DNR offering free boat inspections

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

In Summerville, a courtesy safety inspection will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Jessen Boat Landing.

DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.

Area inspections include:

August 30

Bushy Park Salt, Cooper River, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Berkeley County.

Leeds Avenue Landing (County Farm), Ashley River, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Charleston County.

Paradise Island Boat Landing, Wando River, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Charleston County.

August 31

Herbert H. Jessen Landing, Ashley River, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dorchester County.

Remley’s Point Boat Landing, Wando River, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Charleston County.

Wapoo Cut Landing,South of Charleston Harbor on the Intracoastal Waterway, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Charleston County.

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