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Boat Safety Classes

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I have received a few phone calls from people near Lake Anna who said there was a massive boat crash Saturday night near the Lake Anna Marina. The sheriff’s office or the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released a report about the alleged incident and phone calls so far have not been returned. Joe Boggs, of the Lake Anna Marina, said his security guard witnessed some of the crash and took some pictures. Calls to him are not being answered yet.  Boggs said it is either the worst or second-worst crash on the lake since it opened. Sorry, I don’t have the details yet, but I am trying hard. 

Virginia Boating Safety Education compliance requirements enacted by the General Assembly in 2007 are being phased in over a seven-year period. The first phase, effective July 1, 2009, requires personal watercraft (PWC) operators ages 14 through 20 years old to successfully complete an accredited safe boating course in order to legally operate PWCs. Students successfully completing this or an equivalent approved course will be issued a wallet card, and their names will be entered into the VDGIF database. If those operating PWCs in that age group do not meet this requirement, they may be cited and subject to a fine.

All "Boat Virginia" classes will be held at the Marshall Center in the Spotsylvania Courthouse area, at 8800 Courthouse Road. Each class is from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There are four opportunities to take this class:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

For more information or to pre-register, contact: Dave Aitken at 540-894-0441 or


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  • gramps

    Did or did not the Sheriff or other authority issue a accident report? If not, why not? This “smells” peculiar.

  • dantelvock

    Gramps, this was handled by Game and Inland Fisheries. Small department. They called me late last night but I had left. I’ll have something tonight.

  • gramps

    Aha, so a report of some kind was filed. The blog is really not clear on this point. Thanks for clarifying my confusion Dan.