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Did you see “Zippy” ?

The Lake D’Arbonne fireworks show was spectacular. There were even a little extra “fireworks” right  before the real show started. Most people probably missed it, but I didn’t. Neither did a couple of dozen boaters north of the Hwy. 33 bridge, which also included a couple of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents.

Just to keep it nice, we’ll say this story is about “Zippy”. I thought of several other names, but hey, this is a family site…

They had just announced fireworks would begin in 10 minutes when “Zippy” raced his jet ski right down past 60-80 boats, including swimmers in the water, down to the channel in front of Jake’s and then northward toward the fork the D’Arbonne and Corney creeks channels.  I asked my wife, “he didn’t really just do that, did he?”  Apparently the LDWF folks felt the same way. They gave chase, but couldn’t catch him. I heard about it from several other people as well. I wasn’t going to write about it, but today I decided it was worth it.

I don’t know what Zippy’s motivations were, whether it was to show off, to prove how fast his jet ski was or to show how thoughtless he could be.  Well, Zip. All three points were well taken.

My point for writing this is simple. If you are going to be on the water, be responsible and respectful of others. If you aren’t old mature enough to do that, stay on the bank. This dude put lives in danger, pulled the LDWF folks away from their duty at the fireworks display and his actions were just an annoyance. Did I mention it is also illegal to operate jet-skis after legal sundown?

This story may not be over. If you know who “Zippy” really is, local enforcement agents would still like to have a chat with him. You can help them with that by anonymously calling the LDWF toll free hotline. Citizens can anonymously report tips by calling 1-800-442-2511 24 hours a day or you can give a call to your local sheriff’s office.


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