WESTERN ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton|
Walnut Access Area:
The Walnut Access Parking lot improvements are nearly complete with only the addition of new lighting and a little landscaping. The lines and traffic flow patterns have been painted and boaters seem very pleased with he improvements.
Know the Area Before You Launch:
Boats are limited to slow, minimum height swell speed in the following areas:
In the area adjacent to the Erie Public Dock, extending from the Erie Sand and Gravel Company on the West to the Continental Grain Company piers on the East. The restricted area will include the Canal Basin and extend northward to the harbor line. (In short, the channel connecting Presque Isle to Lake Erie)
Within the boundaries of Presque Isle State Park, including the waters of Marina and Misery Bays and the waters along the bay and lake shore for a distance of 500 feet from the shore.
Water skiing, other than for the purpose of take off or approach, is prohibited within 500 feet of the shoreline of Presque Isle peninsula.
The anchoring of watercraft in the entrance channel to Horseshoe Pond, Fox Pond, Marina Bay, the Lagoons or the bridge at Misery Bay in a manner that interferes with the public use of these areas or in a manner which creates a hazard to other watercraft is prohibited.
The mooring of boats to any dock, wharf, pier, ship or boat launching facility in a manner that interferes with public use or creates a hazard to other watercraft is prohibited.
Boats are prohibited within 100 feet of designated swimming beaches at Presque Isle State Park.
The internal lagoons from Marina Drive Bridge at the West end of the Long Pond through the northern entrance of Graveyard Pond shall be limited non powered watercraft and electric motors only.
MINNETONKA, Minn. - Authorities recovered the body of a man missing in Lake Minnetonka late Friday following a boat rage incident. Television reports identified the man as Ryan Nustad, 31, of Mound. Rescuers found his body about 11:45 p.m. in the Cruisers' Cove area near Big Island. Two men were taken into custody Friday night and their boat impounded, said Capt. Bill Chandler of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. According to Chandler: Around 7:30 p.m., a man in one boat and two men in another boat began arguing about their driving conduct. The men, who did not know each other, pulled their boats alongside one another. The man leaned into the boat containing the two other men, and one of those two allegedly threw him into the water. As the suspects fled, they drove over the top of the victim, killing him on impact. "The sad part is that this is an incident that didn't have to happen," Chandler said. "There was anger, but they didn't detach from their anger. This is a tragic event of road rage, only on water." Large, uncooperative crowds hampered the rescue and recovery efforts, Chandler said. "Hundreds of boats were rafted together and they refused to move," he said. "They were aggressive; they didn't want to lose their spot to watch fireworks. We even had witnesses who said they didn't want to have to come in to (make) statements and miss fireworks."
CENTRAL COUNTY WCO Tom Edwards / DWCO Bryan Brendley, PHD
As the number of boats on the lake continues to mount, the officers would like to remind everyone that operating a boat can be dangerous. The number of boat accidents this year continues to climb with another accident on the bay in the past week.
A boat accident is defined as causing death, dismemberment, medical attention beyond first aid, disappearance, or damage to the vessel in excess of $2000. If any of these conditions are met, you must contact one of the WCOs immediately. The PA Fish and Boat Commission is charged with investigation of all recreational boating accidents in Commonwealth waters.
Be careful on the water. Be alert and observe conditions that might be rapidly changing. Know your limitations and the limitations of your vessel. Know the "rules of the road." This most recent accident might have been fatal. In some cases, simply slowing down or going into neutral might allow for another vessel to make a safe decision.