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Results of 4th of July Marine Enforcement Operation

July 6, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it's 2017 Fourth of July Weekend Operation, starting on June 30 through July 4. The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from the California/Nevada state line to the Riverside County line. The majority of the operation was focused on the waterways along with resorts, launch ramps and marinas along the Colorado River and Lake Havasu.

A total of ten patrol vessels, one Rescue Dive Team, one Gang Enforcement Team, an Off Highway Vehicle Enforcement team and one Sheriff's Department Helicopter team were deployed throughout the area.

There was a total of fifteen arrests made, thirteen of which were for Boating Under the Influence. Eighty seven citations were issued for various boating law violations. There were two reported boating accidents with injuries, one was alcohol related.

There was a drowning on the Parker Strip portion of the Colorado River which was not boating related. The twenty seven year old male victim swam to the river bottom to release a boat anchor and never surfaced. Bystanders jumped into the water and recovered the victim who was lifeless. C.P.R. was immediately administered and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is still under investigation.

The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and urges that everyone boats sober, wear their life jackets and take a Boating Safety Course. For more information regarding Boating Safety Courses, contact the Division of Boating and Waterways at

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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