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Officers: Operation Dry Water a Success

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 This weekend multiple agencies across the country, including the Action 2 News viewing area, took part in Operation Dry Water, a campaign emphasizing the importance of safe boating.     

"We've been increasing our patrols with both state and local authorities to ensure compliance and safety on the waters," said Petty Officer Jeremy Bousman, U.S. Coast Guard.


The campaign comes just days before the Fourth of July holiday.


"It's the beginning of the busy season right now," said Sgt. Rick Kurth, Brown County Sheriff's Department.


Officers said the campaign was successful.


"We have been out doing some enforcement and some safety checks," Bousman said. "So far everybody's been in pretty good compliance."


Crews are patrolling in highly populated areas to make their presence known.


"We try to target those areas and fly the flag and make sure people know that we will take action," Kurth said.


Last year, alcohol caused 17 percent of boating deaths.


"Your coordination, your balance, your reaction to time, speed, and the weather--all that kin
d of slows down as your impaired with your consumption of alcohol," said Bousman.


"You have to be aware of everything going all directions around you, you have to be aware of boats approaching from all directions. You're not on a guided roadway with lines," Kurth said.

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