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Boating Safety Unit honored for Search and Rescue Efforts on Shasta Lake

Shasta County Sheriff's Office honors the Boating Safety Unit for their work on Shasta Lake in 2017.

Posted: Mar 8, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: Mar 8, 2018 11:57 AM

The Shasta County Sheriff’s office hosted its 20th Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony awards to recognize staff, volunteers, and businesses that have contributed to the success of the department in the past year.

This year the Boating Safety Unit has been nominated for their hard work, commitment, and dedication to provide safety to visitors and citizens of Shasta County who enjoy the waterways of Shasta County.

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The 2017 boating season was busier than the past several years at Shasta Lake alone.
Thousands of college students visited Shasta Lake throughout the summer and hot months leading into the 2018 school year.

The Boating Safety Unit responded to several calls including, boat fires, major injury boat accidents, as well as multiple fatal boating accidents.

The Boating Safety Unit was responsible for all investigations regarding boating incidents on the lake, and waterways.

The team followed up with witnesses, was involved with search and rescue efforts, and maintained the safety of the lake throughout the busy season at Shasta Lake.

These dedicated public servants are usually the first on scene in a critical incident and will provide comfort as well as first aid to those in need.

Members of the Boating Safety Unit from left to right in the photo: Deputy Ray Hughes, Boating Safety Officers John McCarville, Lance Berry, Dale Asher, Phil Eoff, Jim Lindquist, Bill Winters, Mike Matheson and Gary VanDyne.

Several of the members of the Boating Safety Unit are retired law enforcement from various agencies.

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