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Carolina beach police tackling labor day by sea

Thousands of people flock our beaches for Labor Day Weekend. (Source: WECT) Thousands of people flock our beaches for Labor Day Weekend. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest holidays for our beach communities. Thousands of tourist flock to our beaches and waterways for one last dip in the water. 

The Carolina Beach Marine Unit has taken the increase of tourist seriously by patrolling our waterways to ensure everyone stays safe.

"This weekend we are going to focus more on boater safety," said sergeant Ward, of the Carolina Beach Police Department.

In 2013, North Carolina had over 140 boating accidents which lead to 17 fatalities. sergeant Ward and his crew are stopping boats one-by-one to make sure boaters are safe before an accident happens.

"We are making sure they have the proper safety equipment," he explained. "Life vests for every passenger, fire extinguisher, whistle or a horn, flares, etc."

Boaters are not the only water-goers Wards is looking out for.

"We are going to be having a lot of jet skis and wave runners in the inlet," Ward said. "We are going to be on the look out for any careless operation."

With the Marine Units mobile access they can now keep a closer eye on the always popular Freeman Park.

"From the water way we can see vehicles that are traveling at a high rate of speed, we can see if someone is drinking out of a glass, and if dogs are off a leash" listed Ward. "Some of the major violations we see at the park on a daily basis."

So before you grab your paddleboard, hop on a boat, or hit the beach know officers will have one eye on the waterway and the other on you.

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