HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A volunteer water rescue group is keeping a close watch on boaters this holiday weekend.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian volunteer branch.
Responsibilities include everything from rescues to making sure nobody runs out of gas on the water and even looking out for broken down boats.
Volunteers said there are always dangers when it comes to boating, but those dangers can be heightened on holiday weekends.
That's due to traffic increase, people thinking they're invincible when it comes to drinking and boating, and not wearing a life vest, they said.
Kids eight years and younger are required to wear a life vest, but U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers urge everyone to.
While they don't have any kind of law enforcement authority, they look out for inappropriate behaviors and relay those to police.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is completely volunteer-based, so what's the inspiration for volunteers spending time away from their families this Labor Day
One man said a recent drowning at Ditto Landing gives him the drive to spend the holiday weekend looking out for others.
"I don't want to see another victim brought into the piers and the docks and not be able to go home to their family; their
moms, their dads their brothers, sisters, wives and children," Volunteer and Vice Flotilla Commander Terry Mills said. "I want them to come out here, have a good time, enjoy yourself and go home to them," he said.
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