Over Memorial Day Weekend, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety saw a large increase of boating traffic on the Waterways throughout Mohave County including the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Boating Deputies responded to numerous boating related incidents, including 3 non-injury boating collisions with heavy damage, 3 injury boating collisions with moderate injuries, 11 medical calls, and 16 boater assists calls. Deputies contacted 266 boaters for various reasons. Out of those contacts, 203 warnings were given, along with 10 citations issued. Several River Medical Paramedics were staged on board of several Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Vessels. These paramedics played a vital role in keeping boaters safe and provided medical assistance to those in need.
Two separate critical incidents included subjects that had voluntarily jumped from an unanchored boat. In both of these cases, the boats began to blow away in the high winds, and the subjects began to struggle while swimming. In both incidents, the subjects began to drown, but were pulled from the water by passing boaters. In each incident, throwable flotation devices were not used when it was noticed that the subjects were struggling. Arizona law requires that any watercraft, except kayaks, over 16 feet in length, have a U. S. Coast Guard approved throwable flotation device on board, and that it be in good and serviceable condition, and available