Ensuring safety on the water ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

CAGLES MILL LAKE, Ind. (WTHI) – Many are starting to get their boats out on the water, whether for a pleasant ride or a fishing trip.

As the Memorial holiday approaches local lakes will only get busier. Law enforcement agencies are asking you to make safety a top priority.

News 10 took to the waters of Cagles Mill Lake with Conservation Officer Chris Springstun for some boating advice.

While today is relatively calm the holiday weekend will draw a much bigger crowd.

“This is going to be the first weekend boaters are going to be out on the water, so our officers will be out in full force,” said Springstun.

More people on the water means more opportunities for accidents.

“People are driving a lot faster than they normally do because it is the first time on the water, and people tend to drink a little bit more alcohol,” said Springstun.

Summer fun that may seem harmless, but in 2013 alone 58 people drowned in open water across the Hoosier state.

“We encourage everybody to wear life jackets, especially kids thirteen and under. We suggest everyone wear a life jacket but we strongly suggest kids wear them,” said Springstun.

If you do plan on taking a dip in the water you may want to keep the temperature in mind.

“There will probably be a lot of cold water challenges going on so just make sure you have the precautions to get out of the water and get dried off, because hypothermia could occur,” said Springstun.

Even more so than today, officers will be behind the wheel keeping their eyes open for any safety violations.

“Our officers are going to be looking for people driving too fast through idol zones, and making sure people aren’t drinking in excess. We want people to have a good time, but we also want everyone to stay safe as well,” said Springstun.

Officers also ask that you always be mindful of other boaters.

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