Michael Lopez – Cited for Juvenile (Under 12) Not Wearing PFT

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ON 4/22/17 AT APPROX. 1759 HOURS, MICHAEL LUCAS LOPEZ OF LAKE HAVASU CITY WAS STOPPED AND CITED NEAR SIGN 2 IN THE BRIDGEWATER CHANNEL AS HE WAS THE OPERATOR OF A VESSEL TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND THROUGH THE CHANNEL WITH A CHILD ONBOARD NOT WEARING A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE. MICHAEL WENT ON TO STATE THE CHILD WAS HIS SON AND HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD. HE DID NOT REALIZE THAT HIS SON WAS NOT WEARING THE PFD PRIOR TO THE STOP. A SAFETY INSPECTION WAS PERFORMED AND MICHAEL WAS FOUND TO HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN NOT GOOD WORKING ORDER AND NO TYPE FOUR THROWABLE DEVICE. MICHAEL WAS PROVIDED WITH A TYPE FOUR THROWABLE AND HIS VOYAGE WAS ENDED UNTIL HE COULD CORRECT THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER VIOLATION.

MICHAEL FURTHER STATED HE WAS STOPPED AND CITED BY SBSO EARLIER IN THE DAY FOR A REGISTRATION VIOLATION AS HE WAS DISPLAYING HIS HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AND NOT THE PROPER REGISTRATION NUMBERS.




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