Conservation officers encourage water safety this summer

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(WCIA) – A lot of people head out on the water this holiday weekend, and as always, conservation police are encouraging you to stay safe.

Officers with the Department of Natural Resources says they have already had too many incidents on the water this summer.

Indiana DNR Conservation officers are encouraging people operating and riding in boats and jet skis to wear life jackets and drive sober.

Since last week, there have been nearly 10 water and boat deaths around the Hoosier state.

“Usually, operator inattention is a big contributing factor to accidents and alcohol is also a primary contributor. Not wearing life jackets is another one. So those three are probably the biggest contributors to accidents on our waters.”

State law requires everyone under 13 must wear a life jacket in water under 26 feet.

All ages must wear life jacket on a jet ski.

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(This story was originally published on July 5, 2019)

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