Watercraft offers new technology.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich joined members from the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Castaic Lifeguards and the community in the dedication of the new “Bravo 4” lifeguard patrol boat at Castaic Lake.
Constructed by D.R. Radon Boat Building, Inc., Bravo 4 is 22 feet long and weighs 5000 lbs with a top speed of 45 mph. The new boat will increase the Castaic Lake Lifeguard rescue fleet to 10 boats.
Bravo 4 safety features include:
A GPS system that can locate boats lost in 100 or more feet of water
A heavy duty pump capable of pumping 200 gallons of water per minute
In 2007, there were more than 20,000 incidents at Castaic Lake, with over 230 swimmers rescued and more than $80 million worth of vessels saved.
“Bravo 4 will be a vital new resource to help save lives,” said Supervisor Antonovich.