CORNELIUS, NC (FOX 46) - While you are enjoying the water, Cornelius Police Lake Patrol is out and about keeping you safe.
"It's very dangerous, the more people that understand that. You know this lake has proven itself deadly. Year after year and folks need to keep that in mind when they are out here having fun” Sgt. George Brinzey said.
During the Independence holiday, Lake Patrol is responding to multiple calls.
"We are just busy with the amount of boaters out and just the frequency of boaters coming and going. Things happen more frequently," Sgt. Brinzey said.
Happening so quickly you won’ t have time to reach for that life vest but it's not the only thing police are enforcing on the water.
"There are so many different safety protocols that are not being followed. From operating too closely, not giving the right of way to another boater, we see a lot of wake violation but what is more important to us is that everybody is safe,” Sgt. Brinzey said.
One thing boaters should do is flag police down if there is any debris in the water that could harm others.
For Lake Patron, One of the hardest things they are task with is finding boaters in need. Cornelius Police ask that you have some sort of knowledge on navigating the lake or be aware of your surroundings, so if there is a problem, they can get to you quickly.
"Lake Norman is a great place and folks have enjoyed it for many years. Unfortunately, there have been circumstances where people have lost their lives and hurt and injured themselves and all they intended to do was have a good time. We just urge to keep this as a huge responsibility. Safety is a responsibility," Sgt. Brinzey said.