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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

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

June 22, 2011

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

Irmo (Ballentine), SC—The Fourth of July is a major holiday for South Carolina boaters and this Fourth they are expected to take to the state’s waterways in large numbers. For many of these boaters, the annual Lake Murray firework display will mark the highlight of the weekend’s festivities and is a highly anticipated annual tradition.  However a simple oversight while boating during the Fourth of July can cause a fun-filled day to end tragically.

Boating accidents often occur when boaters, who rarely venture out on the water at night, fail to pay proper attention to the working condition of their boats’ lights.  The combination of waterways crowded with boats and insufficient safety lighting is a prescription for disaster and was the cause of two South Carolina boating accidents in 2010.

The Lake Murray Boat Club, a recreational boating company that offers its members the use of a variety of boats as an alternative to boat ownership, is offering a simple yet effective solution that promises to reduce the potential for accidents while navigating after dark.  The Lake Murray Boat Club will be donating free glow sticks to anyone who is planning on being on the lake this Fourth. The glow sticks, which will be part of a safety kit are red, green and white and are intended to be used as back up lighting in the event that a boat’s lights are not operational.

Jon Dukes, the owner of the Lake Murray Boat Club, grew up around Lake Murray and wanted to make sure that boaters have a fun and safe experience on the lake this holiday.  “The beauty of the glow sticks is that they will help a boater to get home safely should they lose navigation lights.  Boaters planning to spend the Fourth on the lake can throw them in their safety box and if they need them just crack the glow sticks and to get home safely,” Dukes said.  

The safety kits will be distributed June 29 through July 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from the office or dock at the Lake Murray Boat Club located at the Lake Murray Marina, 1600 Marina Road, Irmo, SC 29063..  Offered as a partnership between West Marine, located in Dutch Square Mall and the LMBC, the safety kits will include glow lights, a whistle, a Department of Natural Resources safety handbook, a discount coupon from West Marine and other boating gear.

For more information on obtaining your free Fourth of July boating safety kit, please call the Lake Murray Boat Club at 803-407-2828.

Rachel Wirth 803-407-2828, fun@lakemurrayboatclub.com or Jon Dukes, 803-407-2828, jon@lakemurrayboatclub.com   


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