Officials urge boating safety over holiday weekend

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 2:34pm

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens are urging safety on the water this upcoming holiday weekend.

"Operation Dry Water" kicked off last Friday to encourge boaters to be responsible by not boating while intoxicated. During the same campaign last year, nearly 300 boaters were arrested statewide.

In addition to drinking responsibly, game wardens want to remind everyone to always wear a life jacket on the water, especially children. Statistics indicate 70 percent of people who have died in boating collisions could've been saved had they worn a life jacket.

"Every once in awhile, there's boat collisions, and if you don't have on a life jacket and you're in a boat collision, that life jacket is not going to do you any good," said McLennan County Game Warden Michael Serbanic.

Officials will also be out to ensure that boats are fully drained before entering or exiting the water to eliminate the chances of spreading zebra mussels.


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