WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year in the area’s waters.
Locals and tourists go out on their boats to enjoy the warm sunshine, but they can get carried away.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people believe that when you’re on a boat, there’s alcohol, its mandatory. But you know, it applies on the water as it does on the road. You can get what they call a B-W-I, which is boating while intoxicated on the water,” Captain Scott Collins, Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach general manger, said.
The coast guard says several inlets have shoaling and can be particularly treacherous like Carolina Beach inlet, Topsail Inlet and Masons inlet.
Fortunately, if you do have trouble or you get into an accident, companies like Sea Tow are here to help.
“We’ll probably get, at least 30 to 40 breakdowns in a three day, period. And a lot of it will coincide to when the low tide happens. This weekend, I think we’re gonna be having low tides in the later afternoon, when people are trying to get back home and that tends to increase the workload for us,” Collins said.
Think of Sea Tow as AAA for your boat.
They can assist you if your boat breaks down, you run out of fuel, or if you need a battery jump.
But some residents aren’t too worried as long as everyone is careful.
“People come to town and they do dumb stuff. I mean, a little bit. But if you’re smart and you don’t do stuff, dumb stuff this weekend you’ll be good,” Matthew Berry, Wilmington, said.
The coast guard is also stepping up patrols, looking for people who may be drinking and boating.
The New Hanover county sheriff’s office will also have two boats on the water this weekend.