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Three rescued after boat overturns in squall

April 6, 2017

HAVASU LAKE, Calif – On Monday, April 03 at about 5:48 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to a capsized boat in the North Basin on Lake Havasu. The owner/operator of the vessel, Richard Ballou (age 66 of Lake Havasu City, Arizona), was coming from the area of the North River when a monsoon squall came through the area.

Ballou was attempting to get back to the launch ramp at Site 6 where he had launched his watercraft earlier that day. Ballou stated while traveling through the North Basing he encountered 5-6 foot swells. Ballou was traveling approximately 15-20 mph when the bow of his watercraft nosed into a swell, and the watercraft submerged into the water and capsized within two minutes. After the watercraft had capsized, all three involved were able to climb onto the keel of watercraft and out of the water.

Upon deputies arrival, they were able to pull the Ballou and his other two adult passengers from the water to safety aboard their patrol vessel. The three victims were transported to Site 6 where they were treated by medical for mild hypothermia. The watercraft was later towed back to Site 6 by Sea Tow personnel.

The San Bernardino County Marine Enforcement Unit would like to remind boaters to check weather conditions before launching their vessel and always to wear life jackets.

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