Patrol units prepare for busy weekend of safety inspections on Lake Norman

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As another hot weekend awaits, many folks are preparing to spend a few nice days on the water.

The Cornelius Police Department’s Lake Patrol Unit is bracing for the swell of people by gearing up for a day of reminding folks how to boat safe on Lake Norman.

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They won’t be alone. Deputies from Iredell and Lincoln County will also be on the water. They say be prepared to see blue flashing lights.

“We’re gonna stop everybody and do your safety inspection, but it’s truly to help people,” said Sgt. Matthew Figaro with CPD.

Boats are checked for proper equipment including a working fire extinguisher, an airhorn and a life jacket for everyone on board.

The patrol comes well into the summer, but Figaro said its a good time to remind folks to stay safe and end the summer well.

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The Lake Norman Marine Commission -- a group that helps set safety rules on the lake -- launched a campaign to outline the dangers of Lake Norman called ‘Love Where You Lake.’

“Every year we lose people on lake Norman, and it’s really tragic, because it’s something that’s so easily preventable,” said Morris Sample, executive director of the commission

>>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura previews the full safety efforts planned for Lake Norman on Saturday.

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