Tag: Boating Safety

Play it Safe on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 6, 2013 – Boaters are reminded to use extra caution on the water this weekend. More boating accidents occur during the July 4th holiday than any other time, and the number one cause is boat operators not paying enough attention. Consider designating a second person on board to help look out for other watercraft, obstacles, or people in the water. Here are some more tips to help keep you safe on Big Bear Lake: Steer to the right when approaching another vessel head on, and remember that in a crossing situation involving two power boats, the boater on the right has the right-of-way. Carry a properly-fitted life jacket for each person on board. The following people are legally required to wear life jackets: Children under the age of 13, personal watercraft riders, paddle-boarders, and anyone being towed behind a boat. Use water ski flags properly when skiers, wakeboarders or tubers are down. And lastly, don’t drink too much alcohol. Intoxicated passengers can fall overboard or cause the vessel to capsize. For more safety tips and boating laws, visit...

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Life Jacket Trade-In Location Change

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 24, 2013 – The Department of Boating and Waterways, along with the Big Bear Municipal Water District and the Big Bear Lake Coast Guard Flotilla, will sponsor the 14th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In on Saturday, May 25th, from 10:00 a.m. until they run out of jackets.  The new location for the Life Jacket Trade-In is at the MWD East Boat Launch Ramp on North Shore Drive near Stanfield Cut-Off.  The life jacket trade-in gives water enthusiasts the opportunity to have their life jackets inspected by professionals.  If a life jacket is found to be outgrown or unserviceable, a new, properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket will be given in exchange. California boating law requires all children under the age of 13, every person on board a personal watercraft (Jet Ski) or being towed behind a vessel to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.  The law also requires life jackets to be carried on a vessel for every person on board. It is worth repeating the importance for all water enthusiasts, no matter how young or old, to wear properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Life jackets that are too small will not be able to keep bodies afloat. Life jackets that are too big can slip off or push up around the face area, which could be dangerous. Of the 53 boating fatalities reported to DBW last year, the 33 drowning victims were found without life jackets on. More information about the life jacket trade-in or life jackets is available at...

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Riverside Man Dies In Lake Accident

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 23, 2012, 8:00am – (UPDATE) – The victim has been identified as 44 year-old Cesar Espana of Riverside, California. [Original Story] Big Bear Lake, Saturday July 22, 2012, 2:00 pm – On Friday afternoon at 4:59 pm a there was a report of a possible drowning victim near the east launch ramp on Big Bear Lake.  The Municipal Water District Lake Patrol, Big Bear Sheriff”s Department and local fire agencies were called to the scene.  Two related males were riding a personal water craft near the northern shoreline when one of the males slipped under the water.  Both men were not wearing a personal flotation device as mandated by law while riding a Jet Ski type boat.  An immediate search did not find the victim.  A dive team and helicopter were called in to help with the search.  As the evening began to fall the recovery efforts were called off until Saturday morning.  The county dive team described the visibility as very poor on the bottom where the victim was later found in about 20 feet of water.  Scott Heule, General Manager of the Municipal Water District, told KBHR that this tragic accident was avoidable with the use of a personal flotation device better know as PFD.  The Sheriff”s Department has described this as an accidental drowning and identified the man as a resident...

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Avoid A Boating Accident This Fourth Of July

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 2, 2012, noon – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) reminds boaters to use caution on the water this Fourth of July. More boating accidents occur during this holiday than any other during the summer boating season. You can greatly decrease the chances of being involved in a boating accident when you follow a few simple rules. Avoid alcohol. Everyone who drinks alcohol on board is at risk. Passengers can easily fall overboard, swim near the propeller, or cause the vessel to capsize. Operate your boat at a reasonable speed. Boats do not have brakes. The stopping distance in emergencies can be critical. Properly use water ski flags when skiers, wake boarders or tubers are down.  Improper use of flags can be dangerous not only to the person in the water, but to the passing boat where its propeller can become entangled in the tow rope and result in a deadly accident. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31577.mp3|titles=Boating Safety Tips – Mike Evans Reporting]...

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Water Rescue On Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 30, 2012, noon – Big Bear Municipal Water District employees at the West Public Launch Ramp got a report of an overturned canoe with four 29 Palms residents in the water just west of the ramp on Sunday morning, May 27. Ramp attendants quickly notified Lake Patrol dispatch and ran to the shore to assist the boaters. Two children, ages 6 and 13 were wearing Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s), but the two adults who were not wearing PFD’s were struggling to stay afloat due to high winds and low  water temperatures. When units from the Big Bear Lake Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Big Bear Municipal Water District Lake Patrol arrived, the victims were immediately pulled from the water and taken to the launch ramp office. Due to the quick action taken by Big Bear Municipal Water District Ramp attendants and the rapid response of Lake Patrol Officers and Coast Guard Auxiliary members, the victims were able to quickly recover from the ordeal without serious injury or loss of life. The Big Bear Municipal Water District strongly encourages all boaters to wear PFD’s.  For information on Boating Safety courses and how to properly outfit your vessel, visit the Big Bear Lake Municipal Water District website. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31530.mp3|titles=Boating...

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