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Boating safety ahead of Memorial Day

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PADUCAH - With temperatures in the 80's and only a small chance of pop-up thunderstorms, it is going to be the perfect three day weekend to get out on the lake for Memorial Day.

If you are not careful, the crowds can also make it a dangerous time.  As the unofficial start to summer begins this weekend, it is Marshall County Deputy Jason Ivey's job to make sure it is a safe one.

"Life jackets don't work unless you wear them, have all your safety equipment ready, fire extinguishers, life jackets for everyone, a throw-able device, be safe and watch other boaters," said Ivey.

Ivey said it is important for boaters and everyone else on the water to play it safe.

"Drinking and boating, that does not mix.  Watch out, watch what you're doing, watch what everyone else is doing as well. Boats don't have brakes," said Ivey.

As a reminder, he said there should be a life jacket for every person in the boat.  Children under 12 years old are required to wear a life jacket at all times.

Ivey said make sure the boat's registration numbers are displayed on the boat permanently and correctly. Make sure the registration and documentation papers are on board and available.  Also, make sure you have a working fire extinguisher on board and readily accessible.

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