SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Marine Patrol Unit is urging boaters to stay safe during the upcoming holidays. They stress wearing life jackets and avoid boating while under the influence.
There are 700 boating-related fatalities each year on average and 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket, according to SCMPD's Marine Patrol Unit.
Marine Patrol officers will be on constant patrol starting this Saturday. Officers will be checking vessels for required safety equipment and taking corrective action as needed.