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Results of the 2018 Labor Day Marine Enforcement Operation

September 8, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted the 2018 Labor Day Holiday Weekend Operation starting on August 31, through September 3. The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from the California/Nevada State line to the Riverside County line as well as Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead.

The majority of the operation was focused on the waterways with resorts, launch ramps and marinas along the river and lakes. A total of eleven patrol vessels, an OHV team, the Sheriff's Dive Team and one Sheriff's Department helicopter were deployed throughout the area.

The Marine Enforcement unit conducted a total of sixty-four enforcement stops throughout the holiday weekend. There was a total of ten arrests, nine of which were for boating under the influence and one for public intoxication. Twenty-six citations were issued for various boating law violations along with countless verbal warnings.

The Colorado River Station's Marine Enforcement Unit investigated two boating collisions varying from minor to major injuries and assisted the Mohave County Sheriff's Department with a fatal boating collision near the Topock Marina on the Colorado River. As a result of the crash, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department assisted in conducting searches utilizing patrol vessels, the Sheriff’s helicopter, and 10 dive team members for several days.

The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit urges all California residents to go online to and take the online test to obtain their boater card which is now required by law. The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and reminds everyone to wear their life vests and to boat sober.

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