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Lake safety

Posted: May 29, 2014 10:13 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

 

With Memorial Day just behind us, the “official season” at Lake Wateree has begun, and between now and Labor Day, thousands of Kershaw County residents will be taking to the lake to enjoy summer fun. Duke Energy recently released a summer safety document, and we’d like to join in urging people to use sound judgment and common sense at the lake, lest recreation turn into tragedy.

Excessive drinking while boating is perhaps the biggest danger at the lake, and there have been a number of fatalities in the Midlands because of that, especially at nearby Lake Murray. Boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, and we urge everyone to have a “designated captain” procedure so those who have been overserved won’t end up harming themselves and others. This is especially important at night, when being on the lake can be dangerous in itself.

Swimming, while great fun, can also be dangerous and calls for caution. Again, excessive drinking and swimming don’t mix. For children, life jackets are necessary, and even strong adult swimmers shouldn’t venture too far from shore. Though cell phone reception isn’t always great at the lake, it’s wise to take cell phones out on boats so calls can be made (reception permitting) in case of an emergency.

Lake Wateree is a tremendous resource for Kershaw County. Observing proper safety procedures can help prevent tragedies and we hope everyone will have a fun summer on the lake while being safe.

 

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