Windy conditions create dangerous conditions on Lake Murray - - Columbia, South Carolina

Windy conditions create dangerous conditions on Lake Murray

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As the weather turns warmer, more boaters will be heading to the lake. On Friday, a lake wind advisory was issued throughout the day warning boaters of dangerous conditions on the lake.

Officials say a lake wind advisory is likely to be issued Saturday as well, which is one of the busier days on the lake. The Lexington County Sheriff's department say boating safety remains a top priority following the recent death of a boater on Lake Murray after his boat capsized on a breezy day. 

Now they are asking boaters to be more careful especially on days when the wind gusts up to 30 to 40 mph. 

Officials say all it takes is one windy day to turn a fun sport into a bad experience because the waves are high enough to sink a boat.

"Winds are usually anywhere from 10 to 30 MPH and it's not safe to be on the lake in a small boat that's why they call it a lake wind advisory, small craft advisory. Some of the boats that we run have high sides so they can handle the waves but get people out in a small jon boat and they can get swamped in no time," Marine deputy Troy Livingston with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. 

Marine deputies say it's a rough experience for those who own larger boats, but strong winds can be a deadly experience for those in a smaller
vessel like a Jon boat. 

"A Jon boat for instance, the sides are really shallow and you get out in waves like today like you saw, they can come over the sides or the nose at any time and usually small 14 to 16 foot jon boats do not have a bilge pump in them” said Livingston.

Since 2005, there have been 203 boating deaths in South Carolina. The U.S Coast Guard ranks South Carolina 7th in the nation for boating accidents. Deputy Livingston also recommends you always wear a life jacket and always tell someone you are going out in the water.

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