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Holiday weekend boater safety

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With the hot weather over the weekend, many people in our area took to the water to have a good time, but along with the fun were some problems. The Coast Guard at Wrightsville Beach say even though hundreds of boats were out on the water this weekend, everybody was pretty safe. The Coast Guard only had 4 emergency calls and normally on Memorial Day Weekend they have 5 to 10. US Coast Guard, Danny Jancauskas says, "There was a vessel that was taking on water approximately 500 gallons into the vessel. We got on scene along with sea tow and we de-watered it." The other calls included a hit and run crash, a broken-down boat, and another vessel that ran out of gas. Along with emergency calls, the coast guard boarded about 20 boats over the holiday weekend to make sure everyone was following the rules. Jancauskas says, "The most common violation was the fire extinguisher, not having it on board, which is an automatic termination so if you don't have that we send you back to the pier." No one was found operating a boat while under the influence, but it's still a concern for the rest of the season. Jancauskas says, “Driving while intoxicated, that's probably one of the most dangerous things. It's OK to drink on your vessel, but you cannot be the one that is operating the vessel." If you are found breaking the law, the coast guard will fine you.

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