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      Swimming safely in man-made waters

      LEXINGTON (WACH) -- Katie Reilly is enjoying the near picture perfect day at Lake Murray with her son, but this young mother knows you can never be to safe in man-made waters.

      "Keep them up towards the shore if he starts getting out where it looks like its getting too deep or it could possibly drop off I just tell him to come on back towards me," said Reilly.

      Reilly says when soaking up the sun she's always prepared with lifejackets and is aware of her surroundings.

      While her five year old son is already swimming this mom is keeping a watchful eye on the water .

      "Definitely not to go out by himself, go out with a group of people and make sure everybody knows how to swim, make sure you have the safety equipment that you need," adds Reilly.

      "Wear a personal floatation device anytime you're swimming, just like in a boat those things will save your life," said Lance Corporal Steven Johnson.

      Johnson is with the Department Of Natural Resources and he says there isn't many rules for swimmers on the lake.

      He points out public boat ramps don't allow swimming near them and certain areas of the lake have buoys that designate it's a safe swimming area.

      Johnson says in open waters swimmers need to keep an extra eye out for boats.

      "It's hard to see a swimmer in the water, if they have a personal floatation device on especially a bright colored one that will help the boats see you," adds Johnson.

      Parents at Lake Murray Monday say safety is their top priority anytime they're near water.

      "Once it goes from rocks to sand kind of soft sand that's where I draw the line, if the water comes up above the waist its not good," said Oscar Figueroa .

      "We both put on life jackets even me because when boats come up and it gets rocky out there you want to make sure you're safe," said Allison Rhine.