Youâ€™re on the lake boating when all of a sudden, a member of the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office pulls up next to you.
The reason thatâ€™s happening is because the Sheriffâ€™s Office has been loaned the use of personal watercraft to assist on Lake Norman, courtesy of Westport Marina, N.C. 16 in Denver.
Two Yamaha jet skis are made available through the Yamaha PWC (Personal WaterCraft) Law Loan Program.
According to Charlie District Lt. Howard Eason, the personal water craft will be used to get into narrow coves to investigate â€œno wakeâ€ violations and make it easier for law enforcement to approach boaters.
â€œThe lake patrol tries to utilize the wave runners on peak weekends, holidays and special events like the â€˜Batmobile,â€™â€ said Eason.
The â€œBatmobileâ€ is a recreational vehicle turned into a DWI test center, to see if suspected boaters are operating watercraft while impaired. The legal limit is .08.
Lincoln County has one full-time lake patrol officer, who is assisted by several other officers, at peak times covering the countyâ€™s 72 miles of shoreline.
Larry Seagle is the public information officer for the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office. He is also news director of newspartner WLON-AM in Lincolnton.
by Special to the LTN