JOHN McMAHON, SHERIFF-CORONER
DATE/TIME: July 12, 2018
INCIDENT: Hazards on the Colorado River
LOCATION: Colorado River near the Parker Dam, Parker Dam, California
SUMMARY: On Monday, July 9, 2018, Marine Enforcement deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department were made aware of potential boating hazards on the lower Colorado River near the Parker Dam. At least two foam noodle tubes were found floating just below the water’s surface on the Colorado River, north of the Echo Lodge Resort and south of the Parker Dam. The foam noodle tubes contain miscellaneous chains and pad locks that are anchored to the river's bottom and positioned in a manner which could lead to damage to vessel outdrives if struck. Deputies from the La Paz County Sheriff's Department located the two devices and removed them from the river.
With information obtained from the public regarding people seen placing the foam and anchors near the California shoreline, SCUBA divers from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's dive team conducted a search on the river north of the Sunshine Resort. Sheriff's Deputy Mike Abel was able to determine the foam noodle devices found were the remnants of a self-made designated swim and snorkel area which had been placed along the California shoreline by unknown visitors to the area over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The public is reminded that the placement of a permanent mooring or swimming area requires permits per California law and US Coast Guard regulations and could result in criminal prosecution.
California law requires persons operating a vessel on the waterway to slow to a no wake speed within 100 feet of a swimmer and within 200 feet of a beach frequented by swimmers.
The boating public is asked to use caution and always keep a clear look out for potential hazards while boating on the Colorado River. If any additional, non-natural hazards are located, the public is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information about the origin of these items is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
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Refer: Corporal Travis Vessells
Station: Colorado River Station
Phone No. 760-326-9200
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department”
The Town of Parker Police Department has received calls regarding the recent incidents of someone placing chains and locks inside pool noodles and then putting them in river. The chains/noodles float just at the surface or below the water line, making them difficult to see. These can cause serious and expensive damage to boats if ran over.
If anyone has any information regarding the person(s) responsible for leaving these in the water, please contact Lt. Schlect with the La Paz County Sheriff's Department boating division at 928.669.6141 or Central Dispatch at 928.669.2281.
The Parker Police Department would like to remind all boaters to be aware of what is in the water around and ahead of them. If you see something that looks suspicious and are unable to remove it from the water, please contact the La Paz County Sheriff's Department, boating division.
Boat safe and please wear a life jacket.