Officials patrol local waterways during Labor Day holiday

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

So far, officials report no major problems on Eastern Kentucky waterways this holiday weekend.

Rangers and other crews are out patrolling the lakes and rivers looking for people breaking the law and trying to keep everyone safe.

Some Floyd County Rescue Squad members hit the water at Dewey Lake to keep a close eye on those in boats.

"You have a tendency when you want to play or have fun, entertain yourself through the beauties of Mother Nature, you kind of let your hair down sometimes, and it can cause you a problem, and make for a bad day. Even the best swimmer can drown." Says Captain Timothy Cooley with the Floyd County Rescue Squad.

The squad wants to prevent that, so they are looking for any safety problems

"We would much rather be out here doing this as the other, looking for someone." Says Cooley.

Crews hope people seeing them wear their life jackets will make them wear theirs.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers rangers are also out looking for anyone breaking the law and writing citations for violations. They are checking boats' registration and looking for alcohol. It is prohibited on Dewey Lake.

"That would definitely be a safety issue. That would be a federal citation and a mandatory federal court appearance." Says Stonney Burke, the Senior Park Ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dewey Lake.

Boaters that we talked to did not mind the safety checks.

During the boat checks, park rangers handed out wrist bands and key chains to children wearing life jackets.

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