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DNR warns of dangers in springtime water

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Even though that ice is melting on some lakes the waters are still frigid and dangerous.

The DNR warns that water takes heat away from your body 25-times faster than air and can lead to hypothermia in minutes.

Although anglers aren't required to wear life jackets by law in Wisconsin, they provide an extra level of safety in high river waters and strong currents.

The U.S. Coast Guard released a study showing 84% of drowning victims nationally were not wearing life jackets.

"Basically that means, if you're not wearing a life jacket, your chances of survival are greatly reduced.  That's particularly important in cold water like this," says DNR recreational safety warden Bill Yearman.

Also, if you're on the river fishing near a dam, keep in mind the stronger currents and laws regarding how far you must stay away from the dam both up and down stream.

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