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Corps of Engineers asks everyone to practice smart water safety over Memorial Day weekend

Published May 22, 2014
St. Paul District's Brad Labadie was out at Lake Minnetonka on April 26, 2014, to teach a little about water safety during the Victoria Lions Club's crappie fishing contest. Here, he's teaching a future water safety expert how to be a safe boater and to always wear your life jacket. The event was a fundraiser with all proceeds helping send 15 children to the American Diabetes Association's Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, Wis., for a week this summer.

St. Paul District's Brad Labadie was out at Lake Minnetonka on April 26, 2014, to teach a little about water safety during the Victoria Lions Club's crappie fishing contest. Here, he's teaching a future water safety expert how to be a safe boater and to always wear your life jacket. The event was a fundraiser with all proceeds helping send 15 children to the American Diabetes Association's Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, Wis., for a week this summer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and many families will be heading to a lake, river or swimming pool. We hope that everyone enjoys all different types of water activities but also remind everyone to be safe while doing so. 

While this weekend is the unofficial start to the summer, it is also a great opportunity to check your life jackets and ensure they are serviceable and that they still fit properly. Here are a few additional safety tips. 

Boaters:
• Take a safe boating course;
• Ensure all required safety equipment is onboard and serviceable;
• Wear your life jacket – don’t just carry one on board; and
• Check the weather forecast and file a float plan with a friend of family member. 

Swimmers:
• Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat;
• Don’t overestimate your swimming skills; and
• Swim only in designated swimming areas and never swim alone.

The Corps reminds boaters to exercise caution and be vigilant when boating in the area because rivers currents are strong. Submerged logs and other debris below the water’s surface can cause severe damage. Always wear your life vest, as events can happen quickly.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend everyone! For more information on how to be safe while on the water, please visit: http://watersafety.usace.army.mil/

The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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