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      Lake officials prepare for 4th of July boaters

      Officer Ray Jagger has been on duty at Lake Forest all summer and he says boat safety tops his list of concern.

      Lake officials are preparing for yet another Independence Day at Forest Lake in Thousand Hills State Park outside Kirksville.

      ??I think we're going to have a good time... like I??ve said before, people love ice cream and we've got a whole lot of flavors,?? said lake patrolman, Officer Ray Jagger.

      With over 900 people attending the park each ??4th of July,?? this is the busiest time of the year and the most active for patrolmen.

      ??As far as a safety hazard on the water, tubing is it. Tubing is a lot of fun but it's also really dangerous,?? said Jagger.

      Officer Ray Jagger has been on duty at Lake Forest all summer and he says boat safety tops his list of concern.

      ??We found out with the Titanic that everybody needs a life jacket so be sure that you've got a life jacket in the boat. Drowning is a major cause of death,?? said Jagger.

      According to the Center for Disease Control, unintentional drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. with ten people losing their lives this way every day.

      Lake patrol recommends keeping life jackets handy while boating. Those under 14 years are required by law to wear a life jacket while on board.

      It is also recommended to keep extra lighting handy for night travels.

      ??So far on these lakes, we've been very lucky. Everybody??s tried to play nice and be safe and I??m glad of that,?? said Jagger.

      A few other things to keep in mind if you are planning to bring your families out to the lake:

      1. There are no fireworks allowed inside of the state park.
      2. No drinking while boating. DWB is a class B misdemeanor.