Boating Safety Is For Life

Monday, March 31, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Fishermen forced to abandon boatBBC News - UKTwo fishermen were forced to abandon their boat in the sea off Skye after it began taking on water and the vessel's pumps failed. ...

Boating accident victims' bodies discoveredWAFF 48 News Huntsville Mon, 31 Mar 2008 7:34 AM PDTRescue crews in the Shoals discovered two more bodies missing after a barge and yacht collided Thursday night.

Boating safety course offeredColumbus Ledger-Enquirer Mon, 31 Mar 2008 5:40 AM PDTA watercraft and boating safety course will be conducted at the West Point Project Management office on April 15 and April 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard continues to probe crashThe Sault Star Mon, 31 Mar 2008 3:41 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard continues to probe a collision that occurred Friday when a freighter went to the assistance of another vessel mired in ice in the Straits of Mackinaw. Both the Cason J. Calloway and the American Republic were damaged, but neither took on water, Coast Guard Sector [...]

Activist and coast guard ship collideAP via Yahoo! News Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:13 AM PDTA coast guard icebreaker and a ship owned by an activist conservation group collided off Canada's east coast as tensions mounted over the country's annual seal hunt.

Two men recovering after being trapped in boat fire7 News Miami Mon, 31 Mar 2008 4:59 AM PDTMIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Two men are recovering from smoke inhalation after a boat fire kept them trapped inside the hull of their vessel.

5 rescued after boat capsizes in riverLancaster Online Mon, 31 Mar 2008 7:11 AM PDTFive people, including several Columbia residents, fell out of a boat that capsized late Sunday afternoon in the Susquehanna River

Canada seal hunt marred by deadly boat accidentAFP via Yahoo! News Sun, 30 Mar 2008 3:23 PM PDTThe annual Canadian seal hunt was marred Saturday by a boat accident in the ice-covered Gulf of St. Lawrence that killed three of the boat's crew and left another missing, officials said.

Man rescued after boat accident in Smithfield reservoirBoston Globe Mon, 31 Mar 2008 8:35 AM PDTA Woonsocket man is recovering from hypothermia after his boat flipped in a frigid reservoir in Smithfield.

Proposed rule on boating goes overboard, say local boatersHilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USABy LIZ MITCHELL Boaters have been asking those questions since a US District Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 to create a new ...

WWA Initiates Boating Safety Course For All Event DriversWake World Online Wakeboarding Magazine - USAEffective this year, all boat drivers in WWA sanctioned events will be required to pass an approved boating safety course. ...

Coast Guard Boardings

Something different for a change:


There is always much discussion about Coast Guard boardings on many boating forums. Usually the first question asked is, how can they do this? How can they board and search my boat without a warrant? Then the discussion usually moves on to the subject of armed boarding officers and abuse of authority. Many people claim their boat was trashed by the boarding party and they acted like storm troopers. So what is the real story here...........

Boating Safety: CG Boardings

Something different for a change: Coast Guard Boardings

There is always much discussion about Coast Guard boardings on many boating forums. Usually the first question asked is, how can they do this? How can they board and search my boat without a warrant? Then the discussion usually moves on to the subject of armed boarding officers and abuse of authority. Many people claim their boat was trashed by the boarding party and they acted like storm troopers. So what is the real story here/

First a little history. After the revolutionary war the new government found itself with very little revenue to fund the running of our country. Alexander Hamilton was the Secretary of the Treasury at the time and he knew that if they could only collect the taxes on goods being imported into the country the country would have enough revenue to survive. But, before and during the revolution, smuggling, to avoid paying taxes to Britain was not only very common, it was considered patriotic. Unfortunately, after the war people just kept right on smuggling. Hamilton knew that if he could have ships and officers who could stop the smugglers off the coast before they unloaded their cargoes he could collect much of the revenue that wasn’t being paid.

