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Folks hit Chehaw lake for Labor Day fun

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A lot of people hit the rivers and lakes around south Georgia for one last blast of summer fun on Labor Day.

DNR Rangers say the Labor Day weekend has been quiet so far, and they have not issued any BUI's out on Lake Chehaw.

This is a busy time of year for DNR Rangers, who make sure the public stays safe while out on the water.

DNR Ranger Eric White says the weekend was quiet on Lake Chehaw, but today more boaters are out on the water, enjoying the Labor Day Holiday.

White says so far they've haven't issued any BUI's or had any accidents on the Lake, but they'll continue to patrol through the end of the boating season.

"Well maintain our patrol efforts while the activity is increased,people will recreate well beyond labor day out here on the water and well definitely maintain our efforts out here on supervising folks on the water," says DNR ranger Eric White.

They're out to remind people not to drink and operate a boat, to stay out of areas that are roped or blocked off, and be mindful of life jacket regulations.

It was just three months ago when a family was trying to get a closer look at the Georgia Power Dam, and they were pulled through the spillway, and underneath one of the three floodgates that were opened at the time.

White says that's an example of how even seasoned boaters can get into a dangerous situation.

"People get complacent. People think they know everything about the water especially when they have 20 or 30 years of operating a vessel but there is different conditions that even the most seasoned operator can encounter."

They're also asking folks to be courteous to one another..especially for those who might be operating smaller vessels on the water like kayaks or canoes.

"We've really tried to inform the public as far as safe ways to operate vessels, in regards to operating under the influence of alcohol as well as being courteous to other boaters out here."

In total, DNR Rangers say this year they've issued 12 BUIs.

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