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SCDNR urges boater safety

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off to the summer, which means more people will be spending more time on the water, and so will South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources.

SCDNR says they will be out there to make sure boaters are being safe. They say they will inspect boats randomly to make sure they have all of the safety equipment required by law, including extra life jackets and fire extinguishers.

"What happens on the water is things happen fast, getting thrown out of a boat or your boat hitting something," said Sgt. Michael Thomas, SCDNR. "Not only do I recommend that you have your equipment, but know where they are."

Thomas said the Lowcountry did not have any boating deaths last year, and he attributes that to SCDNR's presence on the water.

"Folks know we're going to be out here, they know we're going to be around, and that absolutely is a factor," he said. "We see more responsible drivers now then we've ever seen."

SCDNR is not trying to stop folks from enjoying themselves on the water, in fact, they want folks to have a good time, but not at the expense of their life or someone else's. 

Folks who see something out of the ordinanry or need emergency help can call SCDNR at 1.800.922.5431.

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