Some outings have been deadly this year. On one weekend, three people drowned in Nebraska lakes.
A spokesman for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Herb Angell, says simple steps can make water sports fun.
“You know, everybody wants to get out on the water and cool off a little bit,” Angell tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “There’s some precautions they need to take before they do that. If they’re boating, or if they’re tubing or water skiing, that sort of thing, if you’re under 13 in our state you have to wear a life jacket all the time. So, that’s a really good reminder. The best way to keep kids in life jackets is to wear one yourself.”
Angell urges everyone to wear their life jackets, especially children. He says that and other steps can insure safety.
“If you’re out there swimming, it’s a lot of fun if you’re with somebody else. So, you should always swim with a buddy,” Angell says. “Best bet is know before you go and check and see, talk to the locals, and see what kind of swimming area you’re going to.”
Angell also says to leave the bottle behind when you get out on the lake. He says alcohol doesn’t mix with boating, swimming, or tubing.
Three died a couple of weekends ago; one while swimming at the Fairbury Dam, another at Branched Oak Lake near Lincoln, and a third at Willow Creek State Recreation Area Lake near Pierce.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.