VIDEO: Life-jacket warning issued after Minnesota drownings

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Two separate drownings last weekend at a Minnesota lake that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy and a 60-year-old man have officials urging locals to wear life jackets.

Both incidents were related to waterfowl hunters trying to get on Parley Lake near sunrise. Neither victim was believed to be wearing a life jacket and sheriffs urged both life jackets and caution when people are on the lake, especially early in the morning.

On Friday, 6-year-old Hunter A. Heyman, of St. Bonifacius, was set to ride along while his father went duck-hunting, but the family’s boat drifted away from the dock with the boy in it. The father tried to swim to retrieve the boat and pull it to shore, but was unsuccessful, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said.

Dean W. Buetow, 60, was pulled unconscious from the lake about dawn on Saturday and taken to Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center, then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“People are going out in boats, it’s dark outside, the water temperature is dropping as it gets later in the year, so that makes it more dangerous for people who are going out on the water,” Sheriff Jim Olson told the Star Tribune.

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