Patrolling Lucky Peak with Ada County sheriff's deputies

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Patrolling Lucky Peak with Ada County sheriff's deputies

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on July 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 12:52 PM

ADA COUNTY -- Many people celebrated Independence Day by cooling off in Lucky Peak Reservoir with family and friends.

However, a busy day for boaters means a busy day for authorities as they make sure everyone stays safe.

Deputies with the Ada County Sheriff's Department patrol the entire reservoir, which covers about 12 miles. They keep a high profile on these waters throughout the day, hoping that will help keep a low rate of boating accidents and emergencies.

Deputy Hyrum Jones is one of the county's four, full time deputies who spend the entire summer watching the waters of Lucky Peak.

Jones says boating safety requires a different skill set than many are used to.

"They are a lot of fun, but there is a lot of horse power and a lot of moving parts on boats, and they don't stop on a dime like a car does so you got to be careful," said Deputy Hyrum Jones.

Jones says the safety violations deputies look for the most are not enough life jackets, driving too fast in a no wake zone, not having every safety device on board, and being under the influence while operating a boat.

"The water already has its hazards -- you have your weather, the sunshine, people get dehydrated quicker, and you add alcohol on top of that it's a bad recipe for disaster," said Jones.

In addition to patrolling the water, the deputies also check the nearly 100 campsites around the reservoir.

They tell us the crowd this Fourth of July was a typical size for a holiday.

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