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"Operation: Dry Water" targets drunk boaters, safety violations

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Officials were out in full force Saturday enforcing boating violations and targeting those who boat under the influence. Officials were out in full force Saturday enforcing boating violations and targeting those who boat under the influence.
BUFORD, Ga. -

Rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are out on Lake Lanier this weekend as part of "Operation: Dry Water." The annual full force crackdown on boating violations is particularly timely following the deadly alcohol-related boat crash which claimed the lives of 9-year-old Jake Griffin and 13-year-old Griffin Prince.

The underwater search was for the body of the 13-year-old boy was suspended this weekend due to the large crowds expected. Officials were still using SONAR to try to find possible locations.

Paul Bennett, 44, is being charged with boating under influence after allegedly striking the pontoon boat the Prince family on Monday night.

Officials on the water this weekend are checking for boaters under the influence, as well as checking for registration, life jackets and proper equipment.

The legal limit for drinking and driving a boat is .10 as compared to .08 for driving a car.

The state's boating safety program was planned well before the accident.

The full diving search for Griffin Prince's body will resume on Monday morning.

A memorial fund has been set up for Jake and Griffin Prince at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations are being accepted at any Wells Fargo location under the account number 7581668121.

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