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DNR officials urge water safety Labor Day Weekend

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The gator hunters won't be the only ones on south Georgia waterways. Lakes and rivers should be crowded with boaters and swimmers over the long weekend- the unofficial end of summer.

DNR Ranger, Ben Roberts says waterways are second to highways as scenes for accidental deaths. Roberts and other rangers are doing all they can to prevent this from happening.

DNR officials will be all over south Georgia monitoring the waterways.

Rangers say it's especially important that kids younger than 10-years-old wear life jackets when the boat's moving. 86 percent of people who drown in boat accidents were not wearing their life jackets.

Since fewer people may travel this Labor Day, more may hit the water close to home. That's why it's vital to take safety precautions like idling around the buoys.

"It really depends on the holiday and the way the economy is these days," said Roberts. "It's real tough to be traveling, so lately on the last few holidays like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, it seemed like we had a little more business here on the water because not everybody is out on the roads spending money traveling."

On average, two boaters are killed everyday on waterways in America. That's more than 700 per year. Studies show more than 400 lives could be saved every year if people wore life jackets.

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