CHATTANOOGA (TFP) - Policing Tennessee's waters means trying to prevent bad behavior or picking up the pieces when something terrible happens.

"We deal mostly with really good people who make poor decisions," said Matt Majors, an area boating officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Deaths related to boating have increased from 10 in 2005 to 22 last year. Officials attribute the increase to more boaters on the water.

At least eight local residents have drowned on area waterways since last Memorial Day, according to newspaper archives.

Dan Hicks, TWRA spokesman, said he's continually surprised at some water enthusiasts' disregard for basic safety.

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