BASS LAKE – With two teenagers having lost their lives in jet ski accidents on the lake this past week, and another person injured just this afternoon, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force over the 4th of July weekend to ensure that everyone has a safe and sane holiday.
Just after 4 p.m. today, a woman was airlifted to a Valley hospital after her leg was injured by a boat propeller.
A woman in her 20s was riding on the front of a boat, fell into the water and went under the boat where her leg was struck by the propeller. This follows two fatal jet ski accidents, one last Saturday, and another this Wednesday, where two teenage boys lost their lives.
With already crowded conditions on the lake, the influx of visitors for the weekend, and the recent series of tragic accidents, the Sheriff’s Office is taking extraordinary measures to make sure everyone enjoys a safe weekend.
“We will be running the Bass Lake basin as an Incident Command operation in order to provide maximum safety for holiday visitors,” says Lt. Bill Ward. “We will be at maximum staffing on the lake as well as in the area around the lake. Other agencies, such as CHP and Cal Fire, will be present and performing enforcement functions.”
With water levels extremely low, effectively reducing the size of the lake by a large percentage, it is even more crucial that those recreating this weekend are familiar with the rules and regulations, and take extra precautions to have a safe weekend.
For more information about the rules of the lake, and how to safely operate your boat or personal water craft, visit http://basslakeca.com/boatinfo.html
For information on marinas, launch ramps, docks, houseboats and boat rentals, plus a comprehensive map of all areas of the lake, visit http://www.californiasgreatestlakes.com/bass/bass_boating.html