SNEADS-- So what do people really know about being safe in the water?
"Yea, don't go out on the water on the boat without a lifejacket. That's the most main one. And like, always like if you're at the beach don't get in the rip current, just swim sideways."
"Making sure that she never goes by herself, that she's got her water floatation devices, when we're in our boat that she has her life vest on, and the boat has all the equipment that we need, the safety equipment, and things of those nature."
But the Jackson County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure people have more than just the basics covered.
"We've found that there's a lot of people were having some type of incident, be it they died or there was a boating incident. And a lot of it was because one, they didn't know what equipment was required or they just didn't understand that they need to be safe around the water."
So that's why they've put together an annual event about water safety, not coincidentally, right before the fourth of July.
"The whole eastern part of our county is laiden with water, we have lakes and rivers. And we want people to be safe when they're boating and swimming because we've got the fourth of July coming up and we know there's gonna be a lot of people utilizing our waterways. We wanna make sure that they take every opportunity to be safe out there."
So get ready for some fun in the sun... And, in the water.
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