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Officials are urging boaters to become more aware of safety issues

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With the weather getting warmer, many people are preparing for boating season. Officials are urging locals to be more aware of safety issues.

In summer of 2011, Chris Miller drowned at Lake Minatare after becoming unconscious when he fell over the side of his boat, and hit his head on the propeller. Boating safety officer Scott Eveland says that the Games and Parks Commission is trying their best to keep drownings and other issues like this from happening again.

According to Eveland, the key to prevention is taking a safety course. Any motorized watercraft operator born after December 31st of 1985 is required to take a boating safety class.

"This is the warm time of year when people start to break their boats out," says Eveland. "We just want to remind people when they start out in the spring, they should go through their boat, inspect and make sure that they have all their required safety equipment and that it's in good condition. Life jackets are clean, ready to go and of course we encourage people to wear their life jackets at all times even if they're not required to wear them under law."

A boating safety course will be held at the HARMS Center at WNCC in Scottsbluff on April 22nd and 24th from 6-9 p. m.
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