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“In a cooperative effort to provide public service for the boating public and free boat safety inspections and boating safety and invasive species education, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with a number of agencies to bring Operation Safe Boat to Lake Almanor May 25,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said May 17.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety and Enforcement Unit, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the California Highway Patrol, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting a joint agency Water Safety Day, to coincide with National Safe Boating Week.
The primary focus of the Water Safety Day will be voluntary boating safety equipment inspections conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Plumas County Sheriff’s Boat Patrol personnel to ensure boaters have all of the required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.
The California Highway Patrol will also be looking at trailers to ensure that they are properly equipped and safe to operate on the highway.
Boating safety items such as personal flotation devices (life jackets), type IV throwables (seat cushions), fire extinguishers, sound making devices, operational navigation lighting and engine-fuel enclosure requirements will be examined.
Boat owners can go to the U.S. Coast Guard website at cgaux.org/vsc or read the California ABC of Boating Bookto see what the requirements are to be prepared for the inspection.
The inspections will be conducted at the public boat ramp at Prattville at the Almanor North Campground and possibly at the Canyon Dam boat ramp, if the dock has been replaced.
Representatives from the various organizations may also have informational booths set up. There will be handout materials and some free items available for the public.
“Fifteen minutes of your time could save your life or someone on your boat,” say organizers.
Those with questions are encouraged to call the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office at 283-6375, and ask to speak with a member of the sheriff’s boat patrol.
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