Recent fatalities by electrocution are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Electrocution can happen when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring. Electric shock drowning (ESD) occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes…
North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers a few simple reminders to help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
Flood waters will have significantly changed conditions at traditional access, camping, and day-use sites. And boaters should also be prepared to locate alternative boat ramps to access the Mississippi River between Wabasha, Minn., and Trempealeau, Wis., as ramps may be closed due to flooding.
In addition to learning about safe lockage procedures, attendees received information on safe boating, sharing the river with commercial traffic and the availability of locks on the upper stretches of the river in Armstrong County.
A one-week permit would cost $4, an annual permit would cost $12, and a two-year permit would cost $20.