Boaters urged to use caution during Labor Day weekend
KENTUCKY LAKE - Isaac is expected to make his presence known in our area this weekend. And that's why boaters are being put on alert about the dangers of being in open water. Local law enforcement will be watching your every move and they do urge caution.
It's going to be a tough weekend for Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Jason Ivey and he knows it.
"We are expecting a big crowd," he said.
Combine that with the remnants of a hurricane and a holiday weekend and he anticipates many calls.
"This lake can turn upside down before you even know what's happening," Ivey said.
So the county's marine patrol division will be as visible as possible. With strong winds in the forecast, Ivey warns this weekend could be dangerous to even the most experienced boaters.
"With 30 mile an hour winds, this lake is going to have anywhere from three to four foot swells out there. Smaller boats are very vulnerable to taking in water and capsizing," he said.
Moors Marina Owner Mark Woods said the weather isn't a factor for his guests for now.
"All of our lodging is full this weekend. Our boat rentals are all booked up," Wood said.
"My main thing to say to everyone is wear your life jackets. They will not work if you're not wearing it," Ivey said.
There weren't a lot of people on the water today, but Ivey does expect an increase this weekend in between Isaac's rainfall. He does advise if you think the swells and waves are too high to simply avoid the water.