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DNR Offers Boating Safety Tips

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Enjoying time on the water means, doing it safely. And the Indiana DNR will be out patrolling lakes and waterways to make sure they stay safe this summer.

Officials say there are some basic concepts that are timely from year to year. Always wear a life jacket, don't sit on the side walls or bow decking of a boat while its in motion, watch the posted idle zones, speed limits and marker buoys,

And if you are skiing or tubing, make sure you have a designated observer. 

Of course, never drink alcohol and operate a boat. 

Indiana had 58 open water drownings in 2013, the most recent available statistic. Many drownings are preventable by wearing a life jacket at all times. The few seconds it takes to put on a jacket, could make a big difference in preventing a drowning.

For more information: 

The Indiana Boating Guide is available online at boat-ed.com/indiana/handbook. Hard copies are available at most boat marinas. 

Watch an informative boating violations video at dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/5066.htm

Anyone witnessing boating violations or in need of assistance from a Conservation Officer can call (812) 837-9536 to reach any officer in the state. 

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