Increased Coast Guard presence for 'Operation Dry Water' this weekend

The U.S. Coast Guard will increase patrols during 'Operation Dry Water' this weekend.

The U.S. Cosat Guard is teaming up with maritime enforement agencies for 'Operation Dry Water'.

'Operation Dry Water' is an annual, nationwide campaign in which federal, state and local law enfrocement agencies educate boaters and raise awareness about the dangers of operating boats under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Boaters will see the increased presence of Coast Guard and law enforcement officials from June 28-30.

According to the Coast Guard, alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating accidents, injuries and deaths

Commander David Beck, chief of the Coast Guard 9th District Enforcement Branch says, "Boating while under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. When consuming alcohol on the water, the environmental influences of the sun, vibration, waves and dehydration can maginify the effects of alcohol. If you plan to consume alcohol, plan ahead and have a sober operator to return you home safely."

During patrols in the Great Lakes region, Coast Guard boarding teams have issued nearly 40 citations to boaters who were found operating vessels under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

The legal limit for operating a boat is 0.08 percent and 0.1 percent in Michigan waters.