So he asked Congress to appropriate money for ten small cutters to enforce the revenue laws. The officers of these ships were given naval commissions but were also appointed as officers of the customs. This gave them the authority to stop and board ships in US waters and US flagged vessels anywhere, to inspect those ships and the ships papers, and crew. That authority continues to this day.
Title 14 of the United States Code, Chapter 89 is the principal source of Coast Guard enforcement authority.
“The Coast Guard may make inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests upon the high seas and waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, for the prevention, detection, and suppression of violations of laws of the United States. For such purposes, commissioned, warrant, and petty officers may at any time go on board of any vessel subject to the jurisdiction, or to the operation of any law, of the United States, address inquiries to those on board, examine the ship’s documents and papers, and examine, inspect, and search the vessel and use all necessary force to compel compliance. When from such inquiries, examination, inspection, or search it appears that a breach of the laws of the United States rendering a person liable to arrest is being, or has been committed, by any person, such person shall be arrested or, if escaping to shore, shall be immediately pursued and arrested on shore, or other lawful and appropriate action shall be taken; or, if it shall appear that a breach of the laws of the United States has been committed so as to render such vessel, or the merchandise, or any part thereof, on board of, or brought into the United States by, such vessel, liable to forfeiture, or so as to render such vessel liable to a fine or penalty and if necessary to secure such fine or penalty, such vessel or such merchandise, or both, shall be seized.”
Also as part of this they are Officers of The Customs;
From Wikipedia:“14 USC 143 and 19 USC 1401 empower Coast Guard petty officers, warrant officers, and commissioned officers as customs officers. This places them under 19 USC 1589a, which grants customs officers general law enforcement authority, including the authority to:
(1) carry a firearm;(2) execute and serve any order, warrant, subpoena, summons, or other process issued under the authority of the United States;(3) make an arrest without a warrant for any offense against the United States committed in the officer's presence or for a felony, cognizable under the laws of the United States committed outside the officer's presence if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing a felony; and(4) perform any other law enforcement duty that the Secretary of the Treasury may designate.”
So that is a lot of authority! Hamilton knew this. So as the service was beginning he wrote an open letter to all of the new Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service outlining their duties and the manner in which they were to carry out those duties. The one thing he would not tolerate was abuse of authority. His letter, stated, in part, :
“While I recommend in the strongest terms to the respective officers, activity, vigilance and firmness, I feel no less solicitude, that their deportment may be marked with prudence, moderation and good temper. Upon these last qualities, not less that the former, must depend the success, usefulness and consequently continuance of the establishment in which they are included. They cannot be insensible that there are some prepossessions against it, that the charge with which they are intrusted [sic] is a delicate one, and that it is easy by mismanagement, to produce serious and extensive clamour, disgust and alarm.
They will always keep in mind that their countrymen are freemen, and, as such, are impatient of everything that bears the least mark of a domineering spirit. They will, therefore, refrain, with the most guarded circumspection, from whatever has the semblance of haughtiness, rudeness, or insult.”
That letter is still taught to this day to all Coast Guard personnel, at all levels, and is still the mantra of the service.

This authority has been challenged numerous times in the courts and always been upheld. There are reasons for this. One of the simplest is, at sea it’s very difficult to obtain a warrant. A Coast Guard cutter can’t carry a judge or justice of the peace around with them to issue warrants. Another is the ease of flight. A vessel can simple sail off over the horizon while you chase them. Another is the ease of hiding any suspicious activity. On a small boat this may be difficult to do, but on a ship it is very easy to simply hide things on board somewhere where it can’t readily be seen. It also involves customs issues and national security issues. So the authority has always been upheld by the courts and never taken away by Congress.

A lot has changed since 1790. The Coast Guard has taken on many duties that Alexander Hamilton never foresaw. After WWII, and up until the 1980’s all Coast Guard boarding parties were unarmed. If they came from a Patrol Boat or larger then the boat was armed but rarely was use of force necessary. In the 1970’s the smuggling of drugs and the subsequent war on drugs led to some dangerous confrontations with smugglers. The change to arming boarding parties was hotly debated throughout the Coast Guard. Many people felt that we would lose our reputation as the Good Guys, the guys in the “white hats” as opposed to the guys in black hats. But world events don’t stop because you want to maintain your image and in the early 1980’s the Coast Guard began arming all boarding parties and all Coast Guard boats as well as the larger cutters. Drug smuggling, interdiction of refuges, and terrorism changed that aspect of the Coast Guard forever. Of course the necessity to arm also led to much more extensive and intensive training in law enforcement and use of force policies as well as fire arms training.

Then September 11, 2001 came along. Life in the US changed forever and so did the Coast Guard. National security had always been a Coast Guard mission. The Coast Guard has been involved in every war the US has fought and has always been a military armed force. (For that matter, for a number of years after the birth of our country it was the only “navy” we had.) But now the national security mission went to the top of the priority list. This required not only new training and new equipment but also a refocusing of emphasis from search and rescue and marine safety to national security.

