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Rangers urge boaters, those on water to be careful

Drownings become common during the summer time and people are reminded to be careful on open water.

Posted: Jun. 27, 2018 8:04 PM

YALOBUSHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Drownings become common during the summer time and people are reminded to be careful on open water.

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One such example is Enid Lake in Yalobusha County. A man's body was recovered from the lake in late May. Ultimately, the death of Ismael Ponce Alvarez, 42, was ruled accidential drowning.

Chris Hannaford, a park ranger at Enid Lake, says the number one problem he sees on the lake and in boat inspections are boats that do not have enough life jackets for passengers on board.

"Of course the north Mississippi lakes: Enid, Arkabutla, Sardis and Grenada - we all have a mandatory lifejacket requirement policy," he said.

If you do not have enough life jackets for everyone on the boat, this could result in a citation.

"We make sure they are on the vessel, for all the occupants," said Hannaford.

Hannaford says these type of checks occur on a weekly basis, with patrol boats watching the water on the weekends.

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