July 4, 2007
Hundreds of boaters were out on Lake Anna enjoying the water this Fourth of July as Louisa County authorities began patrolling the lake for the first time.
“There's a lot of boaters out here so you got to make sure you're not going to run into anybody,” said Boater Scott Harvey.
“Some people get wild on the jet skies and there’s a lot of boats out here; you got to be careful,” said Jet Skier Cody Iden.
Along with being careful the hundreds of boaters on the lake also have to follow the laws. Authorities in Louisa County now enforcing those laws working with the Coast Guard making sure everyone is having fun while staying safe.
“The goal for everybody is to have an accident free summer and a fatality free summer so hopefully we be able to contribute to that,” said Major Donald Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Dept.
Louisa County deputies have begun patrolling the lake stopping jet skiers without life jackets, boaters driving recklessly, boaters driving under the influence and anyone breaking the laws of the water.
“Most of the deaths on the water is a result of people not wearing their life jackets, so getting people to wear them is critical,” said Ginger Ellis of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
This new program is made possible as the sheriffs department recently acquired three jet skis, one of them donated by the owners of the Anna Point Marina.
“That's why we've done what we have done with the sheriffs department for times like this when you have a big mix of boats and people,” said Al Gajarsky, Anna Point Marina co-owner.
Another reason why the enforcement is necessary is to ensure no one enters the water surrounding the Lake Anna Power Plant.
Louisa authorities said right now they are issuing more warnings than tickets as they get their program off the ground, but by next year, their water fleet will include a boat and stronger enforcement.