The prevailing wind in Big Bear Valley is a westerly wind. On June 9, that’s how the day started.
Then the wind shifted and increased, creating a challenge for boaters on Big Bear Lake.
According to Mike Stephenson, general manager of the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the high winds kept the Lake Patrol busy. One boat was swamped and the person in the boat went overboard, Stephenson said. He was quickly rescued by Lake Patrol, which was near the scene.
“He was fine,” Stephenson said, adding that the boater did not require medical aid.
Lake Patrol also captured a boat that had blown away from its mooring, as well as a dock that floated free on the North Shore.
According to Herb Potter, who was fishing in the tournament, several boaters called it a day as soon as the wind came up. “We had water coming over the front of the pontoon boat,” Potter said about the dangerous conditions.
In the end, all was well on Big Bear Lake. The incidents do serve as reminders for owners to check their boat moorings and docks on a regular basis.