Hitting the lake? Boat safety tips for summer

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 1:01 PM

PHOENIX  -- With temperatures soaring, heading to the lake is a great way to stay cool.

Lake Pleasant is a hot spot in the summer, with boaters showing up in droves to enjoy a day on the water.

But remember to play it safe out there. 

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies warn to never drink and then get behind the wheel of a boat. One boater tells us that she keeps the alcohol at home. "I don't like drinking and boating," she says. "It always worries me. You just know you've got to always be driving defensively. But it's a fun place to be and I wouldn't have it any other way. We come down every other weekend."

A few more tips? Have everyone on your boat wear a life vest. And be sure to stay off the bow.

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