Boaters reminded to stay safe on the lake ahead of Memorial Day

Boaters reminded to stay safe on the lake ahead of Memorial Day weekend

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Keep an eye out for other boaters while out on the water. Keep an eye out for other boaters while out on the water.
"You got to watch where you are going, first thing," said boater Mike Davis. "I got a six by six log laying right there. You'll hit it." "You got to watch where you are going, first thing," said boater Mike Davis. "I got a six by six log laying right there. You'll hit it."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - Many people are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend and for many that means getting out on the water.

Boating season usually kicks off this weekend, so it is important to remember some safety tips before taking your family out.

Sea Tow captain Chad Tinch says they are expecting a very busy weekend. He hopes those who decide to take their boats out will be careful.

"Make sure your boat is in good working order," said Tinch. "Make sure your batteries are fully charged. That's going to keep you from calling us here at Sea Tow."

Tinch said all the recent rain is causing other problems as well.

"There is a lot of debris floating in the water," he said. "This morning when I came across the Fort Loudoun dam, you can look up river and see a lot of debris."

Boater Mike Davis goes fishing on Fort Loudoun Lake seven days a week.

"You got to watch where you are going, first thing," said Davis. "I got a six by six log laying right there. You'll hit it."

One of the most important things you need to remember before getting on your boat is to have a life jacket.

"Everyone on board has to have a life jacket, so make sure you have enough life jackets for everybody," said Tinch.

If you do not have a life jacket, Sea Tow has several life jacket stands at area marinas, including one at Fort Loudoun Lake Marina, where you can borrow one free for the day.

Davis says many boaters do not watch out for others.

"They don't pay attention where they are going," said Davis. "I think they guess boats have brakes and they don't, look way ahead."

If you do get into trouble, Sea Tow will be available to tow you back to shore.

It is also important to remember TWRA officers will also be out on the water making sure people do not have too much to drink.

The effects of alcohol do increase when you are in the sun for an extended amount of time.

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