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Safety on the Water Starts in the Driveway

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – Being safe is all about being prepared, before your boat hits the water.

“They should have been doing some of the things in the driveway, making sure they fire extinguisher was there and the life jackets were there,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Spokesman Joe Wilkinson.

Some boaters are in a hurry because higher water levels have kept their boats in the docks until this weekend. Flooding conditions means extra obstacles.

“There’s still going to be floating limbs and logs,” said Wilkinson. “It’s going to be piled up along the shore line where you don’t expect it.”

“There are some objects in the water that you can’t see that you could hit that would knock you over the boat,’ said North Liberty resident Gary Peltier. “And that’s why it’s important to know where all of your safety and all of your life jackets and all that is.”

If you are over the age of 18, then you are not required to have anything like a boater’s license to operate the vessels behind me. But you are expected to have a solid knowledge of the Iowa Boater’s Laws and Responsibilities Handbook. Inside is everything to keep you safe out on the water. But not everyone is on the same page.

“They’re still learning how to operate a boat correctly and that does scare me, especially on a day like this where there is watercraft everywhere,” said Peltier.

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