Tag: Lake Safety

Two boaters rescued from Big Bear Lake

  Big Bear, Ca, February 12, 2011, 4:00pm – Two boaters were rescued in Big Bear Lake this afternoon.  At approximately 2:45 pm, a canoe carrying a man and a woman swamped near Eagle Point.  The woman attempted to swim to shore and a bystander entered the water to assist.  The man remained with the canoe and was rescued by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy and another bystander.  The Deputy used a nearby canoe to make the rescue, towing the male paddler to shore when unable to get him back into his boat.  Both paddlers were transported to a local medical facility to be checked for hypothermia and other injuries by Big Bear City Fire ambulance.  Rescuers were uninjured but cold. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30435.mp3|titles=Canoe Rescue on Big Bear...

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Boat Prop Incident Results in Emergency Situation; MWD Reminds Boaters to Turn Off Boat When Swimmers in Water

Big Bear Lake, CA — A boating incident that took place on Big Bear Lake last week has prompted a safety reminder from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the agency that oversees recreation activity on the lake. In the evening hours last week, a party of four adults was on a pontoon boat on Big Bear Lake, celebrating the birthday of the boat’s driver, a man in his 40s from Los Angeles. One of the three women on board lost her hat and, in an effort to retrieve it, the man entered the lake at the rear of the vessel—however, he did not turn off the engine and may, too, have inadvertently put the boat in reverse. While he was in the water to retrieve the hat, the prop at the rear of the boat cut open his right leg, calf and foot which, though it did not sever an artery, did result in significant loss of blood. One of the female passengers wrapped his leg in a towel and used a belt as a tourniquet to reduce the bleeding, while 911 was called. Responders to the lakeshore, where the boat docked, included the MWD’s Lake Patrol, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and both the Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City Fire Departments. The victim was then flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to undergo surgery...

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East Boat Launch Ramp Closure to Extend Through June 17 (for Construction Project), Though Launch Access Available This Weekend

Big Bear Valley, CA — In an update from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the temporary construction-prompted closure of the Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp (just west of Stanfield Cutoff on the North Shore) will be extended for an additional five weekdays in order for the contractor to complete two projects. The East Ramp will be open this Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, but it will be closed Friday, June 11, and next Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. The MWD extends their apologies for this inconvenience, but hopes boaters will enjoy use of the new paved parking lot and vessel Quagga Mussel decontamination station when the project is complete. While the East Ramp is closed, free Quagga Mussel inspection, decontamination and launching are available at Big Bear Marina on the south shore of the Lake. Please call the District offices at 909/866-5796 with any questions. “In the meantime,” notes MWD General Manager Scott Heule, “go out and enjoy the nearly full lake with water clarity that is better than it has been in...

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Recreation and Park District Opens Swim Beach on June 5; Swim Lessons and Summer Day Camps Also Available

Big Bear Lake, CA — At long last with summer weather upon us, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District opens Swim Beach, on the lake at the western-most end of Park Avenue, starting this weekend. Swim Beach will be open weekends from noon to 5pm; once school is out (in two weeks), the recreation area will be open Thursdays through Mondays through Labor Day. Swim Beach features white sand, as well as grass, snack bar and lifeguards on duty in the swimming area, which includes the giant Summit Slide and a trampoline, both on the water. The Rec and Park District also offers swim lessons for all ages this summer; to sign up for one of six sessions (the first of which begins June 21st), Super Swim Lesson Sign-Up Day will be held at the district offices on Thursday, June 10, starting at 8am. Summer camps for children are also offered this summer, through the Rainbow Kids Club held at Big Bear Elementary School. Families should have received the park district’s summer brochure, which went home with BVUSD students this week, but details are also available at BigBearParks.com, or by calling the district offices on Park Avenue at...

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Diligence of Marina Inspector Keeps Big Bear Lake Quagga Mussel Free; All Boats Must Be Clean, Drained and Dry Before Launch

Big Bear Lake, CA — A Quagga mussel-infested boat was prevented from being launched onto Big Bear Lake because of the pre-launch inspection performed by diligent launch ramp attendants, per a press release issued by the Big Bear Municipal Water District: “The boat showed up at Pine Knot Landing after spending three months in Lake Mojave on the Colorado River. Certified Quagga Mussel Inspector John Bishop at the private marina noted water draining from the boat’s outdrive when it was lowered. Because of this, combined with the knowledge that the boat had recently been in mussel-contaminated waters, the inspector refused to allow the boat to be launched and instead sent it to the Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp for a more thorough inspection. Big Bear Municipal Water District Launch Ramp Supervisor Tyler Cockrell and Ramp Attendant Stacy Marquardt performed a detailed inspection and observed thousands of tiny, pinhead-sized Quagga Mussels covering the boat. The boat was then quarantined at the District offices. The District provides Quagga Mussel inspection training annually, free of charge, to all local private marina workers. Private launch ramps at marinas are required to have District-certified inspectors any time boats are being launched or retrieved. When it was discussed at the May 20th MWD Board meeting, Director Skip Suhay noted, ‘This incident highlights the value of local public awareness and the payoff that results when...

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