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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Southwest Georgia boaters took advantage of the sunshine this morning, and used local lakes and streams as their holiday getaway.

More than a dozen boats used the Cox Landing Park to gain access to Lake Chehaw and Lake Worth for Memorial Day. While some had an easier time than others, most said it was a good way to have a little fun this Memorial Day without going too far from home.

"Just kind of fun, something quick, just go out for a little quick boat ride, eat lunch and have fun," said Mary Barber, a boater.

Last year, 56 people drowned and 18 others died in boating related incidents in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources encourages everyone to practice safety at all times when in and around the water.

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