Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Boating Safety, Accidents and News

Canoe / Kayak Open Daydi-ve Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:31 PM PDTOn May 1, 2008 the Malta Canoe Federation will be opening its doors to interested members of the public offering a full day, fun packed programme. Canoe polo games, tours, relay races and slalom are the main events of the day, all of which will be based in and around the Sliema Water polo Pitch.

Repo man jailed for theft of yachtYachting and Boating World Wed, 30 Apr 2008 7:23 AM PDTA reposession agent has been jailed after he stole a 43-foot yacht from the Hamble river.

UAE National Transport Authority signs MOU with Dubai Maritime City Authority to establish ship & yacht licensing ...AME Info Wed, 30 Apr 2008 5:03 AM PDTThe UAE Transport Authority (NTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Maritime City Authority, the world's first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group of companies, to open licensing and registration bureaus for commercial ships, yachts and leisure boats, adding to the City's goal of promoting the Emirate as a centre of the maritime industry.

Gov. Napolitano vetoes bill on drunken driving, boatingMohave Valley Daily News Wed, 30 Apr 2008 2:33 AM PDTPHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping bill on drunken driving and boating, saying it was premature to reduce a new state mandate for first-time DUI offenders to use ignition interlocks. Launches the Largest Boating and Marine Directory in AustraliaPRWeb via Yahoo! News Wed, 30 Apr 2008 0:01 AM PDTAustralia's most comprehensive and customer focused boating industry resource is finally open to the public. The website will feature the latest news and developments to the Australian marine industry, as well as the largest boating and marine directory in Australia. All businesses, marinas and events associated with the boating and marine industry in Australia are welcome to list their entity ...

Safe boating course offered in HowellNews Transcript Tue, 29 Apr 2008 4:52 PM PDTThe Howell Recreation Department will sponsor a New Jersey Safe Boating Course for adults age 16 and older,May 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Echo Lake Pavilion in Echo Lake Park,Howell. The cost to attend is $55. Certification will be given with the passing of the course and test.Details and registration: (732) 938-4500, ext. 2501.

Coast Guard searching for man off Bonita BeachThe News-Press Wed, 30 Apr 2008 9:22 AM PDTThe Coast Guard is searching for a man in the water off Bonita Beach.

10:30 a.m.- Coast Guard rescues Tinian manPacific Daily News Tue, 29 Apr 2008 5:45 PM PDT10:30 a.m. April 30— The U.S. Coast Guard in conjunction with the Navy and Saipan's Department of Public Safety rescued a Tinian man yesterday after he had been reported missing.

Transnational unit curbs drug tradeUPI Wed, 30 Apr 2008 6:29 AM PDTPALIKIR, Micronesia, April 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials said a new transnational drug trafficking patrol in Micronesia will help stabilize the entire Asian region.

N.S. man drowns after boat capsizes, fourth drowning since SaturdayGlobal TV Winnipeg Wed, 30 Apr 2008 8:43 AM PDTThe boating season in Nova Scotia is off to a deadly start as another man is dead after his boat capsized in one of the province’s lakes

Boaters escape injury after boat fire on Lake of the OzarksThe Springfield News-Leader Wed, 30 Apr 2008 6:38 AM PDTAn Illinois boater and his passenger escaped injury when a 32-foot cruiser was destroyed in a fire on Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, according to the Missouri State Water Patrol. Boat operator Stephen Lutz, 29, of Newton, Ill., had just pulled away from a dock at the six mile marker about 2 p.m. when he smelled something burning, then saw smoke, according to the patrol. Lutz steered the boat to ...

Four Germans died after boat capsizedAftenposten Wed, 30 Apr 2008 7:37 AM PDTFour German fishing tourists drowned Wednesday afternoon after their boat capsized along the Trønderlag coast.

Yacht sinks at Pancake Creek danger zoneGladstone Observer - AustraliaTHREE people and a disabled woman were rescued from a sinking yacht on Monday night after the vessel was severely damaged at Pancake Creek near Bustard Head ...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Boating Safety, Accidents and News

Freed Spanish fishing boat arrives in SeychellesReuters South Africa - Johannesburg,South AfricaBy George Thande VICTORIA (Reuters) - The crew of a Spanish tuna fishing boat freed by Somali pirates this week talked about their ordeal on Tuesday after ...

US issues strategy to prevent small boat attacksDaily Times - Lahore,PakistanAccording to an April 23 intelligence assessment, “The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain Al Qaeda’s weapon of choice in the maritime ...

UK tourist dies as jetski hits anchor chain in - UKPolice said the boat's owner was on board at the time of the fatal collision and was treated for shock. Shekar had been under supervision and was using a ...

Coast Guard halts boat carrying 17 suspected illegal immigrantsSan Diego Union Tribune - United StatesSAN DIEGO – A boat carrying 17 suspected illegal immigrants who authorities said were being smuggled into the country was seized by US officials early ...

Long swim for diver as boat drifts - New ZealandA diver had a long swim after his boat carrying two inexperienced sailors drifted away in Wellington Harbour and left him behind. ...

High-tech pirates are no romantic Tue, 29 Apr 2008 5:52 AM PDTA French yacht. A Japanese tanker. A Spanish fishing boat. After several years of decline, pirates are striking with increasing frequency on the high seas.

Boating - NY, United StatesRecreational boaters may find themselves ensnared in a tangle of new permit regulations soon if Congress fails to overturn a court ruling imposing ...

Homeowners fight for right to go boatingWPTV - West Palm Beach,FL,USARaj Ramsingh's brother-in-law lives just a few paddle strokes away from his Port St. Lucie home. At least he did until three weeks ago, when the city shut ...

New boating ban at Murray MouthVictor Harbor Times - Victor Harbor,South Australia,AustraliaGOOLWA - A boating exclusion zone past the Murray Mouth began on April 28 as dredging in the area continues. The Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity ...

Changes to Boating DUIs?KTEN - Denison,TX,USARight now if you get a BUI or a boating under the influence ticket on Oklahoma waters, you'll have to pay a fine, and may have to spend a few hours in jail. ...

Fox River boating restriction liftedGeneva Sun - Geneva,IL,USAMCHENRY — The boating restriction in place on the Fox River between the Stratton and Montgomery dams has been lifted, according to Illinois Department of ...