But the one thing that did not change and has never changed is the manner in which this was to be carried out. Even the current Commandant Thad Allen has issued a message to all Coast Guard personnel, quoting Alexander Hamilton and re-emphasizing the necessity to use prudence and tact. This simply means acting in a professional manner. No Rambos are allowed.

So what does this mean to the average Joe or Jill boater. It means that if you are hailed by a Coast Guard vessel, no matter the size, or a Coast Guard helo, you should simply pull back the throttles and stop. On a sailboat, heave too, maintain a small amount of way for steerage but essentially stop. Allow the boarding party to come aboard. Boarding a boat from another boat at sea is dangerous enough as it is. Make it easy.

They will ask you to have everyone on your boat on deck where they can be seen, and on large boats will usually ask everyone to move to the stern. They will ask the owner or skipper for the boat’s papers, which you are required by both Federal and state laws to have on board, and will ask if there are guns on board. No, it is not illegal under Federal law to have guns on your boat. It may be under some state and local jurisdictions. This is simply for their own protection. They will examine your safety gear and take a look through the boat. If everything is in order they will leave. If there is a violation, say not enough life jackets, they will write a citation, a ticket, just like getting a traffic ticket, which you will then have to deal with. However, more serious things can lead to search, seizure or termination of a voyage.

For instance the example of not enough life jackets. The boarding officer has the authority to terminate your voyage, that is, make you return to shore until the problem is fixed. Once you have fixed the problem you may continue. If you are intoxicated, they will give you a breath test. If you fail you may be arrested and you will get a fine. There are many other laws, which can be enforced.

What about suspicious activity? Suppose you try to outrun them. This is really foolish and stupid and even though your boat might be faster in the short run you will get caught, and then they will want to know why you ran. Just as on shore, attempting to elude the police is considered immediate probable cause of a crime.

What if one of your passengers has been dumb enough to bring their drugs with them? That could net you a fine. As “captain” you are responsible for everything that goes down on your boat. That includes what your passengers do.

When it comes to the carrying of firearms, try to remember that this is a law enforcement officer. Just as when a state patrol officer stops a car on the highway, the boarding officer does not know what they are going to encounter on your boat! Coast Guard people have lost their lives. It could be you and your family out for a nice sail, or someone smuggling illegal aliens into the US. It can just as easily be a drug smuggler or a terrorist. The boarding officer does not know this until they are on board your boat!

If you treat the boarding party politely, they will in all likelihood treat you the same way; thank you for your patience and leave. If you are rude and obnoxious, they probably will be too. Push and they will push back. But they should always be firm but polite!

Certainly mistakes have been made and some people have been not just inconvenienced. I can remember a case where a boat that somehow mistakenly got on the “watch list” was boarded five or six times on a voyage from Florida up the coast to New Jersey. Certainly, there was a lack of communication. Others have been boarded in the middle of the night while asleep at anchor. There is hardly any justification for such an action.

But those are not the norm. Most boardings are done politely, professionally and as quickly as possible so as to be the least inconvenient. Boating is supposed to be fun. Coast Guard people feel the same way. However, when things like this go wrong they should be reported to the Coast Guard District legal officer or to the Legal Office in Coat Guard Headquarters. If your boat was damaged in a boarding and you were not at fault, you can file a claim with the Coast Guard. There is no excuse for acting unprofessionally when you wear the uniform and have the authority to go along with it. I was always taught that if you abuse it you lose it!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Dismasted race yacht arrives in Ala Wai HarborHonolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USAA dismasted yacht competing in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race arrived at Ala Wai Harbor this morning, according to race officials. ...

Yacht Sunk by Barge - Search for BodiesSail World - Mandalong,NSW,AustraliaSearch and rescue efforts continue in an

AMERICA'S BOATING COURSEChicago Tribune - United StatesThe Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 3-5, is holding America's Boating Course from 9 am to 4 pm April 5 and 19 at 9 Harbor Pl., Waukegan. ...

Boating on the Bosporus - Ottoman styleTurkish Daily News (subscription) - Ankara,TurkeyPeople used boats and the more important a person one was, the grander one's boat was likely to be. The Turks were not especially inclined toward maritime ...

outdoor enthusiasts urged to take care when fishing and boating in ...Community Common - Portsmouth,OH,USAThese conditions pose special hazards to early season boaters and anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). ...

Boat capsizes in Canada seal hunt, three reported deadAFP via Yahoo! News Sat, 29 Mar 2008 8:22 AM PDTA fishing boat carrying seal hunters capsized Saturday in ice-covered waters off Canada's east coast, a fisheries department official said, with Canadian media reporting three dead.

