Make It Safe Over Labor Day Weekend
In the 1st 8 months of 2016, 88 peole have died on Texas rivers and lakes due to drowning, trauma and other causes. Many are heading to Bonito Lake or Ascarate Lake. Many of these tragedies could have been avoided, which is why the Lone Star Stare game wardens are asking boaters, anglers, and swimmers to make a promise to friends and family during the Labor Day holiday weekend to stay safe out on the water and follow these basic guidelines:
- Water and alcohol are a deadly combination - Boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated for everyone involved. The effects of alcohol while out on the water can intensify and alcohol was a contributing factor among nearly one out of every 4 boating accident-related fatalities this year. So far in 2016, Texas game wardens have arrested 143 people statewide BWI.
- Wear a life jacket at all times regardless they type of watercraft, from a kayak to a pleasure boat, a life jacket saves lives but only if you wear one.
- Designate a responsible observer because water depths and currents out on the lakes and rivers are unpredictable and it only take a second for a fun family outing to turn to tragedy. Of the 62 victims of open water drownings in Texas this year, nine were under the age of 18.
- Check the weather before you launch, conditions out on the water can change rapidly, and know the lake.