Boating and terror threatInternational Falls Daily Journal - International Falls,MN,USA... considered creating a federal license for recreational boat operators, but that proposal was rejected after loud opposition by boating organizations. ...

Investigation continues into boating deathDaytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona Beach,FL,USAInvestigators still have not determined if alcohol was involved in a boating accident on the St. Johns River near DeBary that killed an Orlando woman, ...

Upper Potomac River too hazardous for boating or recreational use, Md. DNR advisesThe Herald-Mail Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:11 AM PDTThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced, based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, that boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River, including creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time.

Coast Guard pulls body from bay in RichmondSan Francisco Chronicle Mon, 28 Apr 2008 7:42 PM PDTA woman's body was pulled out of the bay near Point Richmond this afternoon, and the Contra Costa County Coroner's office is now working to determine the cause of death. The U.S. Coast Guard received a call from a mariner at 2:28 p.m. reporting a body was...

Coast Guard Finds Problems With Safety Gear On Lobster BoatWCSH 6 Portland Tue, 29 Apr 2008 4:14 AM PDTJONESPORT (AP) -- The Coast Guard has sent a Jonesport-based lobster boat back to port because of problems with safety equipment.

NewsCenter's Dave Anderson Honored By Coast GuardNorthland's News Center Tue, 29 Apr 2008 5:06 AM PDTOver the weekend, a member of the Northland's News Center team earned a prestigious award from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Congressman asks Coast Guard to assess antitrafficking effortsLaredo Morning Times Tue, 29 Apr 2008 6:05 AM PDTCongressman Henry Cuellar wants the U.S. Coast Guard in Laredo.Cuellar said that while the Coast Guard is known for patrolling the oceans surrounding the U.S., the international waters of the Rio Grande fall under its jurisdiction as well.

Coast Guard Considers Reducing Buoys On Lake ChamplainWPTZ Plattsburgh Mon, 28 Apr 2008 5:04 PM PDTThe Coast Guard is considering reducing the amount of buoys on Lake Champlain.

Boat run aground by trailer thiefPittsburgh Post-Gazette Tue, 29 Apr 2008 5:50 AM PDTA scrap boat was found grounded in Jefferson County yesterday because thieves only wanted the trailer that carried it, state police said

17 boat people found off California coastUPI Mon, 28 Apr 2008 5:15 PM PDTSAN DIEGO, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. border agents Monday intercepted a 26-foot boat off the coast of Southern California they say was carrying 17 suspected illegal immigrants.

3 dead as boat overturns in N.S.CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Tue, 29 Apr 2008 1:01 AM PDTRCMP have released the names of three men who died after their boat capsized during a sport fishing trip in Nova Scotia's Guysborough County.

Three missing on boat found safeBBC News Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:35 PM PDTA search has to be launched after a small boat with three people went missing off the Sussex coast.

Boating Safety and Homeland Security

Regulatory Review
Homeland Security secretary addresses ABC
Boating Industry Tuesday April 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff addressed attendees at the American Boating Congress Monday, the first full day of ABC, to highlight the critical role the recreational boating industry plays in the nation’s security.
See the article at: Boating

Frankly, having worked in Homeland Security I am very skeptical of this. Do they really expect people who are out having fun, skiing, fishing, sailing, etc to be watching for terrorists? I honestly believe that the two activities don't mix. But I give him kudos for trying.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Boating Safety, Accidents and News

U.S. sweeps opponents in Pan AmThe Charlotte Observer Mon, 28 Apr 2008 0:11 AM PDTU.S. paddlers swept the Pam American Championships races that were part of the weekend of whitewater slalom racing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The U.S. athletes competed against paddlers from Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and other South American countries. Here are the gold medal winners: Women's kayak: Zuzana Vanha of Charlotte; men's single canoe: Benn Fraker ...

Rain dampens turnout at boat showCorpus Christi Caller-Times Mon, 28 Apr 2008 3:09 AM PDTThe rain wouldn't go away this time. The skies cleared up and the sun came out Saturday, but that wasn't the case Sunday afternoon for the final day of the Texas International Boat Show at the Corpus Christi Marina.

Kuwait NewsArab Times Sun, 27 Apr 2008 9:59 PM PDTKUWAIT CITY : It’s all systems go for the coming 2nd Annual Kuwait Boat Show International, where boat lovers in Kuwait and from around the GCC will converge for the chance to see a dazzling array of the latest models of marine leisure craft on display.

Okla. Lawmakers Reject Boating DUI MeasureKOCO 5 Oklahoma City Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:35 AM PDTA bill that would have tied boating DUIs to driving records was killed in committee, but Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, says he'll try to revive it next legislative session.

House OKs Coast Guard legislationCheboygan Daily Tribune Mon, 28 Apr 2008 4:34 AM PDTROGERS CITY - The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act, providing $8.4 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard to carry out its homeland security and marine safety missions.


Boating safety course to be givenMid-Hudson News Mon, 28 Apr 2008 3:42 AM PDTMONTICELLO - The summer boating season in Sullivan County is just around the corner.

Free youth boating safety course in CortlandThe Post-Standard Mon, 28 Apr 2008 2:13 AM PDTThe Cortland County Sheriff's Department will offer a free boater's safety course May 17 and 18 at the Cortland Armory, 25 Wheeler Ave. in Cortland. The class starts at 8 a.m. both days.

To stave off terror, feds issue safety strategy for boatersAP via Yahoo! News Mon, 28 Apr 2008 6:29 AM PDTAs boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist the country's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the country's 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways.


Woman seriously hurt in boating accidentTucson Citizen Mon, 28 Apr 2008 0:01 AM PDTPHOENIX - A boating accident at Lake Pleasant on Sunday afternoon north of Phoenix has seriously injured a 20-year-old woman.

Investigation continues into boating deathDaytona Beach News-Journal Sun, 27 Apr 2008 11:40 PM PDTInvestigators still have not determined if alcohol was involved in a boating accident on the St. Johns River near DeBary that killed an Orlando woman, investigators with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Sunday.

