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I The Mission of the Marine Patrol

Introduction, Officer Training & Credentials, Patrol Operation & Priorities

II Public Assistance and Education

Boater Assists, Public Education, Boater Training, Recovered Property

III Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Enforcement Summaries, Regattas & Special Details, Log Bay Day

IV Resource Protection

Water Quality, Vessel Sanitation Inspections, Invasive Species Monitoring

V Accidents and Unusual Incidents

VI Annual Boat Count

VII Acknowledgements

2010 Patrol Roster

Contacting the Patrol

ON THE COVER: The Marine Patrol rescues several

tourists from a sinking rental boat just south of
Dome Island.

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Patrolling the waters of Lake George since 1962, the Lake George Park
Commission’s Marine Patrol has logged its 49th year of continuous service in
2010. Through the years, the Marine Patrol has built up a solid record of
service dedicated to the protection of Lake George and its users.

The primary mission of the Marine Patrol is to promote the safe and enjoyable
use of Lake George. The Marine Patrol accomplishes this primarily by
protecting and educating the public. They also play a key role in protecting the
valuable natural resource that is Lake George. In addition to all that, the Marine
Patrol enforces the New York State Navigation Law, Environmental
Conservation Law, Lake George Park Commission's Rules and Regulations,
and all other laws.

The Lake George Marine Patrol has a very large and diverse area to cover. At
32 miles long, Lake George presents these officers with over 50 square miles of
patrol area, including the shoreline and some 245 islands. Lake George exists
within many different localities, due in part to its large size and shape. There
are three counties (Warren, Washington, and Essex), eight townships (Lake
George, Bolton, Hague, Ticonderoga, Putnam, Dresden, Fort Ann, and
Queensbury) and one village (Lake George) all of which touch the lake and
have a vested interest in it.

The enforcement programs of the Commission are coordinated by its Director of

Law Enforcement, a Supervising Environmental Conservation Officer. This
position exists through a unique agreement with the Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) and is intended to provide consistent
enforcement of the Commission’s regulations throughout the Lake George

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Training and Credentials

The Commission’s Marine Patrol Officers have impressive credentials across a

wide range of professional disciplines. They come from careers in such areas as
law enforcement, education, and recreation management. Many of them come
with prior emergency services experience. Officers are recruited to provide the
Marine Patrol with a deep and diversified mix of expertise in such fields as
supervision, enforcement, first-aid, rescue, firefighting, and vessel operation.

As certified peace officers, all Marine Patrol Officers are required to successfully
complete a basic training course approved by the NYS Division of Criminal
Justice Services, Bureau of Municipal Police. To supplement this, yearly "in-
service" schools are conducted to review subjects of particular interest and
importance to our officers.

Patrol Operations and Priorities

The Marine Patrol consists of ten uniformed patrol officers and two experienced
sergeants. The Marine Patrol operates seasonally from early May to late
October. Full time operations occur from late June through Labor Day with a
maximum of eight patrol vessels on duty, both day and night.

Patrols are dispatched through 911 by the Warren County Sheriff's Department.
The Marine Patrol also monitors marine channel 16 for direct contact with the
boating public. The patrol boats range in length from 19 to 23 feet and are
equipped with radios, fire pumps, emergency gasoline, and other necessary
equipment. The boats are assigned to patrol within zones to minimize response
times to any given section of the lake.

Environmental Conservation Officers Mike Trottier and Steve Stubing were

assigned to the Lake George Park Commission starting with the 2008 season.
They have been working with the Marine Patrol in the summer and have been
patrolling the lake continuously throughout the year via boat and snowmobile.
Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are police officers with statewide
authority to enforce all laws. ECOs typically concentrate on enforcing the New
York State Environmental Conservation Law (which includes the Commissions
rules and regulations). Mike and Steve have done an excellent job supporting

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and supplementing the Marine Patrol, both on and off the water. As a result, the
general public has received a much higher level of service.

The Patrol began the 2010 season on May 22nd with three patrol vessels
operating on weekends. Beginning on June 26th, the Marine Patrol operated at
full strength, seven days a week until Labor Day. Seven patrol vessels were on
duty Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. As in past years, a two person
night patrol unit operated on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. During the week,
there was an average of four patrol vessels on the lake. After Labor Day, the
Marine Patrol reverted back to three vessels operating on weekends until
Columbus Day.

The end result of a contractor’s sloppy paint job. ECO Steve

Stubing investigated this incident and ticketed the responsible
parties. They were fined $1000 by the court.

