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Make Sure You Are Ready for Lake Season

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The deadly boat crash on Grand Lake earlier this week serves as a reminder for anyone headed to the lake should remember to go over their safety plans.

Your boat may have been covered up for several months during cold weather, so you'll need to check everything on it. Some boaters on Keystone Lake have already found out they aren't ready for boating season.

"I came out my water line was broke. I had to fix it and several, this and that, you have to come out to get lake ready," says Wes Wilkinson.

Wilkinson have been coming from Oklahoma City for the past seven years. Wilkinson and his wife spend every weekend here on their house boat and have seen it all.

"People have driven their boats, their cars, trucks in the water, they have missed the peninsula drove up across on land," says Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says there is one thing people do wrong all the time.

"It's just not going slow enough speed. You have to go slow. You have to be sure you know what you are doing," Wilkinson says.

In fact, The Army Corp of Engineers and the Oklahoma Highway Lake Patrol take the slow zones very seriously.

"Follow those buoy signs, if it's a swimming area don't take your boat in there. No wake zones, we really watch that cause those areas are designated for no play," says Park Ranger, Abby Gaydusek.

Boaters need to make sure they have all the safety equipment on board, such as air horns, life jackets, and fire extinguishers. If you are under the age of 12, the life jacket has to be on and they say there is no excuse for not wearing your life jacket if you're an adult.

"We all get tan lines sometimes. We wear this all summer, you can't worry about your tan lines. Is it your tan lines or your life, you have to choose," says Gaydusek.

Another problem is people swimming along the shore line and thinking they should drink while swimming. Experienced boaters say you should never drink and operate the boat.

"They don't mix. You can't do both of them and they don't think driving on the water is the same as driving an automobile, you get a ticket, it's the same on your license," says Wilkinson.

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