Local man dies in boating accidentThe Truro Daily News Sun, 27 Apr 2008 7:43 PM PDTTRURO - A Truro area man was one of three fatalities in a boating accident on the weekend. A weekend fishing trip turned tragic for four men in their 20s on Saturday after their small boat capsized in Fougere's Lake, Guysborough County, Sgt.

Coast Guard Medevacs 83-year-old woman from cruise shipWAVY 10 Sun, 27 Apr 2008 1:30 PM PDTPORTSMOUTH, Va. - A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., medevaced an ailing passenger from a cruise ship 245 miles east of Elizabeth City, N.C., today.

Search ends for 2 Cubans trying to cross Gulf of MexicoAP via Yahoo! News Sun, 27 Apr 2008 1:44 PM PDTThe Coast Guard has called off the search for two Cubans who were trying to cross the Gulf of Mexico in a raft.

Woman seriously injured by boat's propellerThe Arizona Republic Mon, 28 Apr 2008 7:12 AM PDTA 20-year-old woman inner tubing at Lake Pleasant on Sunday was seriously injured when a boat struck her.

3 dead as fishing boat overturnsCBC via Yahoo! Canada News Mon, 28 Apr 2008 5:19 AM PDTThree men are dead after their boat capsized during a fishing trip in Guysborough County.

British holiday doctor killed in jet ski smash after ramming into moored boat in AustraliaDaily Mail Mon, 28 Apr 2008 2:52 AM PDTA British doctor was killed while on holiday in Australia when the jet ski he was riding collided with a moored boat, it emerged today. Dr Sridhar Shekar, 31, from Leeds, was with his wife when their hired jet ski hit a boat's anchor chain, Queensland Police said

Boating Safety, Accidents, and News

5 from U.S. to go to OlympicsThe Charlotte Observer Sun, 27 Apr 2008 0:11 AM PDTThe U.S. will send a full whitewater slalom racing team to the Beijing Olympics after U.S. paddlers on Saturday won boat berths for men's single canoe and men's tandem canoe in races at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. This means the U.S. will compete in the two canoe categories as well as men's kayak and women's kayak, which were qualified in 2007. Thus, five U.S. paddlers, still to be ...

Facts & Figures: BoatingMemphis Commercial Appeal Sat, 26 Apr 2008 10:29 PM PDTDo boaters have their priorities in order? Progressive Insurance recently polled a group of more than 1,000 boaters to make sure they had their priorities in order.

Tropicalia: Safe Boating Council wants you to 'Wear it!'The News-Press Sat, 26 Apr 2008 10:10 PM PDTWe've all heard the familiar slogans: "I'm lovin' it." "Just Do It" "You can do it. We can help." You think: McDonald's, Nike and Home Depot.

Boating: First aid kit essential when on the waterThe News-Press Sat, 26 Apr 2008 10:12 PM PDTAll of us should have a first aid kit on board our boat.

Stuart plans to pay boater, settle live-aboard lawsuitThe Palm Beach Post Sun, 27 Apr 2008 2:57 AM PDTA man who sued the city last month over its boating rules soon might be getting $5,000 and a written apology from the city attorney.

BE SMART WHEN INSURING YOUR BOATNew York Post Sun, 27 Apr 2008 2:38 AM PDTGETTING insurance for a fishing boat can be tricky, and BoatU.S. Angler recommends you ask five questions when shopping for it: * Do you need an "actual cash value" or "agreed value" policy? If you have a claim, actual cash value policies take...

Boating accident leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt near DeBarySun-Sentinel Sun, 27 Apr 2008 6:55 AM PDTOne woman died and three other people were taken to hospitals with injuries after two boats crashed on the St. Johns River near DeBary on Saturday afternoon.

Man killed, another injured in Folsom Lake accidentSan Diego Union-Tribune Sat, 26 Apr 2008 6:09 PM PDTOne man has been killed and another injured in a boating accident on Folsom Lake. Witnesses told El Dorado County sheriff's officers that the boat was speeding across the lake Friday evening when it began to wobble and then cartwheeled. Two men were thrown out of the craft.

Coast Guard investigates fatality at seaKTUU Anchorage Sat, 26 Apr 2008 6:46 PM PDTA 39-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was repairing a suspected gas leak on a Seattle-based boat Thursday. Other members of the crew later found him unconscious.

8 Cuban migrants rescued off New OrleansMiami Herald Sun, 27 Apr 2008 8:12 AM PDTCoast Guard officials said Sunday they have called off the search for two missing Cuban migrants whose raft turned up on the Gulf Coast Friday, about 300 miles south of New Orleans, far from the Florida Straits where most migrants are found.

Sailing Vessel Runs Aground, Spilling GasolineFox 12 Oregon Sun, 27 Apr 2008 7:00 AM PDTPORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Coast Guard said that a 40-50 foot sailing vessel ran aground Saturday at about 8 p.m., causing a fuel spill near the St. John's Bridge.

Spanish boat freed for 1.2 mln dollarsAFP via Yahoo! News Sun, 27 Apr 2008 1:53 AM PDTA Spanish fishing boat seized by pirates off the Somali coast and held for six days was freed after a 1.2 million-dollar ransom was paid, a maritime official said Sunday.

Solo sailor vows to voyage on in damaged yachtGlobe and Mail - CanadaVICTORIA -- A Canadian sailor is hunkered down in his damaged sailboat nursing a concussion after being rolled over in the turbulent South Atlantic Ocean ...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mandatory Boater Education: Bill Introduced Into Congress

More on boater educationThe Star-Ledger - - Newark,NJ,USASteve Israel and Lieneck family, will require Coast Guard to outline plan for implementing minimum boating proficiency standards Washington, ...

