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Agents patrolling on the busiest boating day

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MAUREPAS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they are on high alert as Memorial Day kicks off the start of boating season.

Despite the turbulent weather a number of people were out on the water in the Maurepas area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent in the area said this weekend is the busiest boating days of the season.

"I'm happy to report that we hadn't had any accidents this weekend, of course, today is a big day and you know we're going to be very vigilant," said Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent.

Agents did issue a number of citations this past weekend to vessels for not having the proper number of lifesaving devices on board. Lanoux said they have also made a number of DWI arrests.

"The biggest thing is making sure you have a life jacket for everyone on board," said Sgt. Lanoux. "If that boat goes down and you need it, it's going to be too late to look for it then."

Agents in the Maurepas area say they'll be patrolling till 9 p.m. with the help of other agencies like Ascension and Livingston Sheriff offices.


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