Patrolling The River

By: Jeff Sabni Email
By: Jeff Sabni Email

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department had deputies on the Missouri River Thursday to make sure boaters remain safe on the water.

"We're going out on the river just to be a visible presence," said Dep. Jared Langemeier. "We're not necessarily out here on the river to write tickets or keep anybody from having fun."

But they do want people to be responsible. They were checking to see that all boats have enough life jackets, bailing buckets and paddles in case of an emergency. And of course they always have their eyes open for drunk boaters.

All boats are required by law to have enough life jackets for everyone on board. But only kids under the age of 13 are required to wear them at all times.

Mike Prine of Valley likes to bring his family and friends to the Missouri River when ever he can.

"We enjoy getting on the river as opposed to being on a lake where you just go in circles," Prine said. "I like to see different things. A lot of our friends go on the river."

Prine knows it's his responsibility to bring everybody back to shore safely.

"You're always watching for the rocks on the side, which side to be on. The shallow side. And there's a deep side. And then you're watching for buoys and logs also," Prine said.

He says he always bring more than enough life jackets for everyone on board.


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