"Washington, DC-- U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) announced today (April 24) that legislation named for an eleven year-old Long Island girl who lost her life in a 2005 boating collision in the Great South Bay, will be considered on the House floor as part of the Coast Guard Authorization for Fiscal Year 2008.
"Brianna's Law," boating safety legislation Israel developed alongside family members of Brianna Lieneck, will require the Coast Guard to develop a plan to implement minimum education standards for recreational boat operators"

Rep Steve Isreal: News Release:,12&itemid=515,12&itemid=336

Well, It has finally happened. Whether or not it will pass both houses and be signed by the President is a whole different issue, but I knew this would happen sooner or later. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA ) have been working together for years to establish minimum standards for mandatory boater education and many states have implemented such requirements. Many of the states now require boaters to pass a test and carry a card or certificate attesting to having completed the minimum requirements. This is just another step in the right direction, boater education. Not licensing. Licensing achieves very little. Mandatory education at least requires that every boat operator learn the rules of the road, basic navigation rules, lights and shapes, and some basic operator information. I will keep an eye on how this bill is doing and who is or isn't supporting it. I will pass that info on to you.

See NASBLA Minimum Education Standards

NASBLA Model Act For Mandatory Boating Safety Education

Peter Eikenberry

Friday, April 25, 2008

Boating Safety, Accidents, and News

More on boater educationThe Star-Ledger - - Newark,NJ,USASteve Israel and Lieneck family, will require Coast Guard to outline plan for implementing minimum boating proficiency standards Washington, ...

Safe-boating course coming to SayrevilleEast Brunswick Sentinel Thu, 24 Apr 2008 4:27 PM PDTCoast Guard FlotillaAuxiliary 2-1, 167 Main St., Sayreville, will offer "America's Boating Course" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 26 and May 3. Cost is $55, including textbook. A New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Boating courses put confident women on boardNZ Herald Auckland Metro - Auckland,New ZealandBy Mike Rose Carol Forsyth insists the Coastguard is not trying to incite a mutiny - just trying to get women to take a more proactive role in their boating ...

Safe boating tip for April 25, Thu, 24 Apr 2008 9:48 PM PDTSound signals a must for boaters.

Fatal boating accidents alarm outdoors officialsPahrump Valley Times - Pahrump,NV,USATwo boating accidents on Northern Nevada waterways in the past two weeks have prompted game wardens at the Nevada Department of Wildlife to warn spring ...

Historic Steam Yacht to be Home-ported at Mystic Seaport; Cangarda ...By Mystic Seaport Built at the beginning of the 20th century in the Edwardian tradition of the late 1800s, the elegant yacht Cangarda was a toy of the super rich – what might be referred to today as a mega-yacht. Built in Wilmington, DE, before the days ...

Canoe - Kayak Open Daily News Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:45 PM PDTOn the 1st of May, the Malta Canoe Federation will be opening its doors to interested members of the public offering a full day, fun packed programme. Canoe polo games, tours, relay races and slalom are the main events of the day.

Legislators approve DUI boating billKTAR 92.3 Phoenix Thu, 24 Apr 2008 2:33 PM PDTChanges could be coming to Arizona laws on drunken driving and boating. The state House on Thursday approved a bill that now awaits action by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Boating enthusiasts say they won't be stopped by economic forces this yearThe Bay City Times Fri, 25 Apr 2008 8:29 AM PDTMichigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country. The price of gas is predicted to reach all-time highs this summer. And Michigan tourism experts are painting a troubling picture for the upcoming season.

Boating economic impact study releasedAsbury Park Press Fri, 25 Apr 2008 1:12 AM PDTNew Jersey's recreational boaters spend $2.1 billion a year and support some 18,000 jobs, according to a first-ever economic impact study commissioned by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey.

Boating pair stranded on sandbankBBC News Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:36 PM PDTA couple from West Yorkshire find their boat stuck on a sandbank when the tide goes out.

Boating & Beach Rules Get Tougher On The Upper MississippiWEAU Eau Claire Thu, 24 Apr 2008 1:47 PM PDTSummer Fun Means No Bottles On Beachs And In Wildlife Refuges

House passes Coast Guard bill despite Bush veto threatAP via Yahoo! News Thu, 24 Apr 2008 3:51 PM PDTDefying President Bush's threatened veto, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill making the Coast Guard enforce security zones around eight liquefied natural gas terminals and any arriving tankers _all potential terrorism targets

House OKs bill to dismantle Coast Guard law unitBaltimore Sun Fri, 25 Apr 2008 0:34 AM PDTHouse approves bill to remove court over maritime bias claims The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly yesterday to dismantle the U.S. Coast Guard's Baltimore-based administrative law system amid charges of bias in its handling of cases against civilian mariners.

Corpse helped boat refugee stay afloatUSA Today Thu, 24 Apr 2008 2:53 PM PDTThe moonlight illuminated the young woman's fellow passengers from the capsized boat, scattered through the chilly ocean 15 miles from land. Some of them screamed for help. Others bobbed silently, face-down in the water.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Program Problems

In a recent issue of Proffesional Mariner the Magazine published an article about problems in the Marine Safety program. I have posted a small portion of the article

Professional Mariner Magazine

May 2008

Former Coast Guard vice commandant cites loss of confidence in Marine Safety Program

By Dom Yanchunas

Retired Vice Adm. James C. Card was asked to assess the Marine Safety program. In 2007, the Coast Guard received a boatload of criticism from maritime-industry and congressional leaders who have grown impatient with the deterioration of its marine-safety function.

This year, Coast Guard officials are hearing a similar refrain from one of their own. In a 41-page report, a former Coast Guard vice commandant, retired Vice Adm. James C. Card criticized the state of the Marine Safety program. Card said fundamental changes are necessary to restore adequate strategy, leadership, staffing and organization and to make the culture more customer-oriented.

Card’s Coast Guard Marine Safety Analysis: An Independent Assessment and Suggestions for Improvement was based on more than 170 interviews of people from the industry and within the Coast Guard.

For Card, the anonymous, candid interviews exhibited a consistent theme: a breakdown of trust between the Coast Guard and America’s professional mariners.

“The relationship between the Coast Guard and maritime industry is the most strained in my memory,” Card wrote. “The industry has lost trust and confidence in the Coast Guard. ... Because the industry has historically enjoyed a positive relationship with the Coast Guard, they are grieving the loss of a good partner.”

Card spent 36 years in the Coast Guard before retiring in 2000 to become a vice president at American Bureau of Shipping. Before he was vice commandant, Card served as commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and was chief of the Merchant Vessel Inspection and Documentation Division. He is now an independent maritime consultant.

