Boaters tell swimmers to move over at boat landings

The Department of Natural Resources is shedding light on an issue they deal with every weekend across Horry County.

Boaters are complaining swimmers are getting in the way when they are trying to launch boats at multiple boat landings.

Fortunately, no one has been injured yet, but DNR officials hope that doesn't have to happen for changes to be made.

"Sometimes you see that happen where it takes someone to get injured for something to happen and I don't want that to happen," said Nate Hutson, with the Department of Natural Resources. "We have had too many complaints from folks that are concerned about it thats why we are triying to bring awareness of it ."

As of now, there is no violation if swimmers are in the boat landing areas. Boaters say just because they can't get a ticket, doesn't mean they shouldn't be aware of their surroundings.

"I'm just worried about putting my boat int he water and running over somebody in the water. I don't care if you swim in the landing but jsut stay to the side a little bit," said Brent Thomas, a boater at Conway Marina.

DNR is working with Horry County Public Safety to do something about this issue before someone gets hurt.

"It's a process but it's a process thats base on safety of the public and it's somethign that needs to happen," said Hutson.

Those who enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway say there is enough water to go around for everyone, and everyone work together to be aware of people in the water.

"There's too many people trying to do the same stuff at the same time and disreguarding each others right to enjoy it. The idea is to respect other poeple that are enjoying it and their different ways of enjoying the same venue," said Danny King, a paddle boarder.

DNR met with Horry County Public Safety a few weeks ago and hope to have a solution to this problem soon.