U.S. Coast Guard stops dozens of boats on Lake CDA over Fourth of July holiday

U.S. Coast Guard stops dozens of boats on Lake CDA over Fourth of July holiday

Over one of the busiest weeks for boating at Lake Coeur d’Alene the U.S. Coast Guard bolstered the efforts of Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to keep folks safe.

The main emphasis being safety inspections, in which enforcement specialists would board boats and check to make sure all on board had life jackets, a working fire extinguisher and that the boat was safe to operate.

“A lot of people had their required safety gear,” said USCG Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second Class Paul Quaife, “but unfortunately we did have some people who chose to operate a vessel under the influence.”

Coast Guard crews stopped and escorted three boats back to shore for boating under the influence, in addition to ending the voyage of two other boats for negligent operations.

In total, crews stopped 81 boats, issued 21 warnings and also pitched in with EMT responses and commercial inspections.

For folks planning on being out on Lake Coeur d’Alene this weekend, crews will remain on the water continuing their emphasis through the weekend.

Quaife wants to remind folks they will be looking for boats without the proper safety equiptment.

“The big ones are life jackets, fire extinguishers, a type four throw-able life jacket and a sound producing device,” he said.

He points out there are other requirements depending on the length of the boat and type of propulsion.

“The Coast Guard has an app called ‘Coast Guard’ and you type in both of those pieces of information and it will tell you everything you need to have on your boat,” he said.