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Weather keeps more boaters off High Rock Lake

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission officers said recent thunderstorms kept more people off of High Rock Lake on Independence Day Weekend.

Officers Brandon Jones and Bill Tarplee said boaters should be aware of the debris thrown into the lake by thunderstorms.

Though there were fewer boaters on the lake because of the weather, officers said they still performed random checks for safety.

Tarplee said officers pull people over to make sure every boat has working fire extinguishers and life jackets.

Since July 4, 2013, officials said there have been 25 citations issued; three of them related to alcohol consumption. The blood alcohol level for the water is .08, the same as driving on land.