NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT)- The fourth of July, along with Memorial Day and Labor Day, account for more than one third of all boating accidents and fatalities. Holiday wildlife officers will be out in full force along eastern North Carolina’s coast this weekend. All boaters are required to have life jackets on board for each rider, and children under the age of 13 must be wearing them while the boat is in motion. If you are planning on watching fireworks from your boat, be sure to have an anchor light.
Wildlife officer, Brandon Lyon, said, “be cautious, be courteous to other boaters, and obstain from alcohol use if you are going to be operating.”
An unofficial count kept by the State Wildlife Commission shows 17 people have died in boating accidents so far this year.