Weather Breaks into Memorial Day Festivities at the Ozarks
LAKE OZARK - The Lake of the Ozarks is usually a prime spot for friends and families on Memorial weekend, but the weather played a role in Monday's festivities.
Memorial Day started off as a nice day at the lake, but the combination of thunder, lightening and rain chased some people off the water in the mid-afternoon.
However, Stephen Lemens a U.S. Coast Guard captain and employee at Glencove Marina says weather wasn't the main reason why many boaters weren't on the lake today.
"It is also traveling day for everybody to go home. They've been here since Friday. We did really get lucky this year we had a nice Friday, Saturday and Sunday to boat and theres a lot of boat traffic out."
With boating season beginning, safety comes first.
"I think as a general consensus we are seeing more and more people get safer and safer as they are driving boats, because it is a little scary out there is a bunch of people and you are responsible for the people on the boat," said Lemens.
Lemens also talked about the importance of having a life jacket for everyone on board, and children younger than 6-years-old must wear the jacket at all times. He said having one other driver in the boat is a good idea too, incase you need some assistance getting back to the dock.
Lemens said the boaters safety class is now a requirement for drivers getting out on the water.