Debris drifts along Lake Wylie; boaters warned

Debris drifts along Lake Wylie; boaters warned

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Debris drifts along Lake Wylie; boaters warned

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by Richard Devayne / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:18 PM

LAKE WYLIE, N.C. – Massive amounts of debris has started to clog up parts of Lake Wylie. Flooding has caused major problems for boaters and anyone wanting to enjoy a day on the waters.

"I've been on the lake all my life and this is probably the worst I've ever seen," said Sgt. Brent Mabry of the York County Sheriff Office "the amount of debris is unreal."
 

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Mabry said this could be dangerous for boaters who might not notice a tree limb just a few feet under the water. Water skiers could also encounter trouble if they run over some debris either sending it into the air or causing them to fall.

The York County Sheriff's Office wants people to stay away from the waters for the next few days.  If possible, they’d like people to stay away for a week to allow for the tide to carry the debris further downstream.

In addition to checking that boaters are following basic safety rules like having their life jackets on board and proper paperwork, they are also warning them about all the new dangers on the waters.

"Of course the things we're worried about is hazardous materials coming down stream somebody coming off their boat and coming down steam," said Sgt. Mabry.
 

 

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