COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Organizers were still cleaning up two weeks after the Diamond Cup hydroplane races had ended on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The Idaho Department of Lands stepped in after several complaints about buoys still floating on the lake. They buoys were supposed to have been picked up five days after the Diamond Cup ended.
"[It] just really surprised us. Every time we go out they're still there,” said boater Lorri Skantel.
The Department of Lands said around 50 buoys still needed to be cleaned up. Some fisherman reportedly had been getting their lines caught up in the mess. Boaters, including one from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, also hit and dislodged some of those buoys, according to reports.
"They have ropes attached to them and we're kind of concerned about hitting them and getting them caught in the propeller,” said Lorri Skantel.
Lorri and her husband Tracy said they were just two of many people worried about the danger posed by the buoys.
"[We’re] a little concerning going in and out especially at night,” Tracy said. “We've gone out at night a couple of times and [were] quite worried about hitting and doing damage to our boat."
A Department of Lands spokesperson said organizers sunk the buoys Thursday afternoon as a temporary solution to ensure public safety.