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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Monday June 28th, 2021 :: 02:47 p.m. PDT


The Colorado River Station will be conducting 4th of July Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations July 2nd - July 4th

The Colorado River Station will be conducting Fourth of July Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations Friday, July 2nd, 2021 through Sunday, July 4th, 2021.  Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be involved in enhanced patrol activities near and on the waterways of the Colorado River patrolling by land, water, and air. Deputies will be deployed from the Nevada State line to the Riverside County line and will be monitoring the waterway for operators operating watercraft under the influence or in a reckless manner. The Colorado River Station will be participating in Operation Dry Water from July 2nd through July 4th.  Persons stopped operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol and or drugs will be arrested and booked into jail. Deputies will also be closely watching for children under the age of 13 without personal floatation devices (PFD’s) while aboard vessels. The law requires all persons under the age of 13 while onboard a vessel to wear a personal floatation device. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department encourages all persons to wear personal floatation devices while on the waterways as it is a proven fact personal floatation devices save lives.
Other violations commonly seen by marine patrol deputies are transom/bow riding and blue light violations.  With the increasing popularity of wakeboarding, wake surfing, and tubing, deputies are noticing an increase of people on boats who are transom riding.  All persons on board a boat while underway (not moored or at anchor) shall be within the confines of the vessel so the risk of falling overboard or being struck by a propeller is greatly reduced.  The blue light law requires all vessels approaching a law enforcement vessel with activated blue lights to come off plane and pass at a no-wake speed so as not to endanger the deputies during the stop and to reduce the chance of damaging boats. 
Deputies will be conducting carriage equipment inspections of all boats stopped for violations. These Carriage requirements include; a type IV throwable PFD immediately available, enough PFD’s for every person onboard the vessel readily accessible, a serviceable fire extinguisher, and a sounding device.
All California boat operators 16-40yrs old are required to have in their possession a California Boater Education Card issued by the CA Division of Boating and Waterways.  This age increases to 45 yrs in 2022.  For information on obtaining a card go to
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and urges everyone to boat sober and wear their life jackets. For more information regarding safe boating practices, visit the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways website at
For press releases, news, and information follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at @CORiverStation
Refer: Eric Blackard, Deputy
Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit
Phone No: (760)326-9200
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department                

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

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