Adm. Thad Allen, the current commandant, asked Card last summer to conduct a wide-ranging analysis of the Marine Safety program. In August, Allen faced stiff questions from members of Congress at a House hearing that discussed the idea of moving marine-safety functions to the Department of Transportation.

At the hearing, industry and congressional leaders expressed worry that the Coast Guard’s homeland security role is overshadowing marine-safety duties.

Card finished his analysis in November 2007. Industry representatives have some hope that the retired vice admiral’s findings will be taken seriously, because the Coast Guard publicized the report on its own Web site in January 2008.

(Go to, then click on Marine Safety.)

Even before Card’s analysis was finished, Allen wasted no time in adopting one of Card’s recommendations. Card suggested that the Coast Guard appoint a single high-level leader to oversee Marine Safety — a newly created position called “assistant commandant for marine safety, security and stewardship.” Allen named Rear Adm. Brian Salerno to that post in August.
Patrick O'Hare, with Marine Safety Detachment Massena (N.Y.), checks ballast-water salinity aboard a vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Card’s report said most industry representatives he interviewed would prefer that marine-safety functions not be moved to another agency. The Coast Guard must improve its performance, however.

“The biggest concern expressed by all those interviewed was that the Coast Guard no longer considered Marine Safety an important mission for the Coast Guard and therefore let performance and service slide,” Card wrote. “The second biggest concern was the harsh treatment that the marine industry received from the Coast Guard during routine boardings, inspections, investigations and mariner licensing evolutions.”

Card concluded that the Coast Guard, dangerously, is headed in the wrong direction compared with advances in the industry.

Too read the rest of this story go to:

The report by Adm Card is at:

Boating Safety Boat Accidents and Boating News

General Boating News

Canoe, kayak paddlers to swarm waters at OrientalNew Bern Sun Journal Thu, 24 Apr 2008 5:18 PM PDTORIENTAL - Upwards of 100 kayakers are expected at Oriental on Saturday to test the waters of the creeks feeding from the Neuse River. The sixth annual Paddle Fest gets an early start, with a 5:30 a.m. sunrise paddle, followed by safety and rescue demonstration before a 1:30 p.m. creek paddle.

Alinghi start building multihull Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:26 PM PDTDefending America's Cup champions Alinghi of Switzerland have revealed they are to start building a multihull yacht for their duel against American challengers Oracle.

Firefighters Determine Cause of Grand Traverse Yacht Club Fire9&10 News Cadillac Thu, 24 Apr 2008 5:24 AM PDTFirefighters say human error accidentally started the fire that destroyed the Grand Traverse Yacht Club. The building erupted in flames before midnight last Wednesday. High winds made it tough to put the fire out. The roof of the building collapsed.

The Signal Flare: Weekly Safe Boating Wed, 23 Apr 2008 9:03 PM PDTThe Signal Flare offers the latest in safe boating news

Augusta Fire-Water Rescue Team Ready For Busy Boating SeasonWJBF-TV Augusta Thu, 24 Apr 2008 9:36 AM PDTEven if you know the waters well, with the drought that we've had, and low-water levels, you still need to be careful. Wednesday, a few people found that out...but it was thanks to the one team that's different than any other in Augusta, that they'll be back on the water sooner than they thought.
Powerful boating weekend slated Four days of roaring funToday's News-Herald Thu, 24 Apr 2008 8:33 AM PDTOffshore boat fans should start making their weekend plans. The schedule for the 2008 Desert Storm Poker Run, presented by Lake Racer and Teague Custom Marine, Inc., has been released and the public is being encouraged to get involved.
Coast Guard issues cold water warningNBC 10 Providence Thu, 24 Apr 2008 5:24 AM PDTBoston -- Even though it is getting warmer outside, the Coast Guard is issuing a cold water safety advisory for early season boaters, paddlers, sailors and fishers.
Coast Guard honors three towboat heroes for dramatic rescueBelleville News-Democrat Thu, 24 Apr 2008 1:16 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard honored three towboat crew members Wednesday who rescued a fellow crew member after he fell into the Mississippi River in January 2007
Saga Insurance: Submerged objects boat owners worst enemyMoney News - Reading,UKSaga Insurance has compiled a list of the top ten boat insurance claims, with collisions with a submerged object topping the list. Some 24 per cent of boat ...

Accidents Etc.

Guilty Plea in Fatal Boating Accident CaseWHSV Harrisonburg Thu, 24 Apr 2008 1:06 AM PDTA 32-year-old man says he's guilty of manslaughter in a drunken boating crash that left a Virginia police officer and his girlfriend dead on one of upstate New York's Finger Lakes.

Pastor Released From Hospital After Boating AccidentKBTV Beaumont Wed, 23 Apr 2008 2:18 PM PDTA pastor who lost several family members in a boating accident is out of the hospital after undergoing heart surgery. Pastor Albert Williams of Mount Zion Baptist Church and five members of his family were fishing on Pleasure Island Saturday night when their 16-foot boat capsized.

Mast gets snagged on house as yacht sinksDunferline Press - Dunfermline,Fife,UKA QUIET West Fife village was caught up in a rare piece of drama at the weekend when a brand new 29ft yacht ran aground on rocks – and got its sail stuck on ...

19 feared dead as wedding-bound boat capsizes in IndiaAP via Yahoo! News Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:42 PM PDTPolice say a boat carrying people to a wedding in India capsized and authorities fear that 19 people are dead.

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, 3 deadAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Thu, 24 Apr 2008 8:26 AM PDTTunisian coastguards have recovered the corpses of three illegal migrants who were among a group of more than 20 people who went missing when the small boat carrying them to Europe capsized, witnesses and newspapers said.

40-foot boat stranded on jetty7 News Miami Thu, 24 Apr 2008 5:27 AM PDTMIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Six people are safe after their 40-foot boat wound up stuck on the rocks after it crashed onto a jetty.

Guilty Plea In Fatal Boat CrashThe Post-Standard Thu, 24 Apr 2008 2:11 AM PDTMoments after Craig Cordes admitted in court Wednesday to being drunk and killing two people in a boat crash on Skaneateles Lake, his lawyer said one of the victims also was drunk and bore some responsibility.