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The Marine Patrol's priorities are as follows:

Public Assistance and Education

Assistance to Stranded Boaters

Vessel Safety Inspections
Dissemination of Maps and Publications
NYS Safe Boating Course Training
First Aid and Rescue
Fire Suppression
Removal of Hazards
Lost/Stolen Property Recovery

Law Enforcement and Public Safety

NYS Navigation Law

LGPC Rules and Regulations
LGPC and NYS Vessel Registration
Vessel Noise and Speed Laws
BWI and Other Unsafe Operations
Restricted Use Zone Monitoring
Special Security and Regatta Details
Regulated Recreational Activity Monitoring
Vessel Accident Investigation
Assistance to Other Agencies

Resource Protection

Water Quality Monitoring (Lake and Tributaries)

Vessel Sanitation Checks
Invasive Species Reporting
Protection of Fish, Wildlife and State Lands

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In 2010, a total of 4393 officer hours were logged including all patrol and non-
patrol hours. During this period, the officers documented 1716 contacts with the
public. These contacts included, 372 assists to boaters, 130 complaints, 17
vessel noise tests, 10 accident investigations, 405 cruiser sanitary inspections,
and 1290 warnings for minor violations. A total of 240 appearance tickets were
issued. The Marine Patrol keeps careful track of all data related to its daily
activities. These statistics help identify areas of special concern and assist in
determining future patrol needs


Boater Assists

The Commission places a high priority on responding to the needs of the

boating community with education, high visibility and availability. As stated
earlier, the primary mission of the Marine Patrol is to promote the safe and
enjoyable use of the lake. The Marine Patrol provides assistance to the boating
public in a variety of ways. These include, but are not limited to; the
dissemination of maps, decals and other Commission publications, providing
courtesy gas and emergency towing, initiating first aid and rescue, performing
vessel and forest fire suppression, removing navigational hazards, recovering
lost or stolen property and much more.

The Marine Patrol monitors marine channel 16 for direct contact with the boating
public. The patrol boats are equipped with first aid equipment, police radios, fire
pumps, emergency gasoline, and other necessary equipment. The boats are
assigned to patrol within zones to minimize response times to any given section
of the lake. These boats actively patrol all areas of the lake. They are highly
visible and accessible to the public.

It is important to remember that many hours of assistance and response do not

get captured in any statistical analysis of the patrol’s activity, yet they have a
profound effect on public safety, public perception, cooperation, and overall
protection of our lake.

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Public education will always be

a priority for the Commission.
Vessel informational decals,
PWC regulation decals, Lake
George Boaters Maps, posters
and regulation information are
distributed to the boating public
by the Marine Patrol and the
Commission’s participating
vendors. Officers continue to
dispense the Commission’s full
color, laminated informational
posters which were designed to Every passenger holds up a lifejacket during a
be displayed at public locations routine safety check by the patrol.
across the lake basin. They
are intended to inform lake users as to the laws, rules and regulations, common
navigational aids, necessary vessel equipment and operational information
which apply on Lake George. Copies of the posters can be obtained from any
Marine Patrol Officer or by contacting the Commission office.

New York State Safe Boating Course Instruction

The Lake George Park Commission continues to maintain its leading role in
offering the New York State Safe Boating Course free of charge to lake users.
Any youth between the ages of 10 and 18 who wishes to operate a vessel (not a
PWC) without an adult present must first earn this “boater safety certificate.” As
of 2004 all operators of personal watercraft (PWC) must complete this course in
order to legally operate a PWC in New York. The New York State Safe Boating
Course now trains youths and adults with a minimum of eight hours of classroom
training. Subjects covered include: safe operation, seamanship, the rules of the
road, required equipment, buoy identification, accidents and special activities.

This year, classes were scheduled and published on the Commission’s website,
as well as on the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
website. Six free classes were held this year, spread throughout the early

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summer. Thanks to their dedicated efforts, the Marine Patrol succeeded in
educating and training about 100 lake users this season. Demand continues to
increase for this training, meaning an increasing demand on Commission

Recovered Property

The Marine Patrol recovered lost and/or stolen property valued at more than
$45,000 during the 2010 season. Every year an assortment of missing vessels,
canoes, PWC’s, etc. are routinely located by the patrol. In addition, a wide
variety of smaller items such as knee boards, waterskis, lifejackets, tubes, etc.,
are often recovered by the patrol. Any lake user who loses an item on or around
the lake should check with the Marine Patrol to see if the item has been found or
turned in.


The Marine Patrol enforces the New York State Navigation Law, Environmental
Conservation Law, Lake George Park Commission's rules and regulations, and
all other laws on and around Lake George. In addition to this, the Marine Patrol
provides a crucial public safety function by acting as security at all the lake’s
official and unofficial events.

