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Water related incidents has officials urging caution on water


Authorities say number of water related incidents in our area is a trend that needs to stop.

The teen injured after going through the dam at Lake Wazeecha is the eighth water related incident since spring in our area.

There have been seven deaths throughout Marathon, Wood and Portage Counties.

The most resent—a man who officials say died of an apparent heart attack in Lake Wazeecha on Wednesday. The other six were all ruled death by drowning.

"When it's hot like this, your first instinct is to head for the water," Detective Sergeant Tony Babl with the Stevens Point Police Department said.

More folks may be headed out on the water because of the extreme heat. But officials say that doesn't mean they should be any less cautious.

"One water related death is too many," Wisconsin Rapids Paramedic Matthew Feder said.

Two of those deaths were in Stevens Point in the last two months. But before this year, officials say there hasn't been a drowning in the city since 2007.

"There seems to be a trend, but hopefully not. Maybe people are more aware of it now that these tragedies have happened," Babl said.

Officials say staying hydrated is the number one thing you should do in the heat. Another is wearing a life jacket.

"While it's not fun and it's not comfortable, wear a life preserver. If something is going to happen, a life preserver will help if you fall into the water," Marshfield Deputy Chief Robert Haight said.

That's something Katrina Rapacz says she's doing to protect her family.

"Make sure they have life jackets with them and be careful and cautious," Rapacz said.

Officials say drinking water, swimming with a partner and wearing a life jacket can help save your life this summer.






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