Boaters urged to take care afloat

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 1, 2004

DEMOPOLIS-Local Marine Police Officer warns residents of Demopolis and the rest of Marengo County to be very attentive during the Fourth of July week, which is the busiest week of the year.

Officer Pat Oliver expects the week of the Fourth of July to be one of the busiest boating periods of the year. Demopolis’ waterways will be crowded with people enjoying camping, boating, fishing, water-skiing and the very popular fireworks displays presented throughout the state.

“Everyone needs to make sure they pay extra close attention to what they are doing because it’s going to be very busy on the river,” Oliver said.

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He also encourages boaters to pay close attention to persons riding on jet skis or other types of vehicles. It’s recommended that everyone maintain a 100-foot barrier between themselves and any other objects.

“We want everyone to have safe and enjoyable Fourth of July, so please be careful,” Oliver said.

One of the biggest problems that Oliver sees during this time is people who think alcohol and water mix, but they don’t, he said. People often make the mistake of thinking that they can drink just a little bit and be okay, well that’s not the case.

“We will be out looking for reckless operators and boaters under the influence of alcohol,” Oliver said.

Weather will have a key role in the weekend’s activities, so please check the weather reports before headed out on to the river, he said. With the kind of weather that’s happening right now it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“I want everyone to have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend, just please be careful while on the river,” Oliver said.