DNR conducting courtesy boat inspections

DNR officials say boating courtesy checks can spot potential problems before it's too late.

Boaters were out in large numbers on Monday, enjoying holiday time on the water. And to ensure the good times don't turn bad, the Department of Natural Resources was also there conducting courtesy boat inspections.

The extended Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer. But for those out enjoying the waterways, fun in the sun has officially kicked into high gear.

Water enthusiasts like Socrates Kritikos spent the holiday at Lake Murray. The Midlands resident says shared waters, means shared responsibilities in staying safe.

"Have all the safety equipment, so that everyone can get out there and get back home safely," said Kritikos.

He also says part of the basics of boating include remaining on high alert.

"The jet ski we found out there today, was just floating there," said Kritikos. "It was really pitch black when we got out there this morning, we barely saw it."

Incidents like that are not only an eye-sore, but can become a hazard to other boaters; therefore the Department of Natural Resources is launching a boat inspection to stop problems before they start.

"Just making sure you have all the proper safety equipment you're going to need," said Lynwood Kearse with DNR.

The equipment includes life jackets, registration and properly working lights for those enjoying the water at night.

"It's really a pre-safety check before you enter the water, before you put your boat in the water," said Kearse.

He says the boating courtesy checks can spot potential problems before it's too late.

"In addition to being unsafe you can also get a fine, a hefty fine," said Kearse.

"I think everybody should get a good inspection," said Kritikos.

In an effort to make sure a calm day on the water, stays that way.