Shark jumps into boat full of childrenThe New Zealand Herald Sat, 29 Mar 2008 9:15 AM PDTA shark jumped into a boat, terrifying the four children and two fishermen aboard, near Waiheke Island last week. The 1.5m thresher shark leaped into the boat of Tony and Cindy Page, who were fishing and diving in their powerboat with their children.

Simulated attack to close boat rampFernandina Beach News-Leader Sat, 29 Mar 2008 7:18 AM PDTThe county's North End Nature Center Marine Park boat ramp on Amelia Island will be closed from about 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for a homeland security training exercise.

Limits to be placed on canyon boat tripsThe Daily Sentinel Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:36 PM PDTGLENWOOD SPRINGS — The U.S. Forest Service has decided to cap total commercial boating trips in Glenwood Canyon at a level based largely on the restrictions already in place for individual outfitters.

Two injured as yacht capsizesNews 24 South Africa Sat, 29 Mar 2008 9:21 AM PDTTwo sailors were injured when the multi-hull Foncia, on which America's Cup holders Alinghi were training, capsized maritime police confirmed.

One missing, three dead as sealing boat capsizes off Cape BretonThe Canadian Press - ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, Que.The 12-metre fishing boat from the Iles-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec, carrying a crew of six, had reported steering problems late Friday north of Cape Breton ...

New York taps into its waterwaysThe Charlotte Observer Sat, 29 Mar 2008 1:22 AM PDTParks officials hoping to promote public access to one of the city's least-used recreational zones - its waterways - have created its first formal network of kayak and canoe launches. Dubbed the New York City Water Trail, the 28 small boat ramps are sprinkled along the shorelines of all five boroughs, in places as remote as marshlands in Queens and as bustling as the six piers along the Hudson ...

Fire destroys ten boats at Al JaddafGulfNews - Dubai,United Arab EmiratesDubai: Two motorised boats, a dhow and seven sailing boats were gutted in a fire at a boat-building yard in Al Jaddaf early on Saturday morning. ...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Skipper to sue 'mutinous' crew over lost yachtNew Zealand Herald - New ZealandAn emotional skipper has dropped plans to salvage his abandoned yacht and says he now wants his mutinous crew to pay him its $24000 value. ...

Yacht mutiny leads to costly - New ZealandA mutiny at sea has led to a $20000 airborne rescue off the west coast of the North Island and an abandoned yacht. The yacht Air Apparent was abandoned 90 ...

Despite accident, commercial fishing in Alaska becomes less deadly ...International Herald Tribune - FranceThe recent sinking of the Alaska Ranger fishing boat off the Aleutian Islands killed five people, making it one of the worst accidents in an industry where ...

The Port Huron Power Squadron will be offering the USPS Boat Smart ...Port Huron Times Herald - Port Huron,MI,USAThe USPS Boat Smart Course is designed for all boaters. All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the sea. ...

Crews helpless as boat - AustraliaAt about 10.30pm last night fire crews from Glenorchy and Claremont were called to the blazing boat which was moored off the Austins Ferry Yacht Club. ...

Safe boating course sponsored by HowellAsbury Park Press Fri, 28 Mar 2008 1:42 AM PDTHOWELL: The Recreation Department will sponsor a New Jersey Safe Boating Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 at Echo Lake Pavilion.

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office to conduct NYS safe boating coursesPawling News Chronicle Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:14 AM PDTThe Dutchess County Sheriff's Office will be conducting several NYS safe boating courses at the sheriff's headquarters located at 150 N. Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.

USCG boating course starts April 22 in LynnThe Daily Item Fri, 28 Mar 2008 0:21 AM PDTLYNN - The Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a boating skills and seamanship course at the Volunteer Yacht Club, 68 Lynnway, from April 22 through June 3.

Man charged with boating under influenceWPDE-TV Myrtle Beach - Florence Thu, 27 Mar 2008 3:32 PM PDTPosted: Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 6:31 p.m. A man accused of causing a boating accident in Little River last summer has been indicted by an Horry County grand jury.

Coast Guard plans to ramp up charter boat inspectionsKTVA Anchorage Thu, 27 Mar 2008 7:35 PM PDTThe Coast Guard says it will bump up its boardings of charter boats this year to enforce safety standards. The Coast Guard notified the charter community that they'll be catching up on their backlog of uninspected passenger vessels this summer.

