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A wave of warnings: HCSO takes NewsChannel 9 on patrol boat to talk about water safety

A wave of warnings: HCSO takes NewsChannel 9 on patrol boat to talk about water safety

Summertime may be the perfect time to get in and on the water.

But boating also comes with responsibility.

Statistics from the National Safe Boating Campaign show hundreds of people die each year from drowning. Many of those are due to boating-related accidents.

On Friday, the Hamilton County Sheriff's department took NewsChannel 9 out on the lake to talk about ways to keep you and your family protected.

While on the lake, the HCSO preformed a safety stop on Zac Bombassi riding his Seadoo.

Bombassi says he takes his safety seriously after knowing a couple people who made fatal mistakes in the water.

The high speeds of the Seadoo are what makes it fun, but that's also what makes it dangerous.

"It hurt a little bit going 50 mph and then smacking the water doesn't feel too good but it wasn't scary I had my life jacket on so I was good to go" Bombassi said.

According to the National Safe Boating Campaign, nearly 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents.

That's why deputies use their two boats to keep an eye on people out here.

Today wasn't just about boating safety though.

Nicole Howard is a mother who says her kids do a lot of swimming in the summer.

The sheriff's department talked to her kids about ways to be safe in and on the water all summer long.

The sheriff's department says their boats will also be used to monitor the swimming portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 happening downtown over the weekend.

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