IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) - The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of the summer season, which means boating and water activities.
According to Lt. Ricky Barry of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, alcohol is the number one cause of boating accidents, and that drinking and boating, just like driving, do not mix.
He urges boaters to use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Barry said the state department has a new vessel that will be out and about on Pickwick Lake, which is usually a popular destination.
There will be officers all across Mississippi's waterways.