BWI Enforcement

People should take BWI just as seriously

as they do DWI, if not more so, since
alcohol is a major contributor to boating
accidents and fatalities. A first conviction
for BWI is a misdemeanor with hefty fines
and possible jail time. A second conviction
increases BWI to felony status. Alcohol
and drugs cause poor coordination,
impaired judgment, and slower reaction
times. Most people have less experience
operating a boat than a vehicle, which An intoxicated operator
makes drinking even more dangerous on is taken off the lake.
the water. Another important factor is the effect the sun has
on a person’s body. On the water, the sun feels less intense
than it actually is, and drinking a cold alcoholic beverage
makes you feel like you’re hydrating your body, even though
you’re not. This means you can end up being surprised by
how high your alcohol concentration is after a day of drinking
out in the sun on the lake. The Marine Patrol is vigilant in
enforcing New York’s BWI laws and keeping the lake safe for
all its users. Every officer has gone through the NYS
Impaired Boaters Recognition Course and is certified in field
sobriety testing. They take every opportunity to educate
operators about the effects of alcohol and drugs on vessel
operation. Sobriety checkpoints, night patrols and extra
patrols at special events have all had a positive deterrent
effect on boating while intoxicated on Lake George.

Vessel Exhaust Noise Enforcement

The Marine Patrol continues to fairly and actively enforce the NYS Navigation
Law’s statewide standards for vessel exhaust noise. All Marine Patrol Officers
are trained and certified in vessel exhaust noise measurement. Over the past
few years, there has been a significant drop in vessel noise violations on Lake
George. This seems to indicate that the Marine Patrol has done a very good job
in educating the public and “getting the word out” that extremely loud boats will
not be tolerated on Lake George. It remains to be seen if this trend will continue.
Vessel exhaust noise enforcement involves a significant commitment of time
and effort by our patrol and will continue to be monitored closely in future

Vessel Speed Enforcement

In 1990, the Commission established a maximum daytime speed limit of 45 mph

and a maximum nighttime speed limit of 25 mph on Lake George. In addition,
there are designated “no wake” zones with a 5 mph maximum in numerous
areas around the lake. When the Commission enacted these speed regulations,
many boats could not exceed 45 mph. In recent years, however, faster boats
have become more common and excessive speed has become a greater
concern. Naturally, lake conditions will always dictate safe and prudent

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operating speeds. The
maximum limit may be
completely inappropriate at
times, especially under
conditions such as heavy
congestion, rough seas, fog, etc.
Operation at a speed not
reasonable for lake conditions is
considered Reckless Operation
under NYS Navigation Law,
regardless of speed limits.
Marine Patrol Officers are speed
radar certified and equipped with
sophisticated radar units. There Sgt. VanAnden checks a vessel’s speed using a
portable radar unit.
has been a steady increase in
speed related violations over the
past several years. Speed enforcement details will continue to be conducted
every season to help curb speed violations and unsafe operation.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Enforcement

The Lake George Park Commission administers Special Navigation Regulations

which pertain to the operation of Personal Water Crafts on Lake George. They
apply only on Lake George and are above and beyond the requirements of the
NYS Navigation Law. These regulations set operational requirements such as
limiting the hours of operation of PWCs to between 8am and 7pm and
prohibiting the operation of PWCs at speeds in excess of 5 mph within 500 feet
of shore. The presence of these additional regulations on Lake George requires
constant education and enforcement due to the ever-changing lake user
population. PWC’s were approximately 5% of the total vessels on the lake in
2010. Out of a total of 240 tickets issued by the Patrol, 85 tickets were issued
for offenses which involved a PWC. Tickets written for operating a PWC without
a boater’s safety certificate are responsible for about half of these tickets.

Regattas and Special Details

A Regatta is defined in the law as any “organized water event of limited duration
which is conducted according to a pre-arranged schedule, in which general

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public interest is manifested.” Any organization or individual wishing to conduct
an organized activity on any of the navigable waters of the state must apply for a
regatta permit. The Department of Environmental Conservation handles this
function within the Adirondack Park, which includes Lake George. The Marine
Patrol provided security and assistance at a wide variety of regattas and other
special events in 2010. The following is a list of the more significant ones.

The IROW Milford D. Lester Memorial Cup Rowing Race held on May 22nd.

The Queens Great Boat Race held on May 22nd.

The Lake George Donzi Classic Club Spring Dust Off held on June 19th.

The New England Wakeboard Tour held on July 11th.

The Lake George Antique Classic Boat Show held on August 21st.

