Stay safe on water

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 29, 2007

We are only one day into the official summer season and already two deaths have been reported on the Alabama Coast.

In addition, we’ve already had a tragic death of a teen on the Alabama River.

One of those who drowned on Alabama beaches was a 43-year-old man from Tennessee. The other was a 31-year-old man from Hartselle, Ala., according to the Associated Press.

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According to AP, red flags were flying at many locations along the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

However, a yellow flag was flying at the site where the Tennessee resident drowned.

A red flag alerts beach-goers to stay out of the water, while a yellow flag signifies dangerous conditions, such as rip currents.

Meanwhile, boaters were cautioned this past weekend to take precautions.

Alabama Marine Police encourage boaters to make sure they have the equipment they need to enjoy the water.

In addition, officers are on the lookout for those who are drinking alcohol and operating boats. They suggest those headed out for a day on the river designate a driver, just as you would when driving a car.

In addition, officers remind boaters that children are required to wear life jackets.

You can enjoy a safe summer season by making sure you follow the rules of the waterway while boating.

If you are headed to the beach, stay out of the water if the conditions are dangerous.