Sheriff wary of boating weekend

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt revealed his concerns for boating safety earlier this week.
Specifically, DeWitt is focused on the annual “Coonfest Party” on Raccoon Island at Bonneau Beach. The Sheriff said his deputies will be out on the water this weekend in full force.
A record crowd is expected at the annual event.
According to a BCSO release, deputies will be checking boats for required safety equipment, underage drinking and boating under the Influence.
The noise ordinance at the Pinopolis Locks will be enforced. 
Last year several arrests were made and citations issued, most alcohol related.
DeWitt said the BCSO will be working with DNR, Santee Cooper Law Enforcement, Berkeley County Rescue Squad and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to make the lake enjoyable and safe.
DeWitt warned boaters to expect stronger than normal currents in the Diversion Canal and Cooper River due to the recent amount of rainfall. Have a plan, DeWitt said. The weather on the lakes can change rapidly.

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