The Lake George Vintage Race Boat Regatta held on September 25th.

As in previous years, the Marine Patrol provided security and public safety at the
July 4th fireworks shows in both Bolton Landing and Lake George Village.
Regular patrols were also provided at the weekly fireworks show held in Lake
George Village every Thursday night.

Log Bay Day

Once again the Marine Patrol performed a vital public safety function at “Log
Bay Day,” held on July 26th. This event originated as an unsanctioned public
amusement provided by members of the local entertainment scene. It has
historically resulted in hundreds of boats tying up in Shelving Rock Bay to listen
to a live band playing from a floating barge. In 2005 the known sponsors and
participants in this event were advised by both the Commission and the DEC
that permits were required for this type of event and that those requirements
would be enforced. Since that time, Log Bay Day has become a “word of mouth”
event with no known organizers. One worrisome development is the existence
of a Facebook website for Log Bay Day. This could have a negative impact on
future events, as it allows for easy coordination and networking among young
people. Time will tell if this is the case.

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The combined
w a t e r b o r n e
enforcement det ail
consisted of the
Commission’s Marine
Patrol, along with NYS
Conservation Police,
NYS Troopers, and
Warren County Sheriff’s
Officers. A total of 9
law enforcement
vessels and 4 PWCs
were utilized to provide
public safety and law
enforcement at the Sgt. DeLappa, Lt. Crain and ECO LaPoint provide
event. first aid for an unconscious female at Log Bay Day.
Alcohol poisoning was determined to be the cause.

This year’s Log Bay Day kept our officers very busy and seemed very close to
last year in overall activity. There were no major accidents this year and only
one serious injury, however there were several more fights noted than in 2009
and 2008. This is a worrisome trend. An estimated 350 to 400 boats were in
attendance with probably 900 to 1100 attendees at the height of the event, a
slight increase from 2009 and 2008.

Here is a summary of Marine Patrol arrests and other significant activities:


BWI/BWAI 4 First Aid assists 7

Disorderly Conduct 9 Fights broken up 21
Resisting Arrest 2 Stranded vessel assists 3
Underage drinking 1 Rescues 4
Littering, water quality 3 Accidents reported 0
No registration/User Fee 4 Warnings issued 39

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PUBLIC Courtesy Gas 13

ASSISTANCE Vessel Tows 49
Other Stranded Boaters 61
First Aid 11
Ambulance/Rescue Called 9
Reported Drowning 3
Searches 5
Fires 2
Boater Assists 372
Assists to Outside Agencies 59


ENFORCEMENT Arrests/Citations – Navigation Law 110
Arrests/Citations – All Other Laws 129
PWC Citations 85
BWI Arrests (includes TOTs) 9
Vessel Noise Citations 2
Vessel Noise Tests 17
Complaints Addressed 130
Accidents Investigated 10
Accident Fatalities (WCSD) 1
Regattas Patrolled 32
Warnings Issued 1290

SANITARY On Water 307

At Marina 75

VESSEL CONTACTS Includes All Other Contacts 1716

RECOVERED Stolen/Lost Vessel 4

PROPERTY Stolen/Lost Motor 0
Stolen/Lost Other 5
Property Recovered 9

Property $ Value $45,000


VIOLATIONS 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

Total Vessel PWC Total Vessel PWC Total Vessel PWC Total Vessel PWC Total Vessel PWC

No Lake User Fee 25 13 12 29 20 9 39 31 8 26 23 3 24 19 5
Unregistered Vessel 28 25 5 37 29 8 24 18 6 18 17 1 18 13 5
Lifejacket Violations 26 21 5 26 26 0 34 31 3 27 24 3 23 22 1
Other Equipment Violations 6 6 0 1 1 0 3 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 1
Vessel Noise Violations 2 2 0 4 4 0 18 18 0 25 25 0 37 37 0
Speed - Restricted Area 12 2 10 16 7 9 12 1 11 11 6 5 25 8 17
Exceed Speed Limit 14 14 0 4 3 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 6 6 0
Boating While Intoxicated 8 8 0 4 4 0 4 3 1 6 6 0 4 3 1
Reckless/Unsafe Operation 3 2 1 6 3 3 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Skiing/Towing Violations 19 18 1 9 7 2 13 12 1 15 10 5 15 13 2
No Boater Safety Certificate 37 0 37 38 1 37 40 0 40 32 0 32 25 0 25
PWC After Hours 11 0 11 9 0 9 2 0 2 9 0 9 13 0 13
Other Operation Violations 10 10 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 2
Water Quality, Littering, etc. 7 3 1 8 5 0 1 1 0 5 4 0 4 2 0
Fishing, State Lands, etc. 22 18 2 12 6 1 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Underage Alcohol 1 1 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disorderly Conduct, etc. 8 4 0 2 1 0 4 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
All Others 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 147 85 211 121 79 211 137 74 182 122 59 197 123 72

