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Busy Fourth of July for St. Louis Co. officials

Updated: July 05, 2020 11:21 PM

St. Louis County officials had a busy Fourth of July. 

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Officials say there was an increase in medical calls this year, and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad says they responded to a total of five of them since Friday.

Three of the medical calls were for water emergencies. They say this could have been the result of people getting out and about again for the first time.

"Failure to plan, alcohol is a huge factor. If there’s one thing that we can tell your viewers, it’s wear your life jacket. Don’t just have it in the boat. Put it on, and then go easy on the alcohol," said Rick Slatten of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says DWI numbers were pretty standard this year at three. They noted they did issue a DWI to someone driving an ATV.

The sheriff's office says there were no fatalities this year despite an increase in traffic on the waters, and in the woods.

"It seems there’s a lot more folks from out of state as Canada is closed, so you have more people that have come here from Indiana, Iowa, our neighbors in Wisconsin. We’re seeing a lot more of those boats on the lakes as well," said St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Peterson.

As summer continues, officials urge the public to:

  • Watch where they are going when driving boats and other vehicles
  • Wear helmets, seatbelts, and life jackets when possible
  • Stay hydrated/fed

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