topics.â€ Direct registration questions to Administrative Assistant Emily Herman at email@example.com or 952-745-0789.
Check this awesome video produced by Blake Nyquist highlighting the James J. Hill Days Wake Throwdown! Â James J. Hill Days this year was such a great time for everyone! Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, attendees for making it so!