More officers patrolling waterways around the Central valley during Fourth of July weekend

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It’s one of the busiest weekends for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Boating Enforcement Unit as many people travel to the lakes to beat the Central Valley heat.

More than 300 people filled Camp Edison as they enjoyed Shaver Lake.

“It’s going to be a busy day,” Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Karlson Manasan said.

Manasan said they see many people who travel from out of town and most of them don’t know the rules of the water at Shaver Lake.

Your Central Valley rode along with Manasan and his partner, less than 10 minutes into the ride, they had to help a group who were struggling in the water as they tried to get back on their jet ski.

The trio didn’t have the proper equipment to go in the water and if Manasan hadn’t seen them , things could have gotten much worse.

“If we weren’t there to help them. I don’t know how they would get back on,” he said.

He said part of their job is to educate people regarding the rules of the water

Ben Hoover drove his family up from the Central Coast to Shaver Lake as they celebrate this Independence Day. Hoover had to avoid some boaters who weren’t following the rules.

“There’s definitely people that maybe aren’t on the water as much and aren’t experienced or don’t understand the laws, so it’s good to have the sheriff out here educating everyone on common safety,” Hoover said.

The sheriff’s office plans to bring in more deputies to patrol the water as Shaver Lake will be holding their fireworks show on Saturday.

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