DNR courtesy boating inspections set during Labor Day weekend

Courtesy boat inspections will be held during Labor Day weekend, as a courtesy by state agents. The following news release was issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources:

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

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (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. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To 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 http://www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/.

Courtesy safety inspections at the following locations and times:

* August 29

Galivants Ferry Landing - Little Pee Dee - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Marion Co.

* August 30

Conway Marina Landing - Waccamaw River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Horry Co.

Easterling Landing - Lake Robinson - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Darlington Co.

Browns Ferry Landing - Black River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Georgetown Co.