Three cleared over speedboat deathThe Press Association - The jury of six women and three men cleared the boat's driver James Bain, 30, and its owners Clifford Nottage, 54, and Evangeless Williamson, 66, ...

Below are the posts for April 23, 2008

General Boating News

Sheldon canoe race is SundayLadysmith News Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:27 PM PDTThe 24th annual Sheldon Community Club Canoe Race will take place this Sunday, April 27. Billed as the first premier canoe and kayak race of the north, it will be starting from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jump River Wayside Park on Wis. 73 and end at Hayley Park in Sheldon.

Front PageHowell Tri Town News Wed, 23 Apr 2008 4:27 PM PDTThe deadline to sign up for the 38th Manasquan River Canoe and Kayak Race is April 25. This annual Monmouth County Park System event slated for May 10 will begin at Howell Park Golf Course, Howell, and end at the Hospital Road Canoe Landing Area. The 5.87-mile route features varied widths, depths, twists, turns, obstacles, strainers and portages and is for experienced paddlers only.

Yonkers opens new boathouse for rowersThe Journal News Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:31 PM PDTYONKERS - Kayak and canoe lovers inaugurated a new boathouse yesterday on the Hudson River that will offer more recreation opportunities to residents.


Boating course focuses on keeping Delta safeStockton Record - Stockton,CA,USABy Peter Ottesen Stockton Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers an American Boating Safety Course from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday at Dameron ...

Safe boating course offered in HowellNews Transcript Tue, 22 Apr 2008 5:36 PM PDTHOWELL - The Howell Recreation Department will sponsor a New Jersey Safe Boating Course for people age 16 and older on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Echo Lake Pavilion in Echo Lake Park, 1225 Maxim-Southard Road, Howell. The cost to attend the course is $55. Certification will be given with the passing of the course and test.

Courtesy inspections planned at Laconia boat rampThe Citizen of Laconia Wed, 23 Apr 2008 5:18 AM PDTBy GEOFF CUNNINGHAM Jr. LACONIA -- The Lake Winnisquam Watershed Association is initiating a new "Lake Host Program" that will seek to curtail the spread of invasive species both in and out of Winnisquam at the new, state-owned boat ramp on Water Street.

Accidents Etc.

21 people dead from Bahamas boating - JamaicaThe death toll from Sunday's tragic boating accident in the Bahamas climbed to 21 as search and rescue officials on Monday acknowledged that the chances of ...

World: Pirates Still Roaming High Seas, Prompting Calls For ActionRadio Free Europe: Radio Library Wed, 23 Apr 2008 4:10 AM PDTA Spanish fishing boat. A Japanese oil tanker. Even a French luxury yacht. In the last couple of weeks they've all been attacked by well-armed pirates off the coasts of Somalia and Yemen.

Coast Guard Nabs Georgia Sex OffenderFOX 35 Orlando Wed, 23 Apr 2008 9:47 AM PDTPopeye the sailor man this guy isn't. A convicted sex offender from Georgia wanted for violating his probation won’t be singing come sail away after he was nabbed by the Coast Guard in a sailboat off the coast of Florida.

Coast Guard acts on report of man falling in Detroit RiverDetroit Free Press Tue, 22 Apr 2008 9:09 PM PDTAuthorities are searching for a man who might have fallen into the Detroit River. A caller reported seeing a man fall into the river in front of a construction barge near Hart Plaza in Detroit about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard's Detroit station.

Haitian migrant boat survivors treatedAP via Yahoo! News Tue, 22 Apr 2008 2:48 PM PDTTwo Haitians who survived the capsizing of their migrant-laden boat were being treated for exposure Tuesday as the U.S. Coast Guard scanned the seas for other victims of the sinking that claimed as many as 22 lives.

Mystery of burnt out boatPerth Now Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:47 PM PDTPOLICE are looking for the owner of a power boat destroyed by fire this morning, one of two such boats stolen recently in Perth.

Maylands boat fire suspicious: policeABC via Yahoo!7 News Tue, 22 Apr 2008 7:34 PM PDTA boat fire in Maylands is thought to be suspicious and is being investigated by police.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Boating Safety Boat Accidents and Boating News

General Boating News

Canoe/kayak event set for SaturdayManitowoc Herald Times Reporter Tue, 22 Apr 2008 5:50 AM PDTTWO RIVERS The second annual East Twin River Paddle Open, a canoe/kayak run, will be held Saturday, April 26.

Alder Creek Kayak And CanoeFox 12 Oregon Tue, 22 Apr 2008 6:30 AM PDTJoe V is learning how to row, row, row his boat, but he won't be going gently down the stream. Joe spent the morning with a local kayak shop getting ready for a big weekend event.

Send to FriendCape May County Herald Tue, 22 Apr 2008 7:20 AM PDTA kayak group heads out from the Nature Center of Cape May to explore Cape May Harbor. Aqua Trails Kayak Tours will lead a special Paddle for a Purpose Kayak & Canoe Regatta during 2008 Harbor Fest to raise funds for the nature center’s Good Neighbor Fund.

Second marina to open May 1 at Lake PleasantThe Arizona Republic Tue, 22 Apr 2008 7:02 AM PDTThe second marina at Lake Pleasant, Scorpion Bay Marina and Yacht Club, finally is to become reality May 1 after a series of bruising legal battles delayed construction.

Boating Enthusiasts Invited to “Come Aboard” New SitedBusinessNews Chicago (press release) - Chicago,IL,USA“Veada Industries has been providing OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) grade marine seating to the boating industry and directly to the consumer for ...

Former Peoria Police Officer Won't Be Charged in Boating CrashCentral Illinois Proud - Bloomington,IL,USAA one-time Peoria police officer won't face charges for a drunken boat crash that left a friend dead and sent another to the hospital. ...

Michigan boating: Don't own one? Time to rent a - MI,USATRAVERSE CITY -- Boating always has been part of summer fun in Michigan. Owning a boat -- or renting one -- can give a family access to four of the five ...

Boating numbers up on the TrentWaterscape - UKIt's official, boating on the River Trent has never been so popular. Recent figures from British Waterways show a steep 22.4% increase in the number of ...

