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Old 08-01-2008, 06:08 AM   #1
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Default Speaking of the Nanny state...

Swimming across a lake is illegal? WTF? Let the guy drown if he can't make it!
A Minneapolis man went for a swim in Lake Nokomis Tuesday night, only to find Minneapolis Park Police waiting for him when he got out. Officers cited 41-year-old Tom Kleven for swimming too far.

Kleven, who is training for a triathlon later this year, said he was attempting to swim shore-to-shore around 7:30 p.m.

He said he was half way across the lake when a lifeguard ordered him to turn around. When he got back to shore, Kleven said police were waiting for him.

"I kind of asked them, 'am I the person to be reprimanded?' and they said ''re the person to be fined,' said Kleven.

Officers cited him for misdemeanor unauthorized beach-swim.

Kleven faces a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

"We should be allowed to swim in the lake wherever we want to," said Kleven.

The Minneapolis Park Board rules state anyone who wants to swim across the lake needs to get a $115 permit so a lifeguard and boat can follow them.

"We're really concerned about everybody's safety," said Minneapolis Park Police Sgt. Fred McCormick.

Since the offense is a misdemeanor, Kleven, who is a physician in St. Paul, will have to report the incident every time he renews his license.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:22 AM   #2
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While it seems heavy-handed, until we get to a point where we can't guarantee that if he'd drowned his family wouldn't have sued the Park Service for negligence (because we know they would have), I don't know that I blame them for the policy.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:20 AM   #3
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Almost every law has a reason behind it, I wonder if people have drowned before in the lake trying to cross it or if there are dangerous currents or maybe its just a liability thing like Horm said, either way Im sure the guy knew the law..... he is a physician im sure he could afford the 115 dollar permit..........
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