Memorial Day weekend draws high boating traffic to Barren River Lake

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BARREN RIVER LAKE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Boat, water and sunshine. The perfect recipe for Memorial Day weekend.

"We've been doing Barren River Lake for a long time," said Glasgow resident, Michael Gill.

But before you head out on the lake this weekend, there's some things to remember.

"This is kind of our official kick off to summer," said park ranger Dan Taylor with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

"Don't be drinking and boating," expressed Kevin Poynter with Barren County Rescue Squad/Dive Team. "The big safety thing is make sure you have your flotation device on."

"When a life jacket's worn nobody mourns," said Anita May with Barren County Rescue Squad/Dive Team.

That's the motto from our local emergency personnel.

"I've never met anybody that could swim unconscious," said Poynter.

"I've never recovered a body here yet that had a life vest on," said Taylor. "It takes less than 20 seconds for a child to drown and less than a minute for an adult, so that life jacket is really your best friend out there on the water."

With the expected high traffic on the water, Barren River Rescue Squad/Dive Team and the Corps of Engineers, along with other agencies, ensure that keeping people safe on the water is their top priority this weekend, and into the summer.

"If you're going to be on the water, you need to go ahead and check your safety equipment, you need to have a working fire extinguisher, a working sounding device that can be an air horn, a horn on the boat or a whistle, a properly sized life jacket for each person on board and then you need to have a tight four throw-able which is the square cushion with handles," explained Taylor.

All of the people keeping up safe and helping us during emergencies want everyone to enjoy their weekend.

"That's what we want -- just everyone to be safe," said May.

Another important requirement -- when pulling anybody on skis, a tub, wake board, etc., be sure to either use a mirror or have a spotter on that boat.

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