Lake Norman Boat Accident Training Scenario on May 9
A training scenario will be held May 9 on Lake Norman at channel marker 15A beginning 8 a.m. Boaters will be asked to maintain a no wake speed and keep a safe distance while near this area.
The scenario will involve a simulated fire on a large cruise vessel, with training exercises in rescue from water, rescue from vessel, extinguishing a boat fire, and search and recovery efforts. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadron will secure the area and notify recreational boaters.
A command post will be established at Hager’s Creek boating access area. Upon completion of the scenario, the Denver Fire Department’s planning section will draft an action plan for large vessel accident contingencies. A media briefing will be held May 8 at Queen’s Landing boat rental, beginning at 2 p.m. to outline training plans and safety goals.
Agencies involved in training exercises include N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Iredell County Sheriff’s Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Cornelius Police Department, Mooresville Police Department, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Iredell County and Lincoln County Emergency Management, as well as Lake Norman, Shepherds, Denver and Sherrill’s Ford fire departments.
For more information, call Wildlife Officer Sgt. Ron Robertson at 704-775-5757.
Duke Energy is moving a high volume of water down the Catawba River and through lakes to make room for additional forecasted rainfall. People should be alert to rapidly rising water levels and swift and unusual currents. Excessive floating debris caused by high water levels is creating hazardous boating conditions all along the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
The water immediately above and beneath dams spilling water is especially treacherous. Duke Energy reminds the public to heed warning signs posted near dangerous areas and avoid boating and swimming in these areas. Stay alert to rising water near dams.
As always, The public can check real-time lake levels and special updates 24 hours a day at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
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