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Memorial Day Weekend Boating Enforcement Results in 15 Arrests

June 1, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it's 2016 Memorial Day Weekend Operation, starting on May 27 through May 30. 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 river and lake. A total of ten patrol vessels, one Rescue Dive Team, two Gang Enforcement Teams, an OHV team and one Sheriff's Department helicopter team were deployed throughout the area.

There were a total of fifteen arrests made; three of which were for Boating under the Influence. Forty-seven citations were issued for various boating law violations. The majority of the citations written involved operators not having children under the age of 13 in personal floatation devices (PFD) while riding in vessels. All children under the age of 13 must wear an approved personal floatation device while on a vessel underway.

The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and urges everyone to boat sober and wear their life jackets.

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

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