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Officials stress safety on the water ahead of July 4th weekend

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 00:21:08-04

TULSA, Okla. — Officials are urging people to stay safe on the water no matter what lake they are going to this weekend.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers said they've already had 15 recreational fatalities in the Tulsa district this year, which is 15 too many.

They're stressing the importance of wearing a life jacket.

"Children 12 and under always need to wear a life jacket when the boat is underway," Park Ranger Matt Nolen said. "There also needs to be a life jacket for every person on the boat. Life jackets being bulky or hot is a small price to pay for an object that could save your life."

Nolen said 90% of drowning victims are not wearing a life jacket.

The corps will be out on boat patrols looking for any safety violations.

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