Nebraska officials share safety tips for going out on the water this summer

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Ten people a day die from accidental drowning, according to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

After a canoeing mishap took the life of 27-year-old Zachariah Lade in Sarpy County on Wednesday evening, staying safe while participating in water activities couldn’t be more important.

Kolt Volker, a Nebraska kayaker and angler, shared his tips on staying safe while remaining active in waterways.

“Be familiar with the body of water you’re at, also so, if you’re by yourself, you want to make sure somebody knows where you are,” he said. “The water temperature right now is probably in the 50s, and if you go overboard and it doesn’t take long before you get hyperthermic effects, and if you don’t have a personal floatation device, you’re going to have unfortunate consequences.”

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Travis Shelper said to avoid alcohol when enjoying water activities this summer and always have the proper equipment onboard water vessels.

“You need to have one personal floatation device on each vessel per person on board,” he said. “Make sure that your safety equipment is in good shape and avoid alcohol in excess when you’re operating a vessel.”

For more information on boating safety, swimming safety and other important tips while out on the water, visit

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