Boating safety patrols to take place on Stikine River

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies will patrol the Stikine River with extra officers on Memorial Day Weekend.

Two Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers, two Coast Guardsmen and a U.S. Forest Service officer will conduct safety boardings, check for use of life jacks and monitor Forest Service cabins and hot tubs.

Troopers said the extra patrols are in response to river users' concerns over underage drinking parties, reckless boating and vandalism.

The Stikine River heads in British Columbia and flows 330 miles into Eastern Passage two miles north of Wrangell in Southeast Alaska.

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