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No-wake zones will improve boater safety on May River May 18, 2018

Boaters on the May River need to be aware of two new no-wake zones put in place near the town of Bluffton, as coastal residents, visitors, law enforcement agencies and other first responders begin gearing up for another busy summer boating season. The Memorial Day holiday weekend typically kicks off the summer boating season with increased traffic along coastal waterways and on inland lakes in South Carolina, prompting the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and other agencies to step up boating patrols, particularly in known high-traffic areas.

On May 4, SCDNR Boating Safety staff placed buoys, markers and signage designating two new no-wake zones on the May River to mark no-wake zones around the town’s Oyster Factory Park Boat Landing and Calhoun Street public dock. The no-wake zones extend from the riverbank to create an approximately 75-yard buffer around the boat ramp, and an approximately 50-yard buffer around the public dock. Boats entering either of the no-wake zones must be at idle speed, defined as “the minimum speed to maintain steerage.” Boats passing through on this section of the river are advised to use the middle-to far side (the side opposite the dock and boat landing) of the river channel, while maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions and a keeping good lookout for other powered vessels, as well as swimmers and kayakers.

In all areas of the state, boaters should review the following safe-boating practices and recommendations before getting out on the water this year:

The markers in the image above represent the approximate boundaries of two new no wake zones approved for the May River in Beaufort County. SCDNR staff placed the buoys and signage for the new zones on May 4, 2018. Boater using the area should familiarize themselves with the new markers, take care to keep a good lookout when passing through the area and  manage their wakes responsibly. [Image courtesy Google Earth].

The markers in the image above represent the approximate boundaries of two new no wake zones approved for the May River in Beaufort County. SCDNR staff placed the buoys and signage for the new zones on May 4, 2018. Boater using the area should familiarize themselves with the new markers, take care to keep a good lookout when passing through the area and manage their wakes responsibly. [Image courtesy Google Earth].

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