Berkeley County urges boater safety ahead of Memorial Day

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis is reminding residents to stay sober and know the laws when hitting the water this Memorial Day weekend.

In a press release Friday afternoon, Sheriff Lewis said residents should know there will be an increase in patrols on the waterways from various patrols in the county.

All agencies have one thing in common: keeping you safe.

If you plan on taking the boat out this holiday weekend, please keep the following tips in mind:

Life vests should always be on hand. There needs to be one life vest per person on the vessel.

Before heading to the water make sure that your boat is in good working order and has the required safety equipment on board.

Please make sure that your trailer has proper lighting and safety chains.

Be courteous of others on the lake and follow the proper counter-clockwise direction of travel when pleasure boating or skiing.

DO NOT drink and boat. The alcohol that you consume has a greater effect on your ability to operate safely than it does on dry land.

While the sheriff’s office wants to ensure that everyone has a great Memorial Day, they also want boaters to keep in mind the fundamentals of boat safety. Not all accidents can be avoided, but there are many that can be prevented by following safe boating habits.

Be aware of your surroundings and watch for channel markers, speed zones and be sure to have all necessary safety equipment on board. 

Please be responsible on the waterway. Be sure that you and all occupants possess life vests if you are on a vessel, said Sheriff Lewis. If alcohol will be consumed on the vessel, be sure that there is a sober person operating the boat. We will be working hard this weekend to keep everyone safe to see another Memorial Day.

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