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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Friday May 24th, 2024 :: 08:48 a.m. PDT


Sheriff's Colorado River Station Conducting Memorial Day Marine Enforcement this Weekend

May 24, 2024
For Immediate Release

The Colorado River Station will be conducting Memorial Day Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations Friday May 24, 2024 through Monday May 27, 2024. 

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.

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, 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 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. 

All California boat operators 16-60 years old are required to have in their possession a California Boater Education Card issued by the CA Division of Boating and Waterways.  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 web site at

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Refer: Travis Vessells, Sergeant
Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit

Phone No: (760) 326-9200

SHANNON 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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