Nichole Hannahs

Summer Safety Boat Inspections

by Nichole Hannahs on May 21, 2011 at 3:26 am

Warm weather had boaters flocking to the water Saturday.

At Dillon State Park some even took advantage of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Safety Boat checks.

"One of the main things that we look at is the boat has to be registered," said State Watercraft Officer. "The registration paperwork that comes with boat needs to be carried on board," said State Watercraft Officer Jason Altchic. "We’re checking to make sure everyone has life jackets and depending on the size and type of your boat you’re going to have to have a few other safety items on board as well."

State Watercraft officials also said to make sure to watch the buoys for no wake zones and just because the weather may be warm that doesn’t mean the water is.

"Typically there’s the 120 degree rule," explained Officer Altchic. "If you take the combined water and air temperature and it equals anything less than 120 degrees you are kind of in a cold weather environment and have a potential for problems for hypothermia."

All children under 10 must also be wearing life jackets on board vessels. Safety boat checks will be taking place Sunday at Dock 4 at Burr Oak State Park, at Salt Fork and The Riverside Ramp on the Muskingum River.