Officials Remind Boaters To Be Safe

Many people are headed to the water for some fun in the sun this holiday weekend, but officials are asking boaters to be careful.

WITN tagged along with NC wildlife officers Saturday afternoon in Beaufort County. The officers were out on the water trying to make sure that boaters were being safe.

Officers checked to make sure boaters were registered, whether everyone on board has a life jacket, and to make sure the boat operator was not impaired.

Officer William Cain said, “Make sure you have all of your safety equipment, make sure everyone gets home safe and that’s the reason we are here. Make sure everyone has an enjoyable weekend, and make sure everyone makes it home, like they came."

Cain says wildlife officers will be out in full force on the water this weekend at many different areas in the East.

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  • by Tom Location: Washington on May 30, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    I saw this happen in other states, and it was overturned. Whatever happened to "Probable Cause" The Law should have to have a reason to stop you, either you are breaking the law, driving in a reckless manner, they observe you drinking alcohol, I really have a problem with just being pulled and harassed for no reason. Everywhere else there has to be "Probable Cause" before you and your family are looking at the Blue Lights and evryone rides by wondering what kind of scumbag you are. It's Unconstitutional.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on May 29, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    I am a magnet for these checks for some reason. Its like Highway Patrol. They are not allowed to profile and stop the obvious offenders so they randomly (ya right) pick a guy with family on board drinking a Pepsi. I do appreciate their service but I wish they would harass the obvious hellions on the water.
  • by cheers on May 29, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Whatcha do is pull the cover up or off your engine so you look broke down. Then, the /wildlife cops won't bother you. Works everytime.
  • by james Location: washington on May 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    im sure the wildlife and coast guard will be out harassing boaters this weekend. last memorial day i was stopped 3 times in less than 2 hours. i had all my safety gear each time.
  • by Antionette W Location: Georgia on May 29, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Many people drown due to not knowing or obeying safety rules when boating. Although no one wants big brother looking over their shoulder, some people need it.
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      by Chuck WireWiggler on May 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM in reply to Antionette W
      Actually the problem is that too many have become realiant on the guvment for everything, to bail them out, to tell them how to live, where to live, when to evacuate. Many can no longer help themselves. Oh yea, even something as common-sensical as wearing a life jacket while on the water, they have to be told!
  • by leaveusalone on May 29, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    thanks officials, we really needed some more of your input in our lives. GO AWAY
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      by Anonymous on May 29, 2011 at 06:52 AM in reply to leaveusalone
      do what youre supposed to do and you wont have anything to worry about
      • reply
        by leaveusalone on May 29, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to
        ahh i can see you are one of those that needs the government to provide for you. grow up.
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          by Follow The Rules on May 29, 2011 at 11:56 PM in reply to leaveusalone
          If everyone was law abiding, there'd be no need for law enforcement. Unfortunatly...

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