By Logan Hall
Lake Casitas officials are scrambling to protect one of the valley’s water sources after a recreational boat sank in 80 feet of water at an unknown location in the lake.
According to Ron Merckling, spokesman for Casitas, a boat sank sometime on Sunday evening, and the owner, who has not been named by Casitas, left the scene without notifying Casitas personnel. “Another individual of unknown relation to the owner called in yesterday (Monday) and indicated that a boat had sunk,” said Merckling. “The owner of the boat is cooperating at this time.”
Merckling says that protecting the water supply is at the forefront of Casitas’ priorities and specialists will be monitoring the water for any signs of fuel or oil contamination. “We are working to recover the boat as quickly as possible,” he said. “There is no indication that there are water quality concerns and it’s unlikely that it will become an issue. We are going to get our water quality person out there though. We’re just taking the necessary steps at this time.”
Abandoning a vessel in a waterway is illegal according to state harbors and navigation code, but Casitas has not yet indicated if there are any criminal implications for the boat’s owner. Merckling indicated that few details are available at this time, but Casitas employees are working to resolve the issue.