MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department's seasonal boat patrols are underway.
The part-time officers will be out on Muskegon Lake and other bodies of water five day a week during the summer months.
The officers say now is the time to make sure your boat has the correct number of life vests, emergency equipment, and that state registration is current.
"A lot of time we get boat registrations that are expired. People forget to get that done. They get excited to get on the water and they forget it or leave it at home," explains Muskegon County Marine Patrol officer, Lance Gilbert.
In two weeks, Muskegon County will receive a new emergency response boat paid for with funds from a Homeland Security grant.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard is ready to watch the water from the sky. The Muskegon Air Station opened Friday. The seasonal station is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.