San Diego Fourth of July Impounded PWC Sweep

Check this out; on July 4th San Diego Fire Rescue Department’s (SDFR) lifeguards and the San Diego Police Department impounded more than 30 boats. Most of the impounded vessels were PWC.

According to SDFR, most of the taken watercraft were rented illegally within Mission Bay, making them fair game. A business must be licensed and be brick and mortar, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s social media pages. They even went as far as saying that an unlicensed rental place doesn’t have insurance.

Andy, the owner of Seaforth Boat Rentals in Mission Bay has a $5 million dollar insurance policy on his rental equipment. He claims that if there are any issues with his equipment, customers can call him. He has people on standby for emergencies and ways to make to make riding safe and enjoyable. He has several brick-and-mortar locations.

Andy also took a dig at jet ski rental operators who don’t have storefronts. He blamed a couple of jet ski related deaths on rentals from illegal operators. One local commented that the business owners with actual storefronts, have it in for the guys who don’t have physical business locations. That seems obvious with the comments that Andy made.

Furthermore, the police department announced that people under 40 operating a boat or PWC, must have a California Boater Card. Once again, statistics prove that PWC aren’t the dangerous and deadly vessels that many claim them to be: According to a U.S. Coast Guard report released on June 29, “there were 767 boating fatalities nationwide in 2020, a 25.1 percent increase from 2019.” Of the boating fatalities in 2020, 66 were attained to personal watercraft.

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Ocean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

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  1. Steven 9 August, 2021 at 01:19 Reply

    First of all I hate to see anyone have their property impounded. You Run a business be responsible. They drop off the Skis at the ramps making no attempt to hide their unlicensed rental business they also advertise on Offer Up with pictures of the Skis and locations they drop off the Skis. Towing Skis across the bay etc.. The local ordinances require a business license, insurance, a local store front and that the business provide adequate instruction to renters. In California Licensed rental companies are exempt from having boaters and PWC riders obtain the boating card as long as they provide the required instruction to clients. The storefront requirement is obviously there to protect local business and they do contribute to the local economy and tax base it may also be easier to follow up on damage or injuries if a business has a real address. I would imagine If the Ski riders had received instruction they would have known about the training requirement along with rules of the water and safety. I would hate to see someone’s ski or boat damaged, someone injured or someone’s life taken due to someone being irresponsible providing and profiting from renting Ski’s and not being responsible enough to insure them and provide training for the renters.

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