Water Patrol says boats not properly equipped

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 | 4:06 p.m. CDT; updated 4:24 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 2, 2009

DONIPHAN — The Missouri State Water Patrol said more than half the boats it stopped this weekend on the Current River weren't properly equipped.

Officers checked nearly 50 boats on the river at Doniphan in southeast Missouri for registration, flotation devices, fire extinguishers and a horn or whistle to sound. About 30 weren't properly equipped with needed safety items.

Cpl. Terry Richardson told the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic that boats that try to turn away from a checkpoint are those the Water Patrol keeps a close eye on. The Patrol mainly issued warnings, but also arrested five people for boating while intoxicated.

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