Deputies trying to lower number of alcohol-related boating deaths in Ottawa Co.

Posted at 6:51 AM, Jun 29, 2019

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, The Barry County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Coast Guard to bring awareness to boater safety.

In honor of National Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, deputies will be working to educate boaters from July 5th to July 7th. Their goal is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related deaths and accidents by teaching safe boating practices. In addition, Law enforcement will have an increased presence on the waters in order to deter boaters from operating under the influence.

Operation Dry Water is a campaign that is active year-round. The Marine Unit would like to remind everyone to always operate sober and to wear a life jacket out on the water.

For more information on Operation Dry Water visit