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Authorities warn people to be careful near dams

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MERRILL (WAOW) -

Authorities are warning people to be careful near dams, after four people found themselves in a dangerous situation over the weekend.

Four boaters on Lake Alexander found themselves in danger when their boat's motor fell off while they were near a dam.

The Lincoln County recreational deputy got to them Friday evening, and was able to tow them to safety.

Authorities from the DNR said their escape from harm's way was a close one.

"The problem people have when they go over some of these dams, particularly below the dams, is they are caught in a kind of a hydraulic, or a back flow, and they just can't get out of that," said Michael Rader, DNR conservation warden.

Officials said boaters should always wear a life jacket, and anchor their boats on the water.

 

 

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