(Monsoon approaches Lake Havasu shore–Kalen Marshall Photography)

With the monsoon season upon us, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety wants to remind citizens of the safety concerns while boating on Lake Havasu and the Colorado River.

Monsoons can suddenly appear with heavy rains carried by high winds with scattered dark clouds and lightning. Lightning has been known to strike the water. Heed all warnings issued by the National Weather Service at weather.gov.

Please check the local weather, prior to heading out on the water. If monsoon weather is in the forecast, please consider staying safe and not going on the waterways.

If you are on the water, please be aware of any dark clouds approaching. Ensure everyone is wearing a personal flotation device including the captain. If there seems to be a storm approaching, and it is safe to do so, attempt to get off the water.

If you find yourself in the middle of a monsoon, AGAIN, place everyone on board your vessel in a personal flotation device, then find the nearest safe harbor, and attempt to get there. Safe harbor can be a cove that is out of the wind, the Bridgewater channel, or a marina. Stay in that safe harbor until the storm passes. Do not try to leave during the storm! Being in open water with high winds can be extremely dangerous, and waves on Lake Havasu can get up to five feet high.

Also, be cautious in high winds with boats with low sides, personal watercraft, or smaller length boats.

Please understand that during a monsoon, public safety agencies, including the sheriff’s office, are extremely busy and are usually inundated with calls for service. The sheriff’s office also may have a hard time responding to you during the storm, so please take advance precautions by not putting yourself or your loved ones in that position.

Be safe, have fun, and enjoy our beautiful waterways

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