MCSO answers 400 calls on the water over July 4 weekend

One of the boats that sunk this past weekend.  Apparently, the boat was coming into the no-wake zone near Windsor when the boat rapidly slowed down and began to take on waves over the bow.  The driver attempted to accelerate forward at a high rate of speed, thereby causing the boat’s bow to submerge further. 

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One of the boats that sunk this past weekend.  Apparently, the boat was coming into the no-wake zone near Windsor when the boat rapidly slowed down and began to take on waves over the bow.  The driver attempted to accelerate forward at a high rate of speed, thereby causing the boat’s bow to submerge further. 

LAKE HAVASU – Mohave County Sherrif’s Office Waterways deputies had their hands full over the holiday weekend responding to over 400 calls on Lake Havasu and the Colorado River.

“Independence Day weekend was exceptionally active with visitors and locals alike,” Sergeant Kyler Cox said. “The waterways within Mohave County were extremely busy with boat traffic, but there were no major issues.”

According to Sgt. Cox, the Sheriff’s Office investigated 3 non-injury boat crashes, and assisted another agency with a minor injury boat crash.  The three non-injury boat crashes included two boats that swamped, then sunk, and one boat that broke loose from an anchor and caused damage to another anchored boat. 

Deputies also arrested six people for operating a watercraft while under the influence, several citations for reckless operation and several for children under 12 years of age not wearing life jackets.