All Other 
Environmental  Registration & 
Conservation  User Fee Violations
Violations 22%

Boaters Safety  Lifejacket Violations
Certificate Violations 11%

Safe Operation 
Alcohol Related  Violations
Violations Vessel Speed 

Water Quality and Other Conservation Concerns

Lake George is classified as a Class AA

Special body of water under NYS
Environmental Conservation Law. This is
the highest classification standard given
and Lake George is the only water body in
the state to be listed as such. The lake is
still used as drinking water by many of its local residents. It is well known as
one of the cleanest lakes in the country and the Marine Patrol works hand-in-
hand with the DEC to enforce the many laws which keep it that way.

Lake George is also renowned for its wonderful sport fishing opportunities.
Trout, Salmon, Bass, Pike and other popular sport fish are plentiful and anglers
come here from all over the country to try their luck. The Marine Patrol works
closely with the Environmental Conservation
Police enforcing the laws that pertain to
recreational fishing.

Lake George is also a very popular destination for campers and picnickers.
New York State owns over 200 of the islands that exist on the lake and allows
camping and/or picnicking on most of them. In addition, the state owns a large
portion of the land on the lake’s east side, which is classified as forest preserve.
The Marine Patrol remains vigilant in watching out for fire hazards, illegal tree
cutting, littering, and other disturbances that might impact the natural resources
of Lake George both on the islands and the lake shore.

Vessel Sanitary Inspections

The Commission’s regulations prohibit the launching and operating of any

vessel on Lake George which is not permanently sealed to prevent the
discharge of wastewater into the lake. This regulation is unique to Lake George
and many boaters that come here for the first time are unaware of this
requirement. The Marine Patrol makes every effort to educate the public about
this very important regulation. Every year the Marine Patrol performs hundreds

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of voluntary sanitary inspections on the lake and informs
boaters on how best to comply with this regulation. Vessels
in compliance with the law are given a complimentary decal
to display on their vessel. These decals have become very
popular with the boating public and many boaters actively
seek out the Marine Patrol in order to have an inspection done and obtain one.

Invasive Species Monitoring

The Marine Patrol continues to disseminate information

to the boating public on invasive species. All officers
are supplied with information kits which contain useful,
easy to understand information on the precautions every
boater should take to prevent the spread of invasive
species. Commission regulations prohibit the launching vessels unless both the
vessel and trailer are looked over and all traces of marine life removed. As
always, the Marine Patrol is on the lookout for situations which involve the
potential for spreading invasive species.


The Marine Patrol investigated a total of 10 vessel accidents this season and a
wide variety of calls for assistance. These are some of the more unusual

A Courageous Effort
On May 31st,Marine Patrol Sergeant Cindy DeLappa was on routine patrol when
she heard a distress call broadcast over the Warren County EMS channel. The
dispatcher was calling for any available patrol vessel to check for an overturned
canoe in the area of the Sun Castle Resort in the Town of Lake George. Sgt.
DeLappa was there in less than 10 minutes and was the first officer to arrive on
the scene. She could see the overturned canoe about 100 yards from shore.
One of the occupants of the canoe had made it to shore and was yelling to Sgt.
DeLappa to save his friend, who had not surfaced. Apparently neither man
could swim very well. Sgt. DeLappa could see the man lying motionless on the
bottom in approximately 12’-15’ of water. With little regard for her own personal
safety, Sgt. DeLappa dove into the water and brought the man up to the

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surface. For several minutes, Sgt. DeLappa used her water rescue skills to
keep herself afloat and the victim’s head above water until help arrived. When
the North Queensbury Fire Department and Warren County Sheriff’s vessels
arrived, they assisted Sgt. DeLappa with getting the victim on her vessel. CPR
was performed, but unfortunately the victim could not be revived. Nevertheless,
Sgt. DeLappa’s brave and decisive action gave the victim a fighting chance.
Sgt. DeLappa was awarded the Commission’s Medal of Honor for her
courageous actions while attempting to save a man’s life with full knowledge of
the life threatening risk involved.

