CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Coast Guard along with local agencies will be patrolling areas throughout Charleston Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents.
Crews with the Coast Guard, the North Charleston Police Department and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be patrolling areas throughout Charleston between Friday and Sunday in support of Operation Dry Water.
"The purpose of Operation Dry Water is to significantly reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents, injuries and deaths among recreational boaters through education, detection and enforcement," stated a press release by the Coast Guard."Operation Dry Water is an annual campaign, taking place throughout the United States and its territories."
In addition to South Carolina, Coast Guardsmen in Georgia and Florida will be participating in the operation, patrolling throughout their respective states.
"The purpose is not to keep people from participating in boating activities," said Lt. Jeffrey Prebeck, the command duty officer at the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center. "Our primary concern at all times is safety. We advise boaters to operate their vessels with caution."