Operation Dry Water keeps an eye on boaters

Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County River Patrol talks with a paddler on the Willamette River, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County River Patrol talks with a paddler on the Willamette River, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As the weather heats up, more people take to the water for boating and recreational activities. But officials on river patrol keep an eye on boaters to make sure the rules of the water are followed.

Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County River Patrol, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County River Patrol, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The legal alcohol limit for driving a car and driving a boat is the same — .08. River patrol officers said conditions on the water mean a person can become intoxicated more quickly.

The Multnomah County River Patrol and the US Coast Guard were on the Willamette River Saturday

A member of the Multnomah County River Patrol holds a citation pad while working on the Willamette River, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A member of the Multnomah County River Patrol holds a citation pad while working on the Willamette River, June 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

keeping a watchful eye on everyone in what is called Operation Dry Water.

“All these people just moving around in the area, they seem to be having a great time,” said Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County. “We’re out here, our mere presence and eduation and to insure the fact that people are boating safe, boating sober.”

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