Staying safe while on the water

Posted at 9:15 PM, Jul 06, 2019

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — While many are enjoying this hot summer weekend at the lake or by the pool, officials say it's crucial you make safety a priority.

This past week, LEX 18 reported on two teenagers who drowned in separate incidents here in Kentucky.

Whether it’s in a lake or in a pool, drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for young kids.

On a busy weekend on the water, people said they are paying extra close attention.

Paul Barnes is the owner of the Chimney Rock Marine in Mercer County. He said bringing a fitted, US Coast Guard approved life jacket is imperative.

“We have somebody go out and size them up as far as life jackets. We put enough on the boat so they'll have them. If there are children, you have a small life jacket, fix them up like that,” said Barnes.

Water patrol has been out on Herrington Lake making sure people follow the rules.

“They patrol the lake and make sure they have jackets on. I think if a child is under 12 or 10, they have to have one on at all times. They can't even take it off,” said Barnes.

Boaters said they are also keeping a close eye on kids.

“Keep an eye on them at all times. All children always wear a life jacket and keep an eye on other boaters...not just your boat,” said Gregg Robinson.

Staying aware of your surroundings and going slow in no wake zones are other tips to keep in mind.