Fresno County Sheriff’s Boating Unit Keep Local Lakes Safe During Summer

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February 07 2021 03:30 pm

It’s a busy weekend for Fresno County Sheriff’s boating units. Now that school is out and the temperatures are in the triple digits, folks around the Valley are looking for a fun way to cool off. For many that means hitting the local lakes.

FCSO doing its best to keep the waters safe all summer long. FCSO said they want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves while out on the water this summer but in order to do that, FCSO said people need to make sure they have the proper safety gear and follow the rules.

“Weather’s great, water’s great, everything is great, scenery is beautiful,” Angelo Godina, a lake visitor, said.

Even a pig enjoying some time lake side.

“Gwenie the minnie goes with us everywhere, she’s a lake pig,” Juan Quiz, a lake visitor, said.

But with triple digits hitting the Valley it’s sure a busy weekend for Fresno County Sheriff Boating Unit Deputies.

“Do you know why you were stopped,” Michael Sasso, Reserve Deputy Sheriff, said.

Making sure everyone stays safe in and around the water.

“The pattern on Shaver Lake is counter clockwise boating patterns to keep everyone safe, because of all the coves we want to make sure someone is not going to come out and cause a collision,” Deputy Clint Horne with Fresno County Sheriff Department said.

Horne said they’re not trying to stop folks from having fun but just like the roads, lakes have rules.

“People go out and rent boats and jet skis but they’re not really familiar about the rules and regulations on the water,” Horne said.

“So, rather than issue someone a cite, we educate them and while we’re doing that we go through a proper safety inspection to make sure they have all the proper safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, sound signal devices and PFD’s, which are your life vest.”

Folks like Scott Baker, who was one of the few pulled over for going the wrong way, it’s a simple lesson learned…

“We appreciate the warning and not always giving a ticket and we appreciate the friendly attitude of the officers here at Shaver,” Baker said.

FCSO said starting next year for ages 16 to 21, they’ll be required to take a boaters safety class.

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