Boating safety tips to keep in mind this 4th of July

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - If your plans for July 4th include the lake or some body of water, there are some things to keep in mind.

WHNT News 19 spoke with licensed boat captain, Leif Lacey, who boats on the Tennessee River often. He says if you're pulling anyone behind the boat, you want to make sure they are wearing a Coast Guard approved life vest.

If your plans include wakeboarding, water skiing or intertubing, Lacey has important information for the driver. "Make sure you're paying attention to the rider. Also, you want to make sure to abide by the 100 foot rule. Stay 100 feet from anything, boats, docks, anybody else around you," said Lacey.

Lacey stresses the importance of being aware of the laws depending on what body of water you're on.

If you participate in any water activities that require being pulled by a boat, there are certain laws unique to Alabama. "Keep an eye on the rider. We've got a mirror up, we've also got an observer. That's the law in Alabama, you have to have someone over 13 to keep an eye on the person riding behind the boat, so its a team effort," said Lacey.