Coast Guard participates in multi-agency Operation Delta Blitz II

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Coast Guard partnered with state and local law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area Delta Region for Operation Delta Blitz II, 17-18 July 2010.

Delta Blitz II is an inter-agency patrolling effort aimed at decreasing the number of recreational boating accidents and fatalities in the Delta.

The Coast Guard in conjunction with the Contra Costa, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, and San Joaquin Sheriff Departments; as well as, the California Department of Fish & Game, and the Suisun City Police Department patrolled the San Joaquin River to raise public awareness about boating laws and promote boating safety.

The Coast Guard conducted 214 vessel boardings and issued 143 violations, including 8 arrests.

The Sacramento Delta Region is known as a haven for thousands of California boaters, and is considered one of the state’s hot spots for water recreation, according to the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Coast Guard boating statistics show that despite the decrease in the overall number of boating-related deaths, boating accidents remain on the rise.

The most common causes of boating accidents include intoxication, careless or reckless operation, passenger behavior and excessive speed. It is against the law for anyone to operate a vessel under the influence of alcohol. Consumption of alcohol by anyone else aboard is also strongly discouraged.

In efforts to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats and to maximize the safe use and enjoyment of the Delta by the public, boaters throughout the Delta can expect an increased law enforcement presence and on-the-water enforcement of all applicable laws and regulations.

The Coast Guard highly recommends boaters get a free vessel-safety inspection from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. More information on these inspections can be found at
Prior to taking to the water, boaters are encouraged to go to for more complete information on safe boating.

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