Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said his deputies will be out on the water in force this weekend to ensure boating safety during the annual Coonfest Party on Racoon Island near Bonneau Beach.

A record crowd is expected at the party on Saturday, DeWitt said.

Deputies will be checking boats for required safety equipment, underage drinking and boating under the influence, DeWitt said. The noise ordinance in the Pinopolis Locks also will be enforced, he said.

Last year, several arrests were made and citations issued, most for alcohol-related issues, DeWitt said.

Deputies will be working with the state Department of Natural resources, Santee Cooper Law Enforcement, Berkeley County Rescue Squad and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities also caution boaters to expect stronger than normal currents in the Diversion canal and Cooper River due to the recent amount of rainfall.

Have a plan, DeWitt said, as the weather on the lakes can change rapidly.