LPSO Marine Divison beefs up patrols for holiday weekend

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POSTED: Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:48pm

The waterways in Livingston Parish are packed with boaters, and people partying for the holiday weekend. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office's Marine Division is on the waters too making sure people stay safe. They also do boat safety checks to make sure you have all the right safety gear on board.

"You've got to have the number of life jackets as the amount of people you have on the boat," Corporal Ronnie Sharp, with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, said.

LPSO also partners with other agencies like the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries during busy weekends to patrol the waterways.

Sometime crews even have to tow a stranded boater back to shore.

LPSO deputies also there to help if someone falls in the water or gets hurt.

"We'll get them. We go in the water actually with if we got to have rescue swimmers divers whatever we need to get in there to rescue them," Sharp said. "We'll take care of them. "

Sharp said the summer crowds keep growing.

"Seems like the hotter it gets the more boat traffic we have," He said.

LPSO deputies will be on hand all summer to make patrol and and protect those having fun on the water.

"We're just trying to protect them trying to stay safe. If they have all their equipment, and they're acting good, than they don't have to worry about us," Sharp said.

LPSO Marine Division deputies are "on call" 24-7 to help out with any trouble on the water.

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