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Sheriff's Marine Division ramping up to keep boaters safe

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Summer heat means more people out on the waterways, and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is preparing for the 2014 boating season.

"We know that unfortunately every year we always have folks who don't pay attention to what they need to when they're out on the water," Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said Friday at the Chester Frost Park boat ramp.

The sheriff wants the office's Marine Division "up to strength" to be available as a back-up in emergency situations for the 10-county region that make up the state Department of Homeland Security's District 3.

Nine sheriff's deputies have recently completed training for the boating season through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which also held a media event on the lake Friday to remind boaters to obey the law and stay safe this summer.

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