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July 4th Holiday Boating Safety

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

With the July 4th holiday falling mid-week, on-water assistance providers expect to see a lot of boats to be out on the water during the entire nine-day span from June 30th to July 8th.

"We're going to be out pretty much in full force 4th of July weekend," said Regional Land and Water Rescue Unit President Mike Cherry

The Regional Land and Water Rescue Unit is gearing up for a busy week but say just because they're out there, it doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare yourself for the what if.

"The law says you don't have to wear your life jacket when you're in transport but you don't have time to grab your life jacket and put it on when an accident happens," explained Cherry.

Another way to be prepared is to make sure you don't get stranded.

"Make sure you got enough fuel and everything for your destination," said Cherry.

And one way to avoid an accident is to avoid alcoholic beverages.

"Please don't drink and operate a boat," said Cherry.
"If you have to drink, be the one sitting on the sideline enjoying it."

Staying on top of the weather conditions in your area is also a good way to know what to expect on the water.

Boating is one of the country's most fun and rewarding family past times, but everyone should enjoy it responsibly.

The Regional Land and Water Rescue Unit has 54 members and services Alabama, Florida and Georgia.


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