Recent Rain Just Enough to Hide Lake Hazards

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 07/03 2014 06:16PM

Updated 07/03 2014 06:48PM

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate America's independence, but there are still rules to follow, especially if you plan on spending time on the water.

"When you get that many people out here and there is usually alcohol involved. A lot of people on the water and a lot of boat activity and there is a good chance somebody is going to get in trouble," explains Lake Patrol Officer, Clu Burnham.

Burnham says that life jackets are a must and that drinking and boating can lead to problems. "I would suggest that no one operate a boat and drink alcohol, its just not safe. Even though its legal, its just not safe," explains Burnham.

Fireworks are another thing that Burnham says they have issues with at the lake this holiday weekend. Lake Fort Phantom Hill is still in the city limits, so fireworks are illegal there too.

Other than life jackets for everyone on board, staying alert for swimmers near the shore, and keeping a safe distance from other boats, recent rain has hidden some hazards that even the most experienced of boaters should watch out for.

"We have rocks probably fifty foot from the shore that are barely submerged and if anyone was water skiing  or driving their boat up in here, you would think you are in plenty of water and their ski or their boats would hit those rocks and its a real bad hazard," says Burnham.

The recent rain is of course welcomed, but has made some hazards nearly impossible to see until you are very close to them. Rocks, pipes, and trees can all cause serious damage to people and boats, and they used to be more visible. "Two weeks ago you could see those rocks sticking up probably four or five inches out of the water," says Burnham.

Patrol officers want to see you out here enjoying the lake but want to remind you, "You have to respect the water it is a powerful force and sometimes we don't get second chances out on the water," explains Monty Huddleston, City Marshal.

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