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Staying safe on the waters

 The Sun is out and the kids are ready to boat.

"Memorial day weekend is the kick of season here on Lake Blackshear," Corporal Bob Holley said.

But it's not just fun for the kids, it's fun for those who call Lake Blackshear the office. 

"The outside it's different every day. Your amongst a lot of good people," Holley said. 

Corporal Holley has fun doing his job making sure everyone is safe. He say's there are three simple rules that can be life saving.  One is wear your life jacket. 

"75 percent of fatalities are caused by drowning and of that a majority of those individuals aren't wearing a life jacket," Holley said. 

Everyone on board must have a wearable life jacket. Even though adults don't have to wear one all the time it's a must for the young ones. 

"Kids don't float any child under the age of 13 is required to wear a life jacket at all times," Holley said.

Two don't test the waters with the navigational rules just obey them and look out.

"You got to keep your head on a swivel,"

Think of the waters like driving in your car. Although it can feel like you're going over a thousand pot holes.

NAT: Bumpy waters 

There aren't any traffic lights or signal to alert you of other drivers so stay alert. 

"Drive defensively you need to keep a proper look out," Holley said.

Lastly if you're the captain of the boat, don't drink. 

"It's just as dangerous if not more dangerous than to operate a motor vehicle. 

Even though today is a fun day have a designated driver if you decide to drink because the DNR is especially patrolling for drunk drivers.

"Were going to be out here looking for impaired operators," Holley said.

Other tips include knowing how many people you can fit on your boat. Every boat has a sticker that informs you the limit of people you can carry on the boat.
If you go over you can capsize.

If you were born after January 1st 1998 you most take a boating safety class in order to operate a boat. 

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