Two rescued from Lake Ray Hubbard after boat capsizes 10:55 AM CTDallas Morning News Fri, 28 Mar 2008 8:53 AM PDTTwo people were rescued from Lake Ray Hubbard after their bass fishing boat capsized Friday morning. Robert Lafaye, a spokesman for Rowlett Fire and Rescue said one person was transported to Rockwall Presbyterian Hospital and the second person was treated at the scene and released.

One Dies in Boat Accident at Wilson DamWHNT-TV Huntsville Fri, 28 Mar 2008 6:50 AM PDTNewsChannel 19 is on the scene of a developing story in the Shoals, involving an deadly accident between a barge and a large boat. The two boats collided around 8:15 Thursday night.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

City Unveils Network of Kayak and Canoe Launches1010 WINS New York Thu, 27 Mar 2008 2:52 PM PDTParks officials hoping to promote public access to one of New York's least-used recreational zones -- its waterways -- have created the city's first formal network of kayak and canoe launches.

The Signal Flare: Weekly Safe Boating Wed, 26 Mar 2008 9:04 PM PDTEvery week find valuable boating information and tips right here

Flotilla to offer boating course in April, MayAtlanticville Wed, 26 Mar 2008 4:27 PM PDTCoast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-3, Fort Monmouth, Eatontown, will hold America's boating courseApril 5,May 3 or May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boat operators born in 1949 or later must have a N.J. Boating safety Certificate awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Fee is $55 per person for text and CD, certificate application and temporary certificate.

Boating safety class could save you money on insuranceThe Idaho Statesman Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:42 PM PDTA safe boating class that could help save boaters money on boating insurance is planned April 5 at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise.

Couple, pets rescued after boat sinksThe Charlotte Observer Wed, 26 Mar 2008 7:41 PM PDTThe Coast Guard brought a couple, two dogs and a bird to dry ground after their 28-foot boat sank near the mouth of the Neuse River. The Coast Guard said in a news release that a 25-foot lifeboat from the Hobucken station was used for the rescue after a distress call was received at 11:42 a.m. Wednesday. The boaters, James and Carol Warren, said the vessel was taking water and their pumps ...

New rescue radio system can make boating saferPalm Beach Post - FL, United StatesBy WILLIE HOWARD By summer, the US Coast Guard will have a more powerful tool for finding boaters in distress along South Florida's coast. ...

Boaters facing permit deadlineAccess North Georgia - Gainesville,GA,USABy Ken Stanford Editor UNDATED - Boaters on Lake Lanier and elsewhere in the country are faced with having to obtain a government permit they probably don't ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Pair found safe after extended boating tripThe New Zealand Herald Tue, 25 Mar 2008 1:02 PM PDTTwo people hours overdue after a boating trip up the Whanganui River were found by police late last night. The pair were due back around 4.30pm yesterday but had not returned five hours later.

Sinking Boat Rescued by Coast GuardWJLA - Washington,DC,USAThe United States Coast Guard rescued a marine construction crew in the Chesapeake Bay after their boat began to sink. An official with the United States ...

Free Boat Safety Checks Offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary at Smithville LakeKansas City InfoZine Wed, 26 Mar 2008 5:17 AM PDTFlotilla 30-1 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting Vessel Safety Checks near the Little Platte boat ramp at Smithville Lake the second Saturday of every month until September 13th.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Take action to prevent drunken - Des Moines,IA,USALast year the Iowa Senate unanimously passed legislation to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for boat operators from 0.10 to 0.08. It was the right move,

Wanted: Boating buffs with an urge to serveCHEK News - Victoria,BC,CanadaA few years ago, Congdon took the auxiliary's high-powered rescue boat out to help a yacht's skipper who was disoriented in the darkness. ...

NSW high school students sit for boat licensesSail World - Mandalong,NSW,AustraliaIn what appears to be excellent news, high school students throughout New South Wales can now obtain their boating licences and learn crucial safety ...

4 killed in Alaska fishing boat accidentAP via Yahoo! News Mon, 24 Mar 2008 0:06 AM PDTA fishing boat sank off Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Sunday, leaving four crew members including the captain dead and another missing, the Coast Guard said.

Boating SafetyWCTV Tallahassee Mon, 24 Mar 2008 9:27 AM PDTAfter two boating deaths in Florida over the weekend, fishing officials say safety on board a boat of any kind should be priority number one.

18 are feared dead after boat capsizesScotsman - United KingdomHong Kong: Eighteen sailors are feared dead after they became trapped underwater in their capsized boat in Hong Kong for nearly 40 hours amid strong ...

