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DNR offering free boat inspections at Clearwater Cove

Posted: June 27, 2016 2:12 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2016 1:00 a.m.

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend and beyond, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings. 

The upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend, July 2-4, is one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters.

On Lake Wateree, a courtesy DNR boat inspection will be held at Clearwater Cove Landing on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. 

Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. South Carolina DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the waterTo report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. 

For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301 or visit the organization’s Website located at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html.

 

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