Colorado River Tri-State: Marine Patrol Operation during Labor Day Weekend 2016.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, from Friday, September 2nd, 2016 to Monday, September 4th, 2016, the Colorado River Station has concluded the Labor Day Special Operation.
Marine Enforcement Deputies noted many boaters utilizing designated boat operators and complying with Personal Floatation Device (PFD) laws.
Deputies also made several contacts with Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) operators and several of the contacts resulted in the operators or passengers receiving citations for OHV law violations.
Deputies assigned to the operation arrested 6 boat operators for boating under the Influence.
Deputies will be seeking a felony charge on a boat operator after an injury from a boat accident.
Deputies arrested an individual on an outstanding warrant and deputies issued 63 citations to individuals over the special enforcement period for various boating law violations.
Deputies from the Colorado River Station, Boating Accident Investigation Team, responded to Lake Arrowhead to investigate a fatal boat collision involving a 5 year old boy.
Deputies are still on scene investigating the tragic incident.
Deputies are also investigating a boat explosion that occurred at Jack Smith Park in Needles, California.
As a result of the explosion 2 persons suffered burns and one of the victims was flown to a hospital for treatment.
Deputies believe alcohol is a factor in the incident.
Deputies had many positive contacts with citizens throughout the weekend.
Many boaters were very appreciative of the Sheriff’s Department safety efforts.
The department would like to encourage everyone to wear a personal floatation device while enjoying the waterways.
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