There have been several cold-water rescues throughout the state already this year and as temps dip, Lisa Dugan with the DNR is reminding Minnesotans to wear their life jackets in and around the water…

“There’s not as many people in the water and help may be further away and that shock of ending up in cold water is really incapacitating, it doesn’t matter how strong of a swimmer you are.”

Dugan also recommends bringing a whistle with you in case you fall into cold water and need to get someone’s attention for help.