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May 28, 2007

Cordele--Rangers with the Department of Natural Resources are urging boaters to practice safety this summer.

We found hundreds of boaters taking advantage of the Memorial Day holiday at Lake Blackshear today.

DNR rangers are also out on the water to make sure you stay safe. Rangers say boaters under the influence of alcohol pose the biggest threat to others.

Rangers arrested two people for boating under the influence over the weekend. They were immediately taken to jail and their boating licenses were suspended.

"I usually tell people to do two things. They want to maintain a sharp lookout and maintain a safe speed. If they can do those two things everything should be okay," says DNR ranger, Tommy Lawrence.

Rangers say many boaters also fail to regulate their speed when near other boaters or swimmers.

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