Operation Dry Water – Part 1&2

On June 26th, the

Marine Patrol, along
with ECO Stubing and
Trottier, participated in
a statewide detail to
address the issue of
boating while
intoxicated. Dubbed
Operation Dry Water,
this detail was done
across the state by the
NY State Police and The Marine Patrol checks a vessel at night during
Operation Dry Water
other agencies. The
Marine Patrol and Encon Police worked from 4pm until midnight on Lake
George, primarily in the Lake George Village area. Although it turned out to be
a damp evening with some scattered showers, the officers still managed to
check 38 vessels. In all, 2 BWI arrests were made, 11 tickets were written, and
27 warnings were issued for minor violations.

On August 14th, the ECOs and the Marine Patrol performed a BWI detail on their
own, this time in the Ticonderoga area. Many people were surprised to see this
level of enforcement so far north on the lake and the Marine Patrol received
many positive compliments. One BWI arrest was made and 10 tickets were
issued for various other violations. A total of 60 vessels were checked and 30
warnings were issued for minor offenses.

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Dangerously Overloaded Vessel
On June 27th, Sgt. VanAnden and ECO LaPoint responded to a 911 call about a
sinking boat out on the lake. When they arrived, they found that the boat was
obviously overloaded, which caused it to take on water over the sides. There
was also a large sheen of gas and oil on the lake surface. After successfully
rescuing all 15 passengers, the boat operator was interviewed and DEC Spills
Response was called. After noting several gross violations of Navigation Law,
the operator was ticketed for reckless operation. The petroleum spill was taken
care of by the DEC Spills Team.

Bathtub Dumpers Get Caught

In early July, ECO Steve Stubing received a tip that an
old clawfoot bathtub had been dumped in Lake George
near Turtle Island. The incident, which occurred just
after dark, was witnessed by a DEC Park Ranger. As the
ranger watched from a distance, three men dumped the
tub overboard in about 20 feet of water and then went
back to their camp. The next day, ECO Stubing went to
the camp and saw that renovations were being done but
nobody was home. For the next several days, the
Marine Patrol kept an eye on the camp. At the first sign
of people, they notified Stubing and gave him a ride to
the camp. As they approached, three men came out to
The tub, as seen from
the dock looking a bit nervous. ECO Stubing raised his the surface
finger to the men and said, “What you did was very
stupid.” One of the men immediately put his hands in the air and said, “We’re
sorry, we’re sorry!” Stubing ticketed all three men for misdemeanor dumping.
The men removed the tub from the lake the next day. They were fined $750 in
Bolton Town Court.

Parasail Problems Persist

On July 3rd, MPO Johns was watching the parasail vessels operated by National
Watersports when he saw a boat drive between the tow vessel and the raft.
The parasail’s tow line got caught in the boat’s prop and both the parasail
customer and an employee on the raft were thrown into the water. MPO Johns
got both people out of the water safely and assessed their conditions. They had
a few bumps and bruises, but were ok.

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A Long Night For Joe
Also on July 3rd, MPO Johns received a late night call about a vessel accident
that just occurred in Hague. Apparently, someone coming back from the
fireworks show had misjudged the location of Scotch Bonnet Island and ran his
boat right up on the rocks. MPO Johns got there quickly and assisted Hague
EMS. Fortunately there were no serious injuries. MPO Johns filled out the
accident report and made sure that the boat was not leaking fuel before finally
going home at about 2:00am.

Smoke on the Water

On July 6th, Sgt. VanAnden was drawn to a fickering light on Speaker Heck
Island at about 10pm. When he arrived, he saw that there was a vessel on fire
at the docks. It was more smoke than fire, so VanAnden quickly extinguished it.
Sgt. Van Anden safely towed the vessel back to the Village of Lake George and
sent the 2 adults and 6 children on their way.

Rescue and More Rescue

On July 11th, MPO Bob Sutphen spotted two men in the water near a capsized
canoe just south of Rock Dunder Island. He quickly made his way over and
rescued the tired men, who had been treading water for a while. MPO Sutphen
righted their canoe and brought the two men back to Huletts Landing with their
canoe in tow.

On July 24th, Sgt. DeLappa and MPO Andersen were flagged down around dusk
by a PWC operator who was not only lost, but sinking. The officers brought him
on board their vessel and towed his PWC back to the rental house he was
staying at.

Sgt. DeLappa and Lt. Caifa

assisted these troubled

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Another Sinking Vessel Rescue
On August 2nd, heavy winds were creating quite a bit of chop on the lake. MPO
VanNess and MPO Smith responded to a distress call from a vessel that had
taken water over the bow and was sinking. The officers were only minutes
away and arrived in time to get all 7 passengers, including three children, off the
boat safely before it completely sunk. Using their fire pumps, the officers
pumped out the boat and towed it back to shore, along with the 7 passengers.