Men rescued after wave sinks - AustraliaFOUR spear fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off Moreton Island in southeast Queensland. The vessel went down near Flinders Reef after it ...

Utah State Parks boating safety offers cold water exposure tipsSt. George Daily Spectrum - St. George,UT,USASALT LAKE CITY — As ice melts on Utah’s lakes and reservoirs, Utah State Parks Boating Education Specialist Chris Haller reminds boaters to be aware of cold ...

Boating Safety TipsWMBB-TV - Panama City,FL,USABy Chris Marchand Warmer temperatures are on the way and here along the Gulf Coast that means some boaters will be hitting the water for the first time this ...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Seattle-based boat sinking in AlaskaSeattle Post Intelligencer - USABy BRAD WONG A Seattle-based fishing boat is sinking about 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor in Alaska and rescue helicopters are hoisting people from rafts, ...

Man missing from boatABC Online - AustraliaA major search operation is underway near the border of Victoria and South Australia for a man who may have fallen out of his boat. ...

Search under way for two missing after boat capsizes near (subscription) - Memphis,TN,USASix people have been rescued from the Tennessee River after their boat capsized, and authorities say they're searching for two more who are missing. ...

Man, 73, is latest Keys boating deathWLBT 3 Jackson Sun, 23 Mar 2008 7:30 AM PDTLAYTON, Fla. (AP) - It's the fourth boating or diving death in the Florida Keys in the past ten days. Officials say a 73-year-old man died yesterday after falling overboard while trying to remove a fishing line that became tangled in his boat's propeller.

Boating: Improve your nautical knowledge by taking safety education courseThe News-Press Sat, 22 Mar 2008 10:14 PM PDTThe U.S. power squadrons had been behind Florida's original water law, which mandated that all boaters receive some sort of boating education.

Outdoors CalendarThe Oregonian Sun, 23 Mar 2008 0:12 AM PDTBoat inspections: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Joe's, 7280 Butler Rd., Hillsboro. Contact: 503-846-1514. Safe boating class: Eight-week class leading to the mandatory boater education card; 7 p.m. April 1; Clatsop Community College, arts building, 1653 Jerome Ave., Astoria.

Tighter drunk boating law still on Legislature's - Des Moines,IA,USABy JULI PROBASCO-SOWERS • REGISTER STAFF WRITER • March 23, 2008 Boaters may have to wait until the end of the legislative session to know if the ...

Body of local man recoveredPicayune Item - Picayune,MS,USAPASS CHRISTIAN — Authorities have found the body of a Picayune fisherman who had been missing since a boating accident last week. ...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Easy steps to get the boat in the water Battle Creek Enquirer - Battle Creek,MI,USAThere's a saying that goes, the two happiest days in a boater's life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells his boat. As lake ice melts, ...

Weekley boating tip for March 21, 2008 Sebastian Sun (subscription) - Sebastian,FL,USAA quick orientation tour of the boat will help them feel comfortable. Show them where are the life jackets, fire extinguishers and first aid kit. ...

Power Squadron does something new Marco Island Sun-Times - Marco Island,FL,USA"That and getting more people to take Boat Smart, the safe boating class. The time is coming when everyone who pilots a boat will have to have taken a ...

Woman trapped under boat Stuff Fri, 21 Mar 2008 9:08 AM PDTA woman was dragged from the water unconscious after being trapped under an overturned boat, and a diver was winched from the sea with a suspected case of the bends in two close calls at sea.

Tiller operated boats cause half the state s boating deaths The Houma Courier Thu, 20 Mar 2008 9:12 PM PDTCHAUVIN One minute, the two brothers were motoring up the bayou on a breezy, sunny day.The next, 26 year old Donte Sneede watched helplessly as his younger brother, Jamaur, sank to his death beneath the grayish water of Bayou Little Caillou, less than half a mile from the Smithridge Bridge.

Boy swept off yacht in the Solent BBC News Fri, 21 Mar 2008 9:08 AM PDTA teenage boy was airlifted to hospital after he was swept off a racing yacht in severe weather in the Solent.

New paddling club to help plan water trails The Lexington Dispatch Sat, 22 Mar 2008 2:07 PM PDTWhat started as an informal canoe and kayak club at High Rock Lake has turned into a group with a pivotal role in planning future recreational opportunities in Davidson County.

List of things to do for Spring fitting out and safety checks:
Taunton River Power Squadron Web site

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Always keep safety in mind when - Holland,MI,USAFishing, boating andhiking are all fun thingsto do in the great outdoors. The problem is that the weather can change in a hurry and if one is not prepared, ...

