Baldwin County, Alabama (WKRGMore) – They returned on Friday, patrolling the Tensaw River and surrounding areas, and expect many to be on the water over the next few days.
“Everyone in the Marine Patrol Division is out on patrol boats this weekend,” said Lt. Ryan Bennett of the Alabama Department of Law Enforcement Marine Patrol.
They stop and watch for boating violations, but it’s also important to have a presence and visibility on the state’s waterways.
“We had a record Memorial Day weekend at the beginning of summer, and all signs point to a repeat of the same on this Fourth of July long holiday,” Bennett explained.
So far this year, Alabama has had five boat-related deaths and 47 water accidents. Lieutenant Bennett reminds everyone to pay attention and be aware of their surroundings.
“On the water it’s more difficult because you’re not just trying to stay in one lane. Traffic can really come from all directions,” he said.
This week’s extreme heat could cause problems on the water, too. That’s why Lieutenant Bennett recommends boaters stay hydrated and avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible.
“Many people go to the water’s edge to soothe their minds, but it’s also where there’s little shade and the sun is very strong. Adding heat and alcoholic beverages is a bad combination,” Bennett added.
Additional patrols will continue until next week.
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