Delta Blitz: a multi-agency event to promote safe boating

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and other partner agencies are joining together for Delta Blitz I, Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, to kick off the official start of the recreational boating season.

Delta Blitz I is the first of several on and offshore patrolling efforts aimed at eliminating the escalating number of recreational boating accidents and fatalities in the Bay Area Delta Region. Known as a haven for thousands of California boaters annually, the Delta Region is considered one of the state’s “hot spots” in terms of water recreation, according to the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

Coast Guard water and air units, joined by law enforcement officials from Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin and Sacramento counties, will patrol approximately 25 square miles of the Delta Region. The California Department of Fish & Game, the California Highway Patrol and Suisun Police Department will also be participating in the event.

This weekend is typically one of the most intense and concentrated boating weekends of the year. Boaters on the water, throughout the Delta, can expect on-the-water enforcement of all applicable laws and regulations, and safe-boating tips and reminders. In addition, complimentary vessel examinations will be available at the Discovery Bay Marine and also at the Orwood Resort.

Coast Guard boating statistics show that the overall number of boating-related deaths in recent years fell in California; however, the number of boating accidents has grown. The most common causes of boating accidents include intoxication, careless or reckless operation, passenger behavior and excessive speed.

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