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TWRA stops boaters on the water in effort to prevent tragedy

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This weather is expected to pull people to Tennessee lakes and rivers this weekend.

As you tune up your boat, you may also want to recharge your safety plan.

On a gorgeous afternoon on Old Hickory Lake, the only colors you want to see is from the sunlight dancing on the water.

Seeing flashing blue lights instead can be a big bummer.

To avoid this, make sure your registration is up to date or your weekend is going to wrap up early.

TWRA officers say they usually discover an expiration after stopping a boat for another reason.

They stopped one pontoon Friday after seeing a passenger sitting on the sundeck.

During the stop, they discovered an expired registration.

“We are very proactive. We want to make sure everyone goes home at the end of the day,” said TWRA officer Tanner Romsdal.

TWRA has inspection authority, meaning they have the right to stop any vessel on the water with or without a reason.

They're checking to make sure boats have life jackets, a fire extinguisher and working stop cables.

The goal is not to ruin your Saturday, but to save lives.

"Anytime we have to inform someone that their family is not coming home, they've lost their life on the water, that's definitely the most difficult part of our jobs,” said Romsdal.

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