DNR: Memorial Day signals start of most dangerous time on SC waterways

By Gregory

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Department of Natural Resources officials say the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous in South Carolina's waterways.

This week DNR is cracking down on boaters not abiding by the law for national Safe Boating Week. Sgt. Angus MacBride says it's all a part of a push to make sure boaters are safe out in the water during the summer months.

"Between Memorial Day and Labor day are considered the 100 most deadliest days of summer," said MacBride. "Kids are out of school, people are vacationing and the ocean becomes very congested. So we want to make sure everyone is out there is safe and all the proper safety equipment on board their vessel."

MacBride says he has more than a dozen men patrolling Lowcountry waterways.

"You can expect to see random check points and have random security checks basically 24 hours a day seven days a week," said MacBride.

MacBride says they are looking for life jackets, fire extinguishers, and checking to make sure the boat is properly registered.

"We check for a lot of different things, but the majority of the tickets we give out are for not having proper personal floatation devices on board. A life jacket that will fit a 300-pound man will not properly fit an 80-pound juvenile," said MacBride.

DNR officers will be giving free boat inspections Saturday at Remley's Point in Mt. Pleasant from 10 a.m. until noon.