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Boaters Beware: Recent Rains Cause Hazards On Area Lakes

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Boaters are being cautioned to beware of hazards on area lakes following recent heavy rains Boaters are being cautioned to beware of hazards on area lakes following recent heavy rains
Oconee County, SC -

The sun is finally shining, over Lake Keowee, and boaters like Jon Wiener are ready to hit the lake.

"It's clean very clean, good water, a lot of coves to anchor in swim off the boat its great," Wiener said.

But underneath this lake are hidden dangers, left behind from the heavy rain.

"The water level has actually risen above the buoys so now you have hidden shoals and no buoys that are marking it and the buoys become hazards as well," Corporal Jay Freeman with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said.

Out on Lake Keowee Freeman showed us one the buoys that was marking shallow water, has been knocked out of place.

"it's obviously not marking where it should be," Freeman said.

On top of hazard buoys out of place, you can see trees have fallen into the lake

"You're going to do several thousands of dollars worth of damage if not throw someone out of the boat," Freeman said.

So what should you do if you're out on the lake?

"Reducing your speed , and keeping a proper lookout and when in doubt go around, is about the best advice we can give," Freeman said.

That means if you see debris or the water looks shallow, don't chance it just take the few minutes to go around. Boater Jon Wiener says it's all about taking safety precautions before stepping on the boat.

"We make sure everyone has a life jacket make sure everything is on board a fire extinguisher," Wiener said.

By law you are required to have a life vest on board your boat for every passenger, as well as a fire extinguisher, a working horn and navigation lights.

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