Boaters encouraged to stay safe while on the water

Galivants Ferry, SC - GALIVANTS FERRY, SC (WMBF) - With the Labor Day weekend here, many may decide to hit the water, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources wants everyone to stay safe while they are out there.

The DNR says they will be out monitoring the waterways, and doing boat inspections for safety equipment boats should have. They say boats should have life jackets, whistles, flares and a fire extinguisher. 1st Sgt. John Hillian says wearing the life jacket can save your life if something happens.

"The main thing is they want to be safe out on the water. Make sure they have and wear their life jackets and the other safety equipment," said Hillian.

Boater Bobby Cook says he always wears his life jacket, and remembers to watch out for other boaters. He says it takes everyone on the water to be safe.

"If everybody else is safe then everyone in the water is gone be safe. But like I say a lot of people take shortcuts and that's where you have problems," said Cook. "A lot of people take short cuts and that's where you have problems at. Like I say I wanted to make sure I have my stickers on my boat and everything is right you know."

The DNR says they'll have more courtesy boat inspections at different landings around the state.