SAN BERNARDINO – The Colorado River will soon be patrolled by a new state-funded Sheriff’s Department boat, thanks to action taken today by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
“The 90 miles of the Colorado River located in our county, including Lake Havasu, is one of the busiest recreation waterways in the nation with approximately 17 million visitors per year,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “This patrol boat will help keep those visitors safe.”
The board approved an agreement with the California Department of Boating and Waterways that will result in an $80,000 Boating and Safety and Enforcement Grant to fund a 20-to-23-foot aluminum-hull patrol boat and trailer to be used on the Colorado River.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station operates and maintains the necessary equipment and personnel at the Colorado River to provide enforcement of boating regulations, assistance to boaters in distress, and to conduct search, rescue and recovery operations.
The department also coordinates with sheriffs’ departments in Arizona’s Mohave County and La Paz County to provide regular marine patrols and periodic task forces.