Missing children found safe after boating mishapABC Regional Online - AustraliaThree children who were missing in a boat on the Hunter River near Maitland last night have been found safe and well. A 14-year-old girl and two boys, ...

Corps urges boating safetyBaxter Bulletin - Mountain Home,AR,USAHigh lake levels, combined with cold air and water temperatures, will make boating and fishing more hazardous. The Army Corps of Engineers is advising ...

Stop, boat thief: Seminar highlights need to protect boats against theftMarco Eagle Thu, 20 Mar 2008 9:11 AM PDTStop the boat thieves right at the dock. That’s the message from a group of marine security police officers who spent a day at Cedar Bay Yacht Club on Wednesday talking about boat theft prevention.

Woman Boating In Keys Dies After Ray AttackWJXT Jacksonville Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:07 AM PDTMIAMI -- A Michigan woman who was boating with her family in the Florida Keys has died from a ray attack, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer said.

The evening news reported that when the ray jumped aboard the boat she fell backwards striking her head and that she died from the blow on the head.

Boating season has started in some parts of the US. It's time not only to get your boat ready, but to get yourself ready. Take a boating safety course even if it is a refresher. Many states now require a boating safety card verifiing you have either taken a course or passsed a test. Do it now while there is still time before you get underway. Here is a link to the National Association of State boating Law Administrators web site with links to the state boating courses.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Corps urges boating safetyBaxter Bulletin Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:50 AM PDTHeavy rains this week have caused the levels of Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes to rise. High lake levels, combined with cold air and water temperatures, will make boating and fishing more hazardous. The Army Corps of Engineers is advising boaters and anglers to prepare for these conditions and use extra caution, according to a press release.

Colorado Man Dies While Boating in the Grand CanyonKKTV 11 News - Colorado Springs,CO,USAReporter: AP A Colorado man has died after the boat he was in flipped over in the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday that ...

Boating Safety at - Melbourne,AustraliaNSW High School students can now obtain their boating licence and learn crucial safety techniques at school. State boating regulator NSW Maritime now ...

Spring brings rise in boating accidentsBiloxi Sun Herald - MS, USABy ROBIN FITZGERALD Warmer weather beckons boaters and fishermen to South Mississippi waterways, and with the change in seasons comes an increase in ...

Boat crash victim awarded $2M in damagesNBC 2 Fort Myers Mon, 17 Mar 2008 8:51 PM PDTA ruling was made in a Collier County courtroom that will likely get the attention of boat owners. A jury awarded a Naples woman more than $2 million in damages stemming from injuries she sustained while boating

Coast Guard warns of illegal charter fishing boatsCourier-Post Mon, 17 Mar 2008 8:07 PM PDTThe Coast Guard says higher fuel prices have brought an increase in the number of boats illegally carrying passengers on charter fishing trips. These boats typically charge less because they don't have the expense of meeting safety requirements.

In brief: 6 rescued after swim to island when boat sankThe Palm Beach Post Mon, 17 Mar 2008 9:30 PM PDTFORT PIERCE - A boat carrying six people, including a child, capsized in the Fort Pierce Inlet Monday morning, forcing the occupants to swim to a nearby spoil island and flag down a passing boater for help. The Okeechobee family had camped at Shark Island in the inlet during the weekend and was returning to shore at 9:50 a.m. when the boat sank, said Coast Guard Petty Officer James Huffman. They ...

Man killed in Truman boat crashSedalia Democrat Tue, 18 Mar 2008 7:24 AM PDTA man was killed on Truman Lake this weekend when two johnboats collided, according to Missouri State Water Patrol reports. Tony Cumpton, 22, of Calhoun, was killed after he was struck by a boat driven by Michael Porter, 32, of Eldon, reports stated.

3 missing after Clearwater boating - St. Petersburg,FL,USAThe men, including Ulies Roldan, 36, of Tampa, left from the Courtney Campbell Parkway boat ramp in a 28-foot boat Friday. The identities of the other two ...

Sorry, Computer died on Monday. I finally have it up and running again:

Monday, March 17, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

It's been a busy day

Deadly Boating Incident at Elephant ButteKDBC - el paso,TX,USAAn elderly man lost his life after a boat capsized Saturday afternoon at Elephant Butte Lake. It happened on the east side of North Monticello Point at ...

Boat collision kills man on Truman LakeLake Sun Leader Mon, 17 Mar 2008 7:03 AM PDTOSCEOLA, Mo. ' A 22-year-old man was killed Saturday when the boat he riding in was hit by another boat on Truman Lake.

