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Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns
Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns

The Lake Mead area will be full of people as they flock there for the Labor Day weekend.

The National Park Service estimates 200,000 visitors will use the lake and surrounding campgrounds over the next three days. Park rangers will be out in force to make sure everyone is safe. 

So far, this year, six people have drowned at the lake. The park service says everyone should wear a life vest when they get into the water even if they’re swimming near the shore.

“For swimmers on the beach, we always recommend wearing a life jacket. A majority of our drownings happened from swimmers on the beach,” said Andrew Munoz with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

He says many people get into trouble when they become overly confident while swimming. Munoz says people don’t realize how tired they are and end up drowning.

The park service will also ticket boats without the proper equipment.

“For boaters, you have to have a lifejacket onboard for every single person. Children 12 and under have to be wearing that life jacket at all times,” Munoz added.

Boaters should also remember that it is against the law to drink and operate a boat. Someone caught drinking and driving a boat will get a ticket and could be sent to jail. 


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