Corps of Engineers urges water safety near locks and dams

Corps of Engineers urges water safety near locks and dams


Hi guys. Brian Sipos, with the Army Corps of Engineers here to spend a few minutes to talk to you about water safety. I think
the top three things when referencing water safety around locks and dams is
that we have restricted areas marked around the locks and dams. Those
restricted areas are generally marked with white restriction buoys with a
diamond cross symbol marked on them. They’re generally located 600 feet above
a dam and 150 feet below a dam. These restriction areas are put there for your safety. As water flows through the dam, whether it be under the gate or over
the gate, it can create a dangerous area on the downstream side of the dam. This
area is a boil which consists of dangerous under currents and eddys
that if a boater were to get in there can be a very dangerous situation for
them. I think the second most important thing when boating on the river or around a lock and dam, specifically, is to make sure you’re wearing your
life jacket. So number one, stay out of restricted areas. Number two, make sure
your life jackets on. You never know when you’re gonna need that life jacket. At
any time an emergency could pop up where it puts you in a dangerous
situation and you won’t have time to search for your life jacket. The other
thing that’s kind of important to know where it’s at in your boat at all times
is your anchor and if you get in a dangerous situation where you’ve locked
through our lock and you’re exiting going northbound and you happen to have
an engine failure of any kind, the first thing we’re gonna ask you to do is drop
your anchor. What that does is it buys you and me more time and you know lastly I just want to mention that you know these restriction areas you put here for
your safety. Yes we are trained at the locks and dams to launch boats and come and rescue you, but at the end of the day, we like to go home to our families as
well. So by you getting in a dangerous situation puts us in a dangerous
situation. On behalf of myself and the entire St. Paul District, we wish you an enjoyable and safe boating season.

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