Contact: Matt Lindstrom, (612) 673-2148
May 24, 2012
Minneapolis firefighters conduct season-opening water rescue training, share water safety tips
WHAT: As school gets ready to let out, and the beaches and pools begin to open, Minneapolis firefighters will conduct a season-opening water rescue training and also share tips to keep people safe while enjoying activities on the water this the summer. During the training, Minneapolis firefighters will practice rescuing passengers (buoys) from an overturned boat on Lake Calhoun.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday May 31, 2012
WHERE: Lake Calhoun
Media should meet at the boat landing on the northeast side of the lake near the pavilion. Photographers will be able to take photos and video from the shore. Interviews will be available following the simulation.
MORE: Minneapolis firefighters are typically first on the scene when there are emergencies on Minneapolis waterways, including the Minneapolis portion of the Mississippi River.To make sure they’re always prepared, they routinely train for specific water rescue situations.
Minneapolis firefighters performed 42 water rescues in the city in 2011. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources there were 66 total boating fatalities and non-boating drownings in Minnesota in 2011.
General water safety tips
- Always wear a life jacket while boating or canoeing. State law requires that life jackets are available for all people on board. Children under the age of 10 must wear a life jacket while the boat is underway.
- Don’t use alcohol while boating, swimming, supervising children and enjoying other water activities. Designate a sober boat operator.
- Children must be actively supervised and parents must avoid distractions while their kids are in or near the water.
- Learn CPR
- Take a boating safety course.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for other swimmers and boats and beware of sudden drop-offs.
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Published May 24, 2012