Authorities: Drowning Numbers Could Rise with Hot Holiday Weekend
File photo of the Lake Calhoun.
Photo: KSTP File Photo
The number of swimmers drowning this summer has been down at some metro lakes.
Lake Minnetonka hasn't experienced a drowning this summer. That's not uncommon, but it is an accomplishment, said Lisa Kiava, spokeswoman for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. One or two people typically drown a year at the popular metro lake.
Across Hennepin County, no children have drowned this summer at lakes within the county, Kiava said. Last year, four children drowned in the county's lakes.
But authorities are worried that drowning numbers could spike during Labor Day weekend - especially with the hot weather expected. Authorities are warning swimmers to slow down, be patient - and remember that underage drinking laws will be enforced.
KSTP's Tim Sherno will be reporting on this summer's drop in drowning numbers, and how authorities are trying to keep swimmers safe this summer. Watch his report at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.