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Rangers send a message for boaters

May 24, 2005

Albany-- With the Memorial Holiday approaching, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources warns that people heading to rivers and lakes should take safety precautions.

In 2004, the DNR said that there were 130 boating accidents, and 25 boating relating fatalities in Georgia. The DNR also made 195 Boating under the influence arrests.

They remind boaters of the safety rules that every boater should already know. Among the most important is the rule that there must be a life jacket aboard for every person on the boat. Children under 9 must water the life jacket when they're on the boat.

Youngsters under 16 cannot operate a poser craft with an adult supervision unless they completed a boating safety course.

Boaters have to cut their power to idle speed when they pass within 100 feet of a stationary structure such as docks or bridges, and when passing within 100 feet of anchored boats, or barges.

Georgia Power Company is also doing its part to improve water safety, with new buoys on Lake Chehaw. Recent floods have damaged some of the buoys that were last replaced 12 years ago, and some were hard to read due to discoloration.

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