Recent Fatalities Prompt Coast Guard to Emphasize Boating SafetyKFDM Beaumont Mon, 17 Mar 2008 8:49 AM PDTHOUSTON - The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters to be prepared and have safe fun on the water this coming season.

Coast Guard Offers Free Boat InspectionsWJHG Panama City Mon, 17 Mar 2008 8:41 AM PDTMany locals are also enjoying the nice weather by taking out their boat for the first time this year, but after the off-season you should be cautious before hitting the water.

3 rescued in Glacier Bay after boat groundsAnchorage Daily News (subscription) - Anchorage,AK,USAThree people stranded on a beach west of Glacier Bay Sunday night when their fishing boat started to take on water were rescued byhelicopter, according to ...

Juveniles Arrested for Attempted Boat TheftWJHG-TV - Panama City,FL,USAFour juveniles in Walton County area had a run-in with the law this week after police say they tried to steal a neighbors’ boat. Witnesses around Turquoise ...

Coast Guard begins ice-cutting operations on Kennebec RiverBoston Globe Mon, 17 Mar 2008 9:34 AM PDTCoast Guard cutters have begun their annual icebreaking operations on the Kennebec River. The cutters Shackle and Tackle began making their way upriver from Bath on Monday and will keep at it as far north as Gardiner in an effort to reduce the chances of spring flooding on the river.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Boating Accidents and Boating News

Alcohol use No. 1 factor in boating fatalitiesPress of Atlantic City - Atlantic City,NJ,USAIt's called BUI, or "boating under the influence." Boating safety advocates are taking notice these days of the role alcohol plays in fatal recreational ...

Drinking and boating can be a deadly combinationStatesville Record & Landmark - NC, USAOne thing authorities hope the trial will do is shed light on the issue of boating while impaired (BWI). NC Wildlife Sgt. Dennis Mehl said that while BWI ...

Motor boater bill: State revs up new safety lawSan Diego Union Tribune - United StatesThe card, good for life, will show that the boater took the required class for safe and responsible boating and was presented the laws, regulations and ...

It's not just the USA!

Police investigating fatal boating accidentABC Online - Australia(ABC) Police are investigating a boating accident which has left a 49-year-old man dead at Lancelin, north of Perth. Police say a crayboat was entering ...

Boat Carrying Illegal Migrants Capsizes In Hatay, Killing Sat, 15 Mar 2008 6:27 PM PDTISKENDERUN - A boat carrying illegal migrants capsized in Iskenderun town of southern province of Hatay on Friday, killing four. Coast guard pulled bodies of four dead illegal migrants from the sea, while rescued three migrants.

And it's not just people

The 'Dos' of Safe Boating with Your (press release) - Levittown,NY,USAWith boating season fast approaching, now is a good time to review safe boating for pets. South Portland, ME, March 14, 2008 --( With boating ...

Boats also get stolen

Water leads Fremont police to stolen boatSan Francisco Chronicle Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:02 AM PDTThe owner of a stolen boat and police followed a trail of water spilling out the back of the vessel straight to the home of the suspected thief - who turned out to be the boater's childhood friend. Daryle Duffy, 41, said Friday that he was "actually kind of...


Boating Accident Victim's Name ReleasedKATC 3 Lafayette Fri, 14 Mar 2008 4:03 PM PDTThere is new information on the woman who died in a boating accident in Lafayette on Tuesday night. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said that Rebecca Sampson, 24, was killed on the Vermillion

Man drowned, another feared dead when boat capsizesKVIA - El Paso,TX,USAAn elderly man drowned and an 11-year-old girl was thrown into the icy water when the boat capsized yesterday due to high winds. ...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Blog Purpose

I've decided I am going to start posting boating accidents. I have alerts on boating accidents and fatalities. I hope this will highlight some of the mistakes people make so we can all learn from them.

This is the first: Actually this is a very common type of accident; hitting something in the water at speed. All to often when this happens some one is thrown from the boat. And as is all to often the case drinking and driving contributed to the accident. Don't drink and operate your boat! Not only is it both a Federal and state violation, it frequently results in fatalities.

Boat Wreck Kills WomanWDSU New Orleans Thu, 13 Mar 2008 8:10 AM PDTLAFAYETTE, La. -- Officials said alcohol might have contributed to a boating accident on the Vermilion River that killed a 24-year-old woman and injured two others in the boat.

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