LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Monday would have been Log Bay Day on Lake George; however, law enforcement agencies have made it abundantly clear that the party is over.
Several agencies were on the lake, land, and in the skies making sure the party that was linked to the death of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue in 2016 never happens again.
In years past, the entire bay would be filled with boaters and people partying, but this year’s patrols are making sure that comes to an end.
Boaters said they felt safer now that Log Bay Day is over.
“I think it’s a great idea what they’re doing. You can’t be too safe while you’re on the water.”
“It’s always been kind of a Wild West when you have your boat.”
The cancellation of the massive party came after McCue was killed on Lake George last summer. The man responsible was intoxicated boater Alex West, who was at the party earlier that day.
“I think that for a couple years now they’ve needed a reason to break it up and this is much more than what is sufficient to cancel it.”
Joe Johns is the law enforcement director with the Lake George Park Commission and says the elevated patrols have worked.
“Two or three boats have tried to come in,” he said. “We explained to them the bay is closed.”
Johns said everyone is cooperating and that State Police Air Patrols are making sure the party doesn’t happen somewhere else.
He said the shutdown of the party is a long time coming.
“I think it’s much safer today, and I think it’s safer overall,” he said. “We’re really cracking down on the boating while intoxicated.”
As the sun set on Monday, patrols remained on the lake.
“People in this state, in this area, know you better be careful on Lake George because they’re watching, and that’s a good thing,” Warren Co. Sheriff Bud York said.
While most heeded his warning, York said some people were more daring. At nightfall, four more were arrested for BWI.
The four new arrests are on top of the 13 so far this summer. The Lake George Park Commission is looking for boaters with their lights off and other suspicious activity.
“You hear the motor, you hear the boat, you don’t find the lights, you pull them over, and they’re drinking,” York said. “Actually, the one we had last night, the person that was boating while intoxicated actually ran into the Lake George Park Commission boat.”
Ray Vananden is a marine patrol officer with the Park Commission and was first on scene the night McCue was killed.
“When I arrived, the people were just docked,” he recalled.
This year, his boat had a sticker on it in memory of the little girl.
“It’s a tragic thing that happened to a poor innocent little girl, and it should never have happened,” he said.
Now, instead of Log Bay being trashed, the sheriff’s divers collected debris that’s been accumulating at the bottom in parties past.
“It seems like a lot of the younger crowd maybe learned a lesson from what happened last year, so I definitely see a sense of more calmness,” boater Matt Colucci said.
The patrols are working hard to make sure what happened to McCue never happens again.
“There’s a reason behind what we do.”
In addition to arrests that were made, patrols said they also handed out a number of citations.
The patrols will continue to monitor the water for the night, and they plan to do it every year to ensure Log Bay Day never happens again.