Officials urge water safety this Memorial Day holiday weekend

POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:20am
UPDATED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 10:07pm

It's Memorial Day weekend, which for many means the first holiday of the year where you can spend some time on the lake. While you celebrate, officials want to remind you to enjoy the weekend responsibly. So, there are a few few safety tips to keep in mind.

With more people expected on the water this weekend, including children, game wardens say it's imperative that everyone has on a life jacket. Just last weekend, a 17-year-old Temple High School student drowned in Lake Belton.

"Let's make sure that all the kids have life jackets on, especially when the boat's in motion," said McLennan County Game Warden Michael Serbanic.

Game wardens will be out patrolling in higher numbers to ensure everyone's safety, especially when it comes to boat accidents.

"Every once in awhile, there's boat collisions. And, if you don't have a life jacket on, and you're in a boat collision, that life jacket isn't going to do you any good," said Serbanic.

While officials want you to have a good time, you must also remember you can't operate a boat drunk.

"Keep drinking to minimum. You can drink while you're on the boat, but you cannot be intoxicated," said Serbanic.

Game wardens say your safety is their top priority. However, they'll also be stationed around the lakes this weekend to ensure proper drainage of boats before entering and exiting the lakes to prevent the spread of the invasive zebra mussels.

"Basically, they'll take over a water body, and they can destroy a water system, water filtration. They get in pipes.They destroy boats, marinas."

Zebra mussels have been already been confirmed in Lake Belton.


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