Operation Dry Water is valid until tomorrow. King County is stepping up boat patrols to protect everyone from drunk boats.
SEATTLE — If you’re planning to hit the water, Operation Dry Water is in effect. Several authorities are stepping up patrols to protect everyone from driving a boat under the influence of alcohol. The effort runs up to the celebrations on Monday 4th July.
Deputy Matthew Martin of the King County Marine Rescue Unit told KING 5 News they did not issue any notices of Boating Under The Influence on Sunday. Despite the warmer weather in recent days, everyone on the lake has been fairly safe, he said.
The King County Marine Rescue Unit was on the water this July 4th weekend. They were one of the few ships out on the water that rainy day.
“A lot of boat owners have their boats ready for the season, they just haven’t been able to take them out yet,” Martin said.
They are participating in the national Operation Dry Water campaign, but so far no BUIs have been issued this weekend.
“Boaters in Washington are pretty well trained in BUI, you just don’t see it often. Also, summer hasn’t come yet this year, so boaters haven’t turned up in large numbers yet,” Martin added.
Passengers can drink alcohol on a boat, only the boat operator is not allowed to be under the influence of alcohol.
“If they boat responsibly, we probably don’t have BUI contact with them,” Martin said.
BUI is not their only focus this weekend as patrols were out to ensure everyone was following safe boating rules.
Although it’s officially summer, they’re preparing for a potentially warmer bank holiday tomorrow. You’re not the only ones waiting on the water for a warm-up.
“We have our happy days and we have our bad days, so we go with the beats,” said David Young, general manager at Woodmark Waterfront Adventures.
When the sun is out, all Woodmark Waterfront Adventures ships are fully booked.
“We hope the sun will come back soon,” Young said.
As more and more people go to the lake, the Marine Rescue Unit will be there too.
“I want people to come out and enjoy themselves. That’s why our unit exists, so that they can enjoy the water safely,” said Martin.
Deputy Martin told KING 5 that the most dangerous ship they had last season was actually paddle boards. Life jackets are required, but he said people often don’t put them on and if they fall into the lake, they get in trouble.
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