MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Even though the beaches may have technically been closed Memorial Day weekend, it didn’t stop water-lovers from celebrating their holiday on Lake Monroe.
Officials technically closed the beaches because the water level was so high. That means there are no lifeguards on duty and no staff in the nearby beach house, so swimming there is at your own risk.
While conservation officers worked to keep boaters safe, this year they ended up doing more than just their traditional boat patrols.
One call took them off the water and back onto land.
Chopping through wakes on a picture perfect afternoon, it didn’t take long to find dozens of people soaking up the sun this Memorial Day.
But not everyone gets the holiday off.
“I certainly have got a better office view than anybody else,” Indiana Conservation Officer Angela Goldman said with a smile.
She wasn’t just enjoying her view, she was busy keeping an eye out for anyone breaking the rules of the water. That’s what happened with a few people out jet skiing.
“Reason I stopped you is you cannot run immediately behind a boat and jump its wake like what you’re doing,” she said.
The jet skiers were jumping wakes within 200 feet of a boat which is against the law. That potentially dangerous move earned them a ticket. But it’s not just safety violations these officers are looking for; they’re also on paperwork patrol.
That means making sure every boat has the proper registration. One person was ticketed for breaking that rule. After a quick check for life jackets, we were back on our way.
“Just the usual run of the mill little stuff,” said Officer Goldman.
That is until a shots fired call came in.
A group that was fishing on the water said they witnessed a group of people firing a gun into the water.
Within minutes, the cruise on the lake turned into a trek on land. Officer Goldman and her partner went searching for shell casings while Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies tried to locate the suspects.
It wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill little stuff, but thankfully not as bad as it could have been.
“We’ve been safe. No crashes, nobody’s been hurt, it’s been a good weekend,” she said.
Officer Goldman said while they did find several shell casings, they couldn’t find whoever was responsible for shooting them.