DNR holds courtesy boating inspections for 4th weekend

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In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.

Also note, the South Carolina General Assembly has designated July 4th as Free Fishing Day. All South Carolina residents may fish free in freshwater on July 4 without a recreational license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits and gear restrictions remain in place

Here are the places and times that the inspections will be held locally:

Friday, July 4

• Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island): Battery Creek, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, July 6

• Lemon Island Landing (Edgar Glenn): Chechessee River, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, July 19

• Sands Landing (Port Royal): Port Royal Sound, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.