As the unofficial start to summer, rangers with the Army Corps of Engineers and volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary were out in full force this Memorial Day weekend, patrolling the lakes with important safety reminders.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of people out on the water, we’re expecting a pretty busy summer out here, right now it’s been pretty hot, so a lot of folks have been trying to get out here and cool off,” said Will Gore with the Army Corps.
“I’ve been out here on the water since Friday, so we’ve educated folks on wearing their life jackets, we had a gentleman yesterday on a jet ski forget it, left it in the truck,” Bradley Cochrane a volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary said.
Safety reminders include:
-There must be as many life jackets on the boat as there are people.
-Children ages 12 and under must wear a life jacket.
-Be sure to sit inside the boat, not on top or on the sides.
-Have a designated driver who is not drinking.
-Keep kids close
– Mandatory items on a boat: a sound making device, a throwable if your boat is over 16 feet, and a fire extinguisher