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DNR Urges Water Safety This Holiday Weekend

Last updated on Saturday, August 31, 2013

(UNDATED) - Labor Day weekend typically marks the end to the summer boating season for most Hoosiers.

Indiana Conservation Officers are encouraging boaters to continue to be mindful of safe boating techniques during the final days of summer and for hunters to revisit their safety plans.

Indiana Boating Law Administrator Lt. Kenton Turner says the best way to be safe while boating is to wear your lifejacket.

He says drownings in Indiana are down from 44 in 2012 to 38 so far this year.

Turner adds to avoid drinking alcohol while operating a boat on Indiana waterways. State Conservation Officers have made 92 boating while intoxicated arrests in 2013.

Turner says that number is also down compared to 160 arrests made last year.

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