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Open letter from the Mayor on boat safety during the holiday


July 3. As we approach Independence Day, we urge all recreational boaters to prioritize safety and ensure everyone gets back to the dock safely. This recreational season, we have already witnessed numerous injuries due to a lack of boating safety awareness. The holiday weekend brings fun and excitement for family and friends, but with it comes a significant responsibility for everyone enjoying the water.

Lake Norman attracts many visitors, especially during this holiday period starting Thursday and ending Sunday. The increased number of people on the water elevates the risk of unexpected incidents.

Mayor Washam

Therefore, we urge boaters to take extra precautions and “know before you go.” A valuable safety resource, specific to Lake Norman, is available at https://lnmc.org/love-where-you-lake/.

There has been significant momentum toward improving boating safety on Lake Norman, with many stakeholders working diligently to effect change on the water. A key initiative in this effort is the Joshua Murray Boating Safety and Awareness Initiative at Blythe Landing, which focuses on enhancing boater safety and education.

National boating safety statistics underscore the importance of these efforts:

1. Drowning was the cause of death in 79% of all boating fatalities, with 86% of those victims not wearing a life jacket.

2. Historically there are about 5,200 boating accidents that resulted in 770 deaths, 3,100 injuries, and approximately $62.5 million in property damage.

We urge you to make safety a priority this 4th of July and hope you all have a fun and exciting holiday weekend with family and friends. Let’s work together to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on Lake Norman.

Cornelius Police Chief David R. Baucom

Advice from the Police Chief

Our Police Chief, David Baucom, wants everyone to know: ”Lake Norman is a beautiful amenity to the many residents and visitors who will enjoy it over the holiday weekend. The Cornelius Police Department and our Lake Patrol Division urge everyone to put safety first as they enjoy their time on the water. Wear your personal flotation device and always be aware of your surroundings. Our Lake Patrol Officers will be on duty and prepared to do our part to keep everyone safe.”

From the Mayor’s Office, we want everyone to stay safe. Wishing you happy boating over the July 4th weekend and throughout the year.

+Washam is in his fourth term as Mayor of Cornelius


3 Responses to “Open letter from the Mayor on boat safety during the holiday”

  1. Wow. Great advice.

    Posted by Mike | July 3, 2024, 7:05 pm
  2. Life jackets should be mandatory while in the lake from a boat. Years ago one person drowned from entering the lake via the park. The town made a decision to not let people enter the lake through the park. They put up signs everywhere to prohibit lake access from Jetton Park. But, every summer 3 to 4 young males drown from entering the lake from a boat. Don’t you think it’s time for some restrictions for boat owners too? I think mandating life jackets at all times when entering the lake from a watercraft would be in order.

    Posted by Deanna | July 5, 2024, 8:00 am
  3. Mandating life jackets, check
    More restrictions, check
    More laws, check

    Posted by Mike | July 5, 2024, 11:20 am

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