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"I must say it is a joy to deal with you and your folks. Stacy and I do not have a strong nautical background, and you and your team always go out of your way to make our experience very enjoyable. From having all the equipment ready, to giving friendly advice on the proper way to drive the boat and dock (especially dock), we could not ask for a better group of people. We are looking forward to many more happy days on the water."

Jerry and Stacy
Columbia, SC


June 20, 2014


June 20, 2014

Lake Murray Boat Club to Donate Glow Sticks for July 4th

Free Glow Sticks Part of the Kit to Promote Safety During Busy Boating Holiday

Irmo (Ballentine), SC… Jon Dukes, owner of the Lake Murray Boat Club, is working to reduce the number of night time boating accidents this Fourth of July. For the past three years, the Lake Murray Boat Club, a Boating Country Club™ that offers its members unlimited use of a variety of boats as an alternative to boat ownership, has distributed free Light up the Lake safety kits to the boating public. Beginning Tuesday, June 24 through June 28 (the date of Lake Murray’s annual fireworks display), LMBC will have the free safety kits available in preparation for the lake’s busiest boating day of the year.

This 4th of July, boaters are expected to seek out the popular glow sticks that are a mainstay of the free Light up the Lake safety kits. Many holiday boaters only occasionally boat at night, and discovering that their navigational lights aren’t working can come as an unpleasant surprise ending to an otherwise enjoyable night of fireworks.  Once cracked, the red, green and white glow sticks can be temporarily placed on a boat in the event that navigation lights fail. Manufactured by a safety supplier, the glow sticks will ensure that a boater can be seen by others on the water, enabling him to return to shore safely. Besides the glow sticks, each kit will also include a distress whistle, a DNR Boating Handbook, and a map of Lake Murray.

In addition, the Lake Murray Boat Club joined forces with Sea Tow of Lake Murray, a 24 hour on-water boat service company, to make loaner children’s life jackets available for the summer. According to Dukes, most boat owners have adult-sized personal flotation devices (orange PFDs) on hand but not necessarily life vests suitable for children. “Life vests are an example of when the one-size-fits-all rule does not apply. Their smaller stature and weight dictate the use of jackets specially designed for children,” he added.

The owner of Sea Tow, John Altenberg, and Dukes recognized the need to encourage safety precautions, especially during busy boating holidays. “We’re both local businessmen who share similar values when it comes to boater responsibility and water safety,” said Dukes.

Individuals interested in obtaining the free Light up the Light safety kits and the children’s loaner life jackets can go to the Lake Murray Boat Club located in the Marina Center building, 1602 Marina Road, Suite B, in Irmo.  They will be available during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28. For additional information call LMBC at 803-407-2828 or visit www.lakemurrayboatclub.com.

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