Limassol to host boating and fishing fairCyprus Mail - Nicosia,CyprusBy Anna Hassapi THE FIRST Boating and Fishing Fair will take place in Limassol between May 2 and 4, aiming to bring together professionals and consumers, ...

Senate OKs bill against drunk driving and boatingFOX 11 Tucson Tue, 22 Apr 2008 7:18 AM PDTPHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Senate has voted to impose tougher mandates and penalties against drunk boaters and drivers but reduce the period that first-time DUI offenders must use ignition interlocks in their vehicle.

Water Safety Checks Underway After Deadly Boating AccidentsKTNV Las Vegas - Las Vegas,NV,USAWith summer just around the corner, water safety will be top priority after several deadly boating accidents. So far this month, two people have died in ...
Spring Harbor Hop kicks off boating seasonWestside Star - Laurie,MO,USALake of the Ozarks — It’s true that many people consider Memorial Day the start of the boating season at Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. ...
Fuel prices may sink boating businessNewsday - Long Island,NY,USAIt's not just fuel prices that are creating a problem for the Island's boating community. The softening economy has curbed consumer confidence and ...

Boating safety course offeredColumbus Ledger-Enquirer Tue, 22 Apr 2008 6:24 AM PDTThe Georgia Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will conduct a personal watercraft and boating safety course at the West Point Management Office on May 20 and 22 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m..

Register by Wednesday for safe boating courseThe Post-Standard Tue, 22 Apr 2008 2:15 AM PDTA New York Safe Boating Course will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Skaneateles Community Center. The course, open to anyone 10 or older, is required to operate a personal watercraft.

Accidents etc.

Search for yacht scaled downThe New Zealand Herald Mon, 21 Apr 2008 7:49 PM PDTPolice are scaling down the search for a small yacht after a man reported one in trouble off the North Otago coast yesterday. A search and rescue mission was launched after a resident reported seeing a yacht about 3km off the coast from Waitaki, north of Oamaru, at about 5.20pm.

Boating accident survivors' family, friends focus on triumph through tragedyBeaumont Enterprise Mon, 21 Apr 2008 9:08 PM PDTWhile family members and friends Monday mourned the death of three people claimed by a weekend boating accident in Sabine Lake, they also expressed relief at the news that the Rev. Albert H. Williams was recovering.

Boulder Reservoir boating tragedy survivor released from hospitalDaily Camera - CO,USAThe boating season hasn't yet begun -- though boating is legal year-round at Boulder Reservoir -- and signs near the water warn boaters that the reservoir's ...

Three Port Arthur family members drown in boating accidentTexarkana Gazette Tue, 22 Apr 2008 6:26 AM PDTPORT ARTHUR, Texas—Three family members drowned and three others survived by clinging to their capsized boat for about 12 hours on Southeast Texas’ Sabine Lake, authorities said.

Smyrna Fire Dept. and Coast Guard Rescue BoatersWBOC Salisbury Tue, 22 Apr 2008 6:54 AM PDTPOMONA , N.J. - The Coast Guard and the Smyrna Delaware Fire Dept. rescued four boaters on Monday who were aboard a 14-foot skiff that broke down near Smyrna.

Cape Coast Guard crew saves sailorsCape Cod Times Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:05 PM PDTA Cape Cod-based Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet crew returned to the Cape Saturday night after participating in a harrowing rescue at sea while on assignment in Puerto Rico, officials said.

Coast Guard crews searching for missing boatersWTSP - Tampa Bay's 10 News Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:53 AM PDTRescue coordinators received a call from the Marco Island Police Department at about 9 a.m., reporting that a 16-foot flats boat was located aground with the key in the ignition, the throttle in reverse and the navigation lights engaged.

Pirates take crew of Spanish fishing boat to shore: reportAFP via Yahoo! News Tue, 22 Apr 2008 7:52 AM PDTPirates who seized a Spanish fishing boat off Somalia have taken the 26 crew members off the vessel onto dry land, the wife of the captain told Spanish radio Tuesday.

Pirates attack a tanker and a fishing boat in Gulf of AdenInternational Herald Tribune Mon, 21 Apr 2008 1:32 PM PDTPirates in the Gulf of Aden fired on a Japanese oil tanker Monday, unleashing hundreds of gallons of fuel into the sea, a day after a Spanish tuna boat was hijacked using rocket-propelled grenades

Smuggling boat hits rocks; drugs still aboardSan Diego Union-Tribune Tue, 22 Apr 2008 6:02 AM PDTSAN DIEGO – An 18-foot boat used to smuggle drugs washed ashore in Sunset Cliffs with marijuana still on board early yesterday, authorities said.

Man crushed under boatHome News Tribune Tue, 22 Apr 2008 1:11 AM PDTBRANCHBURG — A 60-year-old man who lived on Old York Road died in a freak accident Saturday while working on his boat, township police Chief Brian Fitzgerald confirmed Monday.

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These are the posts from April 21, 2008

General Boating News

LCKC paddlers dominate in Oklahoma, move closer to OlympicsAccessNorthGA Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:40 AM PDTSprint kayakers race for the finish line. OKLAHOMA CITY -- The final day of the U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team Trials proved eventful on Sunday for several area paddlers who train at the Lanier Canoe/Kayak Club in Gainesville.

Officials to Require Life Jackets After Nevada Boating DeathsKTVN Reno Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:59 AM PDTGame wardens plan to step up enforcement of a state law requiring boaters to carry life jackets after two fatal boating accidents this month in northern Nevada.

Grow Boating Australia Website Goes Live! - Melbourne,AustraliaMelbourne April 8, 2008 - After many months of development Grow Boating has launched it’s website with the mission to be the official ...

Building up boating for future Olympians [11 mins ago] (subscription) - Oklahoma City,OK,USAAP Video By Blake Jackson Morgan House was nine years old when the Olympic Games pulled into Georgia and his hometown of Gainesville buzzed to life with the ...

Coast Guard Suspects Hoax Distress CallFox 12 Oregon Mon, 21 Apr 2008 7:45 AM PDTPORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Coast Guard said it responded to what might have been a fake distress call. Coast Guard Sector Portland got a mayday transmission Sunday from a 19-foot vessel reporting it was taking on water near Kennewick, Wash.

