Department of Wildlife and Fisheries helps keep boaters safe for - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries helps keep boaters safe for national "Safe Boating Week"

Lt. Beau Robertson (left) and Sgt. Stuart Guillory (right) with LWDF patrolling near Prien Lake Park (Source: Monica Grimaldo/KPLC) Lt. Beau Robertson (left) and Sgt. Stuart Guillory (right) with LWDF patrolling near Prien Lake Park (Source: Monica Grimaldo/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Summer is right around the corner which means Southwest Louisiana boaters are hitting the waters but that also means the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be out there with them in full force to make sure boaters are safe as Louisiana participates in National Safe Boating week.

"We'll be out on the waterways, patrolling, making sure everybody has their safety equipment that's required on a boat," said Lt. Beau Robertson, who says agents will be monitoring the waters in up to 12 hour shifts. "We just want to have an officer presence so that hopefully everybody will have a safe, fun and enjoyable weekend."

National Safe Boating Week is set to begin May 17th and last until the 23rd. As the loading docks fill up and more boats head out to water, so will kayakers, which LDWF says are becoming more popular especially in the summer time.

To avoid accidents involving kayaks or canoes, agents are warning boaters to keep an eye out.

"It's not powered by a motor, it's just people going out and paddling around and it's very dangerous in areas with high boating activity," said Sgt. Stuart Guillory. "Kayaks and canoes don't have any power behind them to move them out of another boat coming in that area."

LDWF warns kayakers to always wear a life jacket before hitting the waters.

"When a boat comes in your area and you fall out in the water, you're probably not going to have time to put on that life jacket," said Guillory.

LWDF also offers a boating education program, which was initiated in 2003 and has certified over 50,000 boaters during that time.

LDWF also says anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984, must complete an approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Law enforcement talk about recent school threats

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:32 PM EST2018-02-21 03:32:42 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Tension across Louisiana with a number of school threats reported in the wake of the Florida school shooting.  That includes DeRidder where the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office confirms it detained a juvenile Monday over threats against DeRidder High School.  In Jeff Davis Parish, police searched Welsh High School Tuesday after reports of a gun on campus. No gun was found.  In Oakdale, a middle school student was taken into custody for allegedly making, and threats...More >>
    Tension across Louisiana with a number of school threats reported in the wake of the Florida school shooting.  That includes DeRidder where the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office confirms it detained a juvenile Monday over threats against DeRidder High School.  In Jeff Davis Parish, police searched Welsh High School Tuesday after reports of a gun on campus. No gun was found.  In Oakdale, a middle school student was taken into custody for allegedly making, and threats...More >>
  • Daniel Kight found guilty of second degree murder

    Daniel Kight found guilty of second degree murder

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:26 PM EST2018-02-21 01:26:22 GMT
    Daniel Kight. (Source: Vinton Police Department)Daniel Kight. (Source: Vinton Police Department)

    Daniel Kight was found guilty of second degree murder today during his murder trial.  Kight pleaded not guilty due to reason of insanity after gruesomely murdering David Scasino. Prosecutors say Scasino was stabbed at least fifty times and his body was mutilated. After Kight visited a state appointed a psychologist, Judge Robert Wyatt had to base the decision on whether Kight knew right from wrong at the time of the offense.  Kight's sentencing is set at 1:30 p.m. on

    More >>

    Daniel Kight was found guilty of second degree murder today during his murder trial.  Kight pleaded not guilty due to reason of insanity after gruesomely murdering David Scasino. Prosecutors say Scasino was stabbed at least fifty times and his body was mutilated. After Kight visited a state appointed a psychologist, Judge Robert Wyatt had to base the decision on whether Kight knew right from wrong at the time of the offense.  Kight's sentencing is set at 1:30 p.m. on

    More >>
  • The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families to host stakeholders meeting

    The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families to host stakeholders meeting

    The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families to host stakeholders meeting

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 7:53 PM EST2018-02-21 00:53:15 GMT
    Image courtesy of The Louisiana Partnership for Children and FamiliesImage courtesy of The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families

               The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, the only statewide organization connecting child-serving organizations together for better outcomes for children, is hosting a series of regional meetings throughout the state to bring together stakeholders and discuss important issues facing children.                     Connecting the Dots for Children is a two-hour event featuring inf...

    More >>

               The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, the only statewide organization connecting child-serving organizations together for better outcomes for children, is hosting a series of regional meetings throughout the state to bring together stakeholders and discuss important issues facing children.                     Connecting the Dots for Children is a two-hour event featuring inf...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly