Louisa County Sheriff's Office
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is responsible for providing
watercraft and specially trained officers to patrol and respond to emergency
situations on all waterways within the County of Louisa. The waterways include
Lake Anna and Lake Louisa. The Marine Patrol Unit operates under the command
of the Patrol Division Captain. The Marine Unit has two boats and multiple
personal watercrafts to accomplish these tasks.
The officers are also responsible for conducting safety checks on watercraft
and enforcing all boating safety laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Marine
Unit has the ability to assist the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland
Fisheries Police and surrounding agencies in maintaining safe waterways
and to respond to boating accidents or emergencies.
Boating accidents and violations of boating laws involving accidents, are primarily investigated by the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Police. When requested and prior
to the arrival of the DGIF, the Louisa County
Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Units may assist with scene security,
first aid, etc. The Marine unit will/may also assist
surrounding agencies and the
Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries Police in sobriety and safety checking
details on the waterways of Lake Anna and Louisa County.
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit may also assist with
efforts of any Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team. They may
transport the Underwater Search & Recovery Team for drowning victims,
recovery of evidence, and all other times when directed or authorized by
the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Division.
The Marine Unit will enforce all laws pertaining to Boating under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless and/or careless operation of a
vessel, and all other boating and fishing laws of the Commonwealth of
Virginia. If called upon or observed, the Marine Unit will respond to and assist
with any and
all medical emergencies on the water, and lost or disabled boaters. The
Marine Unit also responds to calls for service from residents and
businesses located on the waterways.