Cruise carefully: FWC patrols the water looking for violators
FWC Weekend BoatingPhoto: Video by fox4now.com
NAPLES, Fla.- A warning to boaters this holiday weekend. Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers will be out for Memorial Day weekend and are looking for law breakers.
Lt. Marc Shea with Florida Fish and Wildlife knows not everyone plays by the rules.
"Most common violations are speed violations, manatee zone violations and idle speed zone violations," said Lt. Shea.
Fox 4 tagged along with FWC on Thursday as officers patrolled the water. It didn't take long for them to pull someone over. A boat with no registration displayed grabs an officer's attention.
"Today, we gave him a citation for the life jackets and warned him on the rest since it was a brand new boat," said Officer Christine Smith, FWC.
The family got a $90 dollar ticket for having 4 people on board and only 2 life jackets.
"So far we've had 11 deaths in the state of Florida as a result of boating accidents. The great majority of those people die not as a result of the collision, but as a result of drowning," said Officer Jorge Pino, FWC.
Last year, there were 2 dozen boating accidents in Collier County resulting in multiple injuries and one death. In Lee County the number climbs to 28 accidents.
National Safe Boating week runs from May 18-May 24. Each year, FWC officers rescue around 1,000 people, many of them on the water.