4 people have died in Minnesota waters in the past 3 days

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Four people have died in Minnesota waters in the space of three days, with two of these incidents involving boats.

On Monday evening around 8:22 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of an empty boat floating on Lake Andrew.

Officers were told the owner had left to go fishing at 3:30 p.m. but never returned as scheduled at 5:30 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

His family found his empty boat and called for help, sparking a ground, water and air search. His body was found at 10 p.m., he has not yet been identified.

On Saturday, KSTP reports a Minneapolis woman died when her canoe tipped on the Root River in Fillmore County.

Emergency responders were called to the river around 2:37 p.m. and found 63-year-old Wendy Beth Anderson unresponsive. She had been canoeing with her husband on the river when their canoe hit a log and overturned.

The Sheriff's Office told KSTP it's the third incident they've responded to on the river in the past two weeks.

We reported over the weekend on two other fatalities in Minnesota waters – the first on Saturday when a 56-year-old Rochester man died during the swimming leg of the Rochester triathlon.

And on Sunday, the body of 5-year-old Dustino Casares was pulled from a reservoir on the Tamarack River. He had been at a campground with his family when the incident occurred.

Spate of drownings in Minnesota

It brings the number of people who have died in Minnesota waters this month to at least eight. Two people died on Lake Miltona and Lake Orono respectively on Saturday, June 11.

The Forum News Service reports an 18-year-old Twin Cities man is believed to have drowned while swimming in the Temperence River in north Minnesota on June 13.

WCCO reported earlier this month that a 77-year-old Le Sueur man died in Lake Francis after swimming in the lake.

Boating accidents and drownings in Minnesota

Last year, 53 people died from boating or non-boating drownings in Minnesota waters, which was 10 more than the year before, according to the DNR.

The 18 boating-related deaths – at a rate of 2.2 deaths per 100,000 boats – was the highest in Minnesota since 2005.

Water safety has improved however compared to 30-40 years ago, when death numbers were around the 100 mark.

You can find water safety tips here.

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