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KCSO participates in Operation Dry Water


From June 30 to July 2, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), along with other Marine Patrols throughout the nation, will be participating in an event called Operation Dry Water. The objective of this event is to raise awareness to the dangers of Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.

KCSO will be out on patrol looking for boaters who get intoxicated while operating a vessel, putting the rest of the boating community in danger, which is very similar to a driver who is intoxicated while driving. The department will also be conducting vessel inspections while patrolling. The KCSO will be looking for proper life jackets, working fire extinguishers, and other safety measure to make sure the boaters are safe. When inspected and the boat has passed inspection, they will be given a 2017 inspection sticker from State Parks, showing that they have been inspected for this year.

If KCSO sees that sticker on the water, you will be left alone, as long as you are not committing any violations, as you have already been inspected. If you would like your boat inspected before you get on the water, you can call Klickitat County Dispatch at 773-4545 and the office can arrange for a boat inspection done at your house or wherever you choose.

If you have any questions, call the Sheriff’s Office at 773-4455 and ask for Deputy Randy Wells or any Marine Patrol Deputy. They will answer any questions you may have or schedule a boat inspection for you.

If you are going to be on the water on those days, be safe and look for KCSO to be out there. Feel free to wave.


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