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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Thursday May 26th, 2022 :: 12:32 p.m. PDT


Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Operation in Colorado River Will Begin this Friday, May 27th

DATE/TIME: May 26, 2022  

INCIDENT: Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Operation 2022

LOCATION: Colorado River



SUMMARY: The Colorado River Station will be conducting its Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Operation beginning Friday, May 27th and ending on Monday, May 30th. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be involved in enhanced patrol activities on the waterways of the Colorado River and will be deployed from the Nevada State line to the Riverside County line. Deputies will patrol on land, water and air.  This allows for faster response times to emergencies. 

Deputies will be monitoring the waterways for operators operating watercraft under the influence and operating their watercraft in a reckless manner. Persons stopped for operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol and or drugs will be arrested and booked into jail.

Other violations commonly seen by marine patrol deputies are transom/bow riding and blue light violations.  With the increasing popularity of wake boarding, 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 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 on board the vessel readily accessible, a servicable fire extinguisher and a sounding 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.

 All California boat operators ages 16-45 years 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 50 years in 2023.  For information on obtaining a card go to

The San Bernardino County Sheriff 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 site at

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Refer: Sergeant Jeffrey Cross

Station: Colorado River Station / Marine Enforcement Unit

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. N/A

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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

Emergency: 9-1-1

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