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LMPD’s River Patrol reinforces safety in wake of recent boating tragedy

September 8, 2019


TRE: ALL CREWS ABOARD, AS LMPD’S
RIVER PATROL GEARS UP.>>GOT A 38-MILE RIVER WE
PATROL. TRE: FOR A LONG NIGHT, ON THE
OHIO RIVER.>>TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO GET
LOCKED DOWN AND HEAD DOWN SOUTH. TRE: FOR THOSE WHO DON’T DON A
POLICE BADGE, SIMPLY SOAKING IN
THE FUN ON THE WATER
>>COULD BE DANGEROUS IN A BLI
OF AN EYE. TRE: SAFETY AND
AWARENESS ARE A MUST>>EDUCATE THEM. THAT’S OUR BIG THING, EDUCATING
THEM
LETTING THEM KNOW IT IS
RESTRICTED AND NEXT TIME WE SEE
THEM DOWN HERE, WE WILL GIVE
THEM A TICKET. TRE: NO MATTER HOW BEAUTIFUL THE
RIVER MIGHT SEEM, IT’S SPOTS
LIKE THIS, AT THE LOCK AND DAM,
A PROHIBITED AREA,
>>YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED BELOW THE
SECOND STREET BRIDGE TRE: THAT COULD QUICKLY TURN
THINGS UGLY.>>YOU GET DOWN BELOW THE BRIDGE
AND YOU LOSE YOUR ENGINE
IT’S CONSTANTLY TAKING YOU
TOWARDS THE DAM. TRE: AND THAT’S WHAT INDIANA
STATE AUTHORITIES SAY HAPPENED
TO DONNIE WATSON’S BOAT, WHEN IT
CAPSIZED AFTER STRIKING THE DAM
ON MONDAY, LEAVING HIM MISSING
IT SPARKED A TWO DAY LONG SEARCH BEFORE HIS FRIENDS FOUND HIS
BODY DOWNSTREA
>>YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING
TO HAPPEN OUT HERE. YOU CAN TELL IT’S PRETTY
TURBULENT WATER. TRE: IT’S THAT
UNCERTAINTY, NO MATTER IF THEIR
BOATS ARE DOCKED, THAT KEEPS
RIVER OFFICERS ON PATROL, EVERY
DAY OF THE YEA>>I RECOMMEND EVERYBODY ON
BOARD. THEY HAVE THEIR LIFE JACKETS ON. EVEN IF YOU’RE ABOVE THE AGE O
12, HAVE YOUR LIFE

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