Coast Guard calls off searchWPDE-TV Myrtle Beach - Florence Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:20 AM PDTBy Sharon Greene Posted: Monday, April 21, 2008 at 1:08 p.m. The Coast Guard has called-off their search for a vessel reported to be in-distress off the coast of Murrells Inlet.

Cape Coast Guard crew help with rescueCape Cod Times Mon, 21 Apr 2008 5:34 AM PDTA Cape Cod-based Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet crew returned to the Cape Saturday night after participating in a harrowing rescue at sea while on assignment in Puerto Rico, officials said.


Boating Safety CourseKansas City InfoZine Mon, 21 Apr 2008 6:09 AM PDTFlotilla 30-1 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering the About Boating Safely course at the Clay County Courthouse Annex, 1901 N.E. 48th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Several courses on boating safety offered in St. Lucie CountyFort Pierce Tribune Sun, 20 Apr 2008 9:16 PM PDTThe About Boating Safely Course will be available several times in the summer and fall. The course, which encourages safety on the water, covers the rules of the waterway, how to identify potentially dangerous situations and how to manage them.

Sheriff's department offers safe boating coursesThe Post-Standard Mon, 21 Apr 2008 2:29 AM PDTBecause of large demand, two new boater safety courses will be offered by the Oneida County Sheriff's Marine Patrol in April and May. The course is required for anyone 10 to 17 who wants to be able to operate a motorized boat alone.

Accidents etc.

Boat used to smuggle drugs washes ashoreSan Diego Union Tribune - United StatesBy Angelica Martinez and Greg Gross SAN DIEGO – An 18-foot boat used to smuggle drugs washed ashore in Sunset Cliffs with marijuana still on board early ...

Spain hunts for boat captured by - Lyon,FranceThe government of Spain is setting up a crisis team to handle the capture of a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia. Four pirates are asking for a ...

Man swims after boat, body found two days laterThe Northwest Florida Daily News - Fort Walton Beach,FL,USAAn Alabama man's body was recovered near the dock where authorities theorized he had tried to swim to his boat after it broke loose, according to the ...

Stricken yacht mystifies searchersNZCity Mon, 21 Apr 2008 12:23 PM PDT22 April 2008 North Otago emergency services are trying to work out what has happened to a stricken yacht. An Oamaru local reported seeing the vessel in trouble off the Waitaki coast at dusk yesterday.

Special agentJamaica Observer - Kingston,JamaicaTonne said he was most disappointed that although a huge yacht from Miami was anchored close to the screaming, waving children - ages 11 and 13 - none of ...

Six rescued after yacht sinksThe Australian - Sydney,AustraliaThe group were aboard the 24m sailing vessel Challenger Outward Bound when it began taking on water about 2.15am (AEST) today, a spokesman for the Burdekin ...

These are the posts for April 20, 2008.

General Boating News

Maryknoll's Dolan wins third raceHonolulu Advertiser Sun, 20 Apr 2008 4:10 AM PDTMaryknoll senior Ryan Dolan of the Hawai'i Canoe/Kayak Team yesterday won his third event at the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Getting out on the waterPittsburgh Post-Gazette Sat, 19 Apr 2008 9:55 PM PDTPittsburghers are in a good geographic spot to learn how to kayak or canoe on whitewater or flat-water. ...

Racing on whitewater, wildwater and river slaloms demands most from paddlersPittsburgh Post-Gazette Sat, 19 Apr 2008 9:55 PM PDThe beginning of Cameron County's Canoe and Kayak Classic is in an unlikely spot. Roughly seven miles outside Emporium, cars, trucks and paddlers standing over their boats jam one side of the road. ...

Echo Lake boating rules left unchangedBillings Gazette Sun, 20 Apr 2008 0:30 AM PDTHELENA - A state effort to restrict boating in some narrow areas of a northwestern Montana lake, and thus prevent water skiing, failed Thursday on a vote by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

N.H. senate takes up boating speed limit billBoston Globe Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:52 AM PDTAnother round of heated debate is expected Monday when lawmakers consider new speed limits for New Hampshire's largest lake.

Boating with BiodieselDomestic Fuel - Holts Summit,MO,USA... Launch plans to begin using a mixture called B20, and possibly higher mixes, on three or four of its new launches for the upcoming boating season. ...


Boating: Choose your anchor carefullyThe News-Press Sat, 19 Apr 2008 10:12 PM PDTThe act of anchoring your boat is important if you do any extensive cruising or even if you just intend to drop a hook or just wet a line.

Class offered for boating beginnersSouth Bend Tribune - South Bend,IN,USAThe US Coast Guard Auxiliary Michiana Flotilla will offer an "About Boating" course in Granger May 3. Cost is $25 per person. Participants are asked to ...


Breaking News: Boating Accident Kills 3, Injures 3KFDM Beaumont Sun, 20 Apr 2008 7:34 AM PDTThree people are dead and three injured in a boating accident on Sabine Lake, according to Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton. Chief Blanton tells KFDM News the victims include two men and a woman.

Racing yacht hits rocks and sinksBBC News Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:50 AM PDTA racing yacht with seven people on board sinks after running aground on rocks in the Firth of Forth.

Somali PM praises French raid against piratesAFP via Yahoo! News Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:36 AM PDTSomali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein on Sunday praised the French raid against pirates who had held a luxury yacht crew for a week and asked for more international help to combat pirates.

Somali pirates seize Spanish boatBBC News - UKA Spanish fishing boat with 26 crew on board has been seized by pirates off Somalia, officials in Spain say. They say the Playa de Bakio - a Basque tuna ...

Man drowns in Boulder Reservoir after boat capsizesKRDO - Colorado Springs,CO,USA(AP) - Boulder police say a 69-year-old man drowned after the boat he was in with his son capsized during gusty wind conditions. ...

9-year-old critical after being thrown from - Denver,CO,USAMORGAN COUNTY - A 9-year-old Littleton boy was in critical condition Sunday after being thrown from a boat along with his father and his 10-year-old cousin. ...

Burnham-On-Sea police probe 'suspicious' boat fire in HighbridgeBurnham-On-Sea - Somerset, UKPolice and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Highbridge on Sunday afternoon (April 20th) after a fire broke onboard a moored boat. ...

Coast Guard recovