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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-7610
Email: mi-records@mercerg. . .
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The mission of the Marine Patrol is the promotion of boating safety and the protection of life and property in the waters surrounding Mercer Island and the cities of Bellevue and Renton. 

We achieve our mission by providing regular boat patrols of the lake and surrounding shoreline, enforcing state and local laws, answering calls for assistance, giving emergency medical aid, suppressing boat and waterfront fires, investigating water related accidents, and educating the public in safe boating practices.

If you have any boating related questions or want boating safety material, please contact us at the following:

Telephone: (206) 275-7953
Fax: (206) 275-7941

Marine Patrol Unit
Mercer Island Police
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040

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Boating Education

The Marine Patrol unit promotes boating safety and education in all facets of their work: boating enforcement contacts, educational literature, boating safety inspections, public presentations and special events.

Key Benefits
The ability to make direct one-on-one contact with the boating public is a great benefit in terms of promoting boating safety. Currently, all boaters in Washington State age 50 and under are required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Washington State approved boating education course to operate a boat with a motor rated over 15 horse power. With an emphasis on boating education before enforcement, our personnel have a wide range of tools to offer the boating public.
 
By maintaining close working relationships with other boating/marine safety organizations, we have helped to promote marine laws and safety rules throughout the entire state.
 
Our boating program is mandated by the Washington State Parks and Recreation commission to provide boating education to the public. We meet this requirement through the following:

  • Boating Safety Classes: Please visit  Adventures in Boating Washington for more information on obtaining your Washington Boater Ed card online.
  • Boating Safety Literature: By developing safety material to hand out during enforcement contacts, at boat shows and community events and demonstrations, we ensure the boating public is informed about the federal, state, and local requirements for boating.
  • Appearances at Public Events: Boat and trade shows, Public Safety Days
  • Community Presentations: Schools and clubs
  • Media Presentations: Interviews and demonstrations

Adventures in Boating - Washington
The Washington State Parks (NASBLA approved) boating safety course is offered online at Adventures in Boating Washington.  This course covers general aspects of boating, Washington State law and boating safety. Topics include boating equipment, marine environment, trip planning, boat operations, personal watercraft, emergency preparedness and much more.
 
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It's the Law!  Mandatory Boater Safety Education

Currently, all boaters in Washington State age 50 and under are required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Washington State approved boating education course to operate a boat with a motor rated over 15 horse power. 
 
To receive a Boater Education Card, boaters must complete the course then submit a copy of their course certificate along with the State Parks application.

In addition to the "Adventures in Boating Washington" class, boaters also have the option to fulfill boater education requirements online. The following organizations offer online courses that are approved by Washington State Parks and meet state mandatory boater education requirements:

Study material needed: Adventures in Boating Handbook
Practice test available: Yes. Practice quizzes are offered after each section and allow unlimited free practice tests.
Pay online for the education card: Yes. The card costs $10 plus a 50-cent handling fee.
Cost: $15 for exam. $15 to retake exam.
Customer Service: (800) 830-2268
Study material needed: Washington Safe Boating Course
Practice test available: No
Pay online for the education card: Yes. The card costs $10
Cost: $24.95 for exam results, exam retake is free.
Customer Service: (866) 764-2628
Study material needed: Boater 101 online manual
Practice test available: Yes. Practice quizzes are offered after each section.
Pay online for the education card: No. Boaters need to mail the application form, copy of completion certificate and $10 fee.
Cost: $15 course and exam. $15 to retake exam.
Customer Service: (866) 764-2628
Study material needed: JetSmart Safety Handbook
Practice test available: Yes. Practice quizzes are offered after each section.
Pay online for the education card: No. Boaters need to mail in application form, copy of completion certificate and the $10 fee.
Cost: No charge
Customer Service: (206) 682-3699
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Public Assistance

The primary duty of the marine patrol is to promote public safety on the water. In fulfilling this mission, it frequently becomes necessary to rescue persons in varying degrees of distress. It is the policy of the Department to provide emergency assistance to prevent loss of life, injury, or damage to property and to assist the public with situations such as the following:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire suppression
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Sinking vessel de-watering.
  • Disabled vessel management.
  • Hazard removal.
  • Installation and maintenance of regulatory and navigational buoys.

Capabilities
From time to time boaters find themselves in some sort of distress. It can be as simple as running out of fuel, not being prepared for the weather, or as complex as a boat accident or some other major catastrophe. With expert training and the right equipment, our marine patrol personnel are able to assist all of the above.

Knowledge and Training
With constant training our personnel are trained to handle every level of distress or emergency response.

Other Resources
We have up-to-date resource lists, and agreements with other agencies to ensure the proper response to assist boaters in any situation.

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Marine Patrol Staffing

The City of Mercer Island has placed a priority on its marine patrol with full-time staffing. The unit is operated with a full-time Marine Patrol Supervisor, and a Marine Patrol Technician and 17 part-time/relief personnel,(which enables the unit to have a 24-hour emergency response).

Key Benefits

  • 24-hour availability, 365 days/year.
  • Professional response to all water related emergencies.

Marine Law Enforcement Officers
All of the officers that work in the marine unit have passed the state law enforcement academy and have worked at least 2 years in the patrol section.

After applying, testing and being asked into the marine unit, the officers complete in-house training as well as the Washington State Boating Officers Academy where they receive specific instruction in marine law enforcement. The officers then return for additional in-house training prior to active patrol work. Officers are also sent to the State Fire Academy for Maritime Firefighting instruction.

A few officers within the unit have received specialized training in the following areas:

  • Boating safety education.
  • Accident and fraud investigation.
  • Boat based water rescue.
  • Dive rescue.
  • Underwater crime scene investigation.

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Vessels

Marine Patrol 11
The 30 foot ALMAR Patrol/Rescue was placed into service in 1997 and was built in Tacoma Washington, by Aluminum Marine Construction Inc. She has a full cabin, large working cockpit, is well suited for dive operation and capable of carrying up to 8 sick or injured people on full backboards.  This vessel is also equipped with fire suppression equipment. This vessel has proven to be a great workhorse in gale-force winds, the demands of Seafair, as well as day-to-day patrols.
 
Marine Patrol 14
SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Washington produced this 31-foot SAFE boat in 2008. The vessel is powered by three 250 hp four stroke outboard engines and has a full walk around cabin. It has a large storage compartments and is fully equipped for and suited to dive operations.  This vessel is equipped with fire suppression equipment and is capable of carrying approximately five sick or injured people on full backboards. This vessel is both fast and incredibly stable, making it an excellent response vessel in all weather/water conditions year round.
 
Marine Patrol 12
SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Washington produced the 23-foot SAFE boat in 1998. The vessel has a radical center helm T-top design. It boasts a large storage area, raked (aerodynamic) windshield, is well suited for dive operations, and is capable of carrying three sick or injured people on full backboards. This vessel is strong and stable, and has proven that its high performance characteristics are well suited for Lake Washington's year-round demands.
 

Contact the Marine Patrol
Marine Patrol Unit
Mercer Island Police
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Telephone: (206) 275-7953
Fax: (206) 275-7941

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