Boating Safety

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The unofficial start to summer means a lot of people looking for some fun in the sun, and on the water.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will patrol area rivers over the holiday weekend.

Officers say there is a lot of debris in the water from the recent heavy rain.

They're asking boaters to be alert and be careful.

Along with high water levels, wildlife experts will also be keeping an eye on anyone boating and drinking.

"That's our biggest focus - people boating under the influence and consuming alcohol. Not every boater is going to be drinking but there's going to be a lot who will be," says John Casto, with the WVDNR. "It's not because we don't want people to have a good time, it's to keep people safe."

Casto also reminds boaters to put a life jacket on the kids.

Children 12 and under are required to wear a life jacket if the boat is moving.

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