The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eighth District, will be performing boat safety inspections and staffing a water safety booth at the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in Norco Sunday, according to a news release.
The corps has important water safety tips when boating or swimming at the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway:
• Wear a life jacket. Spillway rules require everyone to wear a life vest regardless of age and boat length. Loaner jackets are available at several locations around the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway.
• Alcohol and water do not mix. More than half of all drowning deaths are related to alcohol consumption.
• Watch your children. It only takes a child an average of 20 seconds to drown. Be a “water watcher” and designate someone to always watch children or any person with special needs while on or around the water.
• Know your limits. Do not jump off objects or swim farther than you should. Recognize your limitations and stay within them.
Providing water safety and safe recreational environments are key missions of the corps. For more information, go to the New Orleans District’s Recreation website, http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation, and click on the water safety information link.