Charter Boat Detail was Successful

In mid August, the Encon Police and Marine Patrol set out to check on the many
commercial fishing charter boats that operate on Lake George. Most of these
vessels haven’t been checked in many years and the results were an eye
opener. Out of the 10 charter vessels checks, 5 had violations, including two
that were operating without a DEC Guides License and one that failed to make
sure their customers had fishing licenses. It took the officers about 5 days to
track down all 10 vessels, which represent most, but not all of the commercial
fishing boats on the lake. In total, 7 tickets and 8 warnings were issued.

Help is on the Way

On August 14th, MPO Neeley was flagged down by a vessel containing an
injured 7 year old child in Dunham’s Bay. When he arrived at the family vessel,
he found the child in extreme pain with a 4 inch rusty nail through the right foot.
MPO Neeley called for an ambulance and performed first aid on the child. He
then escorted the vessel to shore, where he kept the boy calm and distracted
from his injury until the ambulance arrived.

Marine Patrol Officers and

Environmental Conservation
Officers pump out a sunken vessel.
Fortunately, no gas or oil escaped
into the lake.

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Tree Injures Camper
On August 22nd, severe thunderstorms passed through Lake George and Long
Island was especially hard hit. First, MPO Mitchell responded to a report of two
sailboats up on the rocks near the island. After handling that issue, he
responded to a report of an injured camper on site #6 who was struck by a
falling tree. Upon arrival, he found the man with an injured right arm and ribs.
MPO Mitchell provided basic first aid and transported the man and his family to
Gilchrist Marina, where an ambulance was waiting. Concerned for the safety of
all the campers, Sgt. VanAnden and MPO Neeley evacuated the surrounding
sites until the storms had passed.

Contaminated Vessel Caught Before Launching

On August 27th, Sgt. Van Anden and MPO Johns responded to an invasive
species complaint at Norowal Marina. When they arrived, the officers found a
vessel that was literally covered in zebra mussels. Under the direction of the
patrol officers, the vessel’s owner attempted to remove all the zebra mussels.
After about 20 minutes, it became apparent that the vessel was not going to be
safe to launch without some risk of contamination to the lake. Sgt. VanAnden
and MPO Johns sent the man away, but gave him information on where he
could go to rent a boat so he could still enjoy his vacation. He gladly trailered
the boat back to Saratoga and then came back later in the day to start his

Loud, Fast and Out of Gas

On September 18th, MPO Johns was running radar on the lake when he clocked
a very loud vessel doing 79 miles per hour. That is almost twice the legal speed
limit on Lake George. When Johns finally got the 39 foot, cherry red cigarette
boat stopped, the operator was not only unapologetic but downright rude as
well. Despite his yelling and generally uncooperative behavior, MPO Johns was
professional and courteous while writing the violator his speeding ticket. While
he was writing, Sgt VanAnden came over to lend an assist and perform a vessel
noise test on the loud boat. Unfortunately, the test could not be completed, as
the violator’s vessel ran out of gas. He sheepishly accepted a tow back to his

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Close Call at Calves Pen
On September 24th, MPO Neeley and MPO Paccione responded to a man
overboard distress call near the popular diving spot known as the Calves Pen.
When the officers arrived, they found a father and his two young daughters
treading water. Apparently, the two girls had left the vessel and swam over to
the Calves Pen to dive from the rocks. On their way back to the vessel, they
grew tired and one girl appeared to be in trouble. Seeing this, her father jumped
in the water and tried to help her, however he made three mistakes: 1) he
couldn’t swim very well, 2) he had no lifejacket with him, and 3) he didn’t take
into account that the boat would drift away with nobody left on board to operate
it. As he swam to his daughters, he was quickly overcome by fatigue and
started to slowly drown. MPO Neeley and MPO Paccione arrived just in time
and assisted several onlookers with getting all three victims out of the water.
Sgt. DeLappa just barely saved the drifting vessel from ending up on the rocks
near shore. The young girls were ok, but the father was only semi-coherent and
extremely exhausted. MPO Neeley and MPO Paccione kept him stable and
transported him to Pilot Knob Marina, where the rescue squad was waiting.
There is no doubt that a tragedy was averted by everyone’s quick actions.

MPOs Neeley and Paccione to the rescue

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Every year the Marine Patrol conducts a very labor intensive count of the
number of vessels on and around the lake. This “annual boat count” attempts to
capture and depict general trends in vessel numbers for the current year and
compare them to previous years. The annual boat count is always taken during
the month of August. Although the Marine Patrol endeavors to conduct the
count at the same time, on the same kind of day and in the same manner each
year, this count should not be mistaken for an absolute census of the number of
boats present on the lake. Instead, the boat count should be seen as a general
indicator of the trends in lake usage.

Annual Boat Count — Ten Year Trend

Year Inboards & I/O's Outboards Sailboats Rowboats/Canoes PWCs Airplanes Totals

2010 4,991 1,394 751 2,791 542 2 10,471

2009 5,149 1,147 722 2,751 444 1 10,214

2008 5,015 1,413 676 2,930 460 1 10,495

2007 5,010 1,346 895 2,902 501 0 10,654

2006 5,163 1,400 814 2,798 565 1 10,741

2005 5,291 1,402 881 2,751 587 1 10,913

2004 5,003 1,621 893 2,426 573 1 10,517

2003 5,372 1,634 1,050 2,792 668 1 11,517

2002 5,442 1,833 1,095 2,317 770 0 11,457

2001 5,381 1,680 1,172 2,685 807 1 11,726

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Rowboats/ PWC' Air-

Inboards& I/O’s Outboards Sailboats Canoes s planes TOTALS

North of Sabbath Day Pt.

to Ticonderoga Bridge 481 206 182 590 77 0 1536

Ticonderoga Bridge East

Shore to Bluff Head 305 143 77 298 49 0 872

North of Veteran's Beach

to Montcalm Point 280 72 30 190 36 1 609

Bluff Head East Shore to

14 Mile Island 192 78 45 112 8 0 435

North of Montcalm Point

to Sabbath Day Point 53 25 8 37 12 0 135

The Narrows 49 22 3 22 6 0 102

Mother Bunch Islands 11 6 3 3 4 0 27

14 Mile Channel to
Harris Bay Yacht Club 766 141 121 540 72 1 1641

Harris Bay Yacht Club to

Million Dollar Beach 468 74 54 317 58 0 971

Million Dollar Beach to

Fish Point 823 185 86 476 132 0 1702

North of Fish Point to

Veteran’s Beach 305 81 29 136 21 0 572

Sagamore Docks (Green

Island) 55 30 3 24 2 0 114

Long Island, Speaker

Heck & Diamond Island 24 8 2 4 0 0 38

Marinas 1179 323 108 42 65 0 1717

TOTALS 4991 1394 751 2791 542 2 10471


The support given by the Department of Environmental Conservation is critical

in enabling the Marine Patrol to function. By providing the Commission with a
Supervising Environmental Conservation Officer to run the enforcement
program and two Environmental Conservation Officers dedicated to patrolling
the Lake George Park, they ensure that the Marine Patrol functions as well as, if
not better than, any other law enforcement unit. The Department of
Environmental Conservation’s Division of Law Enforcement also provides
additional support for special details and larger events such as Log Bay Day.

The Department of Environmental Conservation's staff at the Green Island

Maintenance Facility does an excellent job servicing and maintaining all the
Marine Patrol vessels every year.

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has always
provided the Marine Patrol with valuable training opportunities.

The New York State Troopers and Warren County Sheriff Deputies work closely
with the Marine Patrol all summer and provide critical support.

Enough can’t be said about the professionalism and dedication of Lake George
Park Commission’s Marine Patrol Officers. The Marine Patrol has been
charged with a very great responsibility. They provide assistance, education
and quality enforcement to all of the lake’s visitors. This is a responsibility that
these exceptional men and women take very seriously, and it shows. Year after
year, positive comments regarding the Marine Patrol are both common and well
deserved. They are the most visible ambassadors of the Lake George Park
Commission are directly responsible for the continued success of the Marine
Patrol program. The Marine Patrol enjoys a high percentage of returning
officers from season to season. This veteran crew becomes a greater asset
each season with the compounded experience and training gained each year.

Officer Glenn Mitchell (3rd year) Lieutenant Tom Caifa (3rd year)
Officer Joe Johns (10th year) Officer Angelo Paccione (3rd year)
Sergeant Ray VanAnden (6th year) Officer Bill VanNess (9th year)
Officer Bob Sutphen (7th year) Officer Dayton Dedrick (7th year)
Officer Francis Neeley (6th year) Officer Frank Fontana (11th year)
Officer Scott Andersen (18th year) Sergeant Cindy DeLappa (20th year)
Officer Paul Smith (10th year)

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Lake George Park Commission
75 Fort George Road, PO Box 749
Lake George, New York 12845
Phone: 518-668-9347
Fax: 518-668-5001



MARINE RADIO CHANNEL 16 Request “Marine Patrol”


(Warren County Sheriffs Dept)


(toll free, 24 hr dispatch)



(Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm)




NYSDEC – Warrensburg Office 623-1200

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