CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- It’s 4th of July Weekend here in the Lowcountry. With COVID-19 canceling many events; experts anticipate local waters will be more crowded than ever.
Before setting sail this Saturday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is urging all boaters to check a few boxes.
“It’s a big boating weekend, especially here in Charleston on the coast. One thing we’re looking for is that everyone is just being safe,” says SCDNR Conservation Officer Kevin Johnson.
Johnson highlighted a few items that each boat needs to have on board:
- Personal floatation device
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights
In addition to those items, every boater needs to make sure their boating license and registration is up-to-date. “Just like your vehicle, the license is the same concept,” says Johnson.
According to Governor Henry McMaster’s most recent COVID-19 restrictions; each boat is allowed a max of 3 passengers. Boaters are also asked to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene habits.
Because it’s 4th of July weekend; it’s predicted that boaters will be staying out later than usual on the water. Johnson reminds everyone to turn on navigation lights from sunset to sunrise.