The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding people to be safe and wear a life jacket when hitting the lakes this holiday weekend.

90% of boating-related drownings happen because the victim was not wearing life jacket and the majority are men

The following are life jacket requirements in Minnesota:

  • State law requires children under 10 years old to wear a life jacket while a boat is underway.
  • A readily accessible and wearable life jacket is required for each person onboard a boat, this includes canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and waterfowl boats.
  • One Type IV throwable is required on boats 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) and must be immediately available.
  • Personal watercraft operators and passengers must each wear a life jacket.