Deaths of 2 young women spur proposals on waterway safety
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The parents of two young women killed in boating accidents last year are looking to South Carolina lawmakers to improve water safety.
Lawmakers who represent the families say their proposals are meant to allow people to enjoy boating, but save lives, too.
One bill proposed by Sen. Thomas McElveen of Sumter requires boaters to travel at a slow, “no wake” speed after the sun sets.
His co-sponsor on the bill, Sen. Kevin Johnson of Manning, also wants the Department of Natural Resources to conduct public hearings on water safety and send safety recommendations to the Senate.
The moves were prompted by last summer’s deaths of 21-year-old Haley Bordeaux and 19-year-old Millicent McDonald, killed in separate crashes on Lake Marion last summer.