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Police urge boaters to be safe on Memorial Day weekend

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Lake Logan Martin in Pell City. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Lake Logan Martin in Pell City. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
Lake Logan Martin in Pell City. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Lake Logan Martin in Pell City. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) -

The Memorial Day holiday weekend means people will be looking for fun on the water. But, you need to take steps to protect yourself and your family.

Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley knows people want to come out to Logan Martin to have fun and the last thing he wants is to arrest someone, but the chief and the Alabama Marine Police want to be sure everyone is safe and not posing a threat to other boaters.

Turley knows it's going to be a busy weekend.

"If you get stopped by Marine police, you have to have a fire extinguisher. Make sure you got good registration. Make sure everyone on the boat has a life jacket," Chief Turley said.

Wearing a safety vest is critical to your survival. Chief Turley says boaters have to know the rules of the waterway.

"People cut each other off. The vessel on the right has the right of way. When overtaking another vessel you need to make sure you are clear," Turley said.

Chief Turley says inexperienced boaters cause a great deal of problems.

"You got to be on your A game. You got to be safe and have fun at the same time that's a top priority," boater Chey Pearce said.

Parents are asked to be aware even if their children are not on boats.

"Keep an eye on your kids. They had a drowning out here two or three years ago. A little kid. Keep an eye on them. They are going to be swimming. There are going to be boats. A lot of people drinking," parent Leigh Ann Potts said.

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