TWRA saturation detail leads to BUI arrests and other citations

TWRA saturation detail leads to BUI arrests and other citations

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"The purpose of our detail is to keep everybody safe on the water," said TWRA officer Mitch Clure "The purpose of our detail is to keep everybody safe on the water," said TWRA officer Mitch Clure
TWRA officers say to stay safe on the water boaters need to be alert and aware of other vessels around them and not drive under the influence. TWRA officers say to stay safe on the water boaters need to be alert and aware of other vessels around them and not drive under the influence.
"When we don't have too many waves coming from the large boats it's freedom," said McBride. "When we don't have too many waves coming from the large boats it's freedom," said McBride.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been a beautiful weekend and many people have been on the lake celebrating Father's Day.

If you were on Fort Loudoun Lake you many have noticed an increase amount of law enforcement on the water; the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency had a saturation detail looking for boaters violating the law.

Dennis McBride is spending Father's Day on the boat fishing with his dad.

"When we don't have too many waves coming from the large boats it's freedom," said McBride.

McBride tries to go boating a couple times each summer. Each time making sure he's prepared and following the rules on the water.

"We make sure we have all the right equipment, take our time and stay out of trouble," said McBride.

The TWRA and boating officers from the Blount and Knox County Sheriffs' Offices hit Fort Loudoun Lake Saturday for a saturation detail. According to TWRA Officer Mitch Clure they stopped 93 boats, gave 19 citations, six warnings and made three arrests.

Two arrests were for BUI.

"The purpose of our detail is to keep everybody safe on the water," said Clure. We've had a lot of boat wrecks lately. We want to keep everybody safe make sure everybody is abiding the rules."

TWRA officers say to stay safe on the water boaters need to be alert and aware of other vessels around them and not drive under the influence. Following the rules will reduce the risk of an accident.

"We had another boating accident come in late Friday night, early Saturday morning on Tellico Lake; it was a center console boat verses a personal water craft they were taken to UT hospital treated and released," said Clure.

This year on Tennessee waterways there's been 22 BUI's, 19 serious injury accidents and 11 fatalities. McBride appreciates the TWRA's presence on the water.

"I grew up on this lake and so I know how it goes and I have heard of the problems people have had and bad accidents so it's important," said McBride.

The TWRA tries to have a saturation detail a couple times each summer. A national boating under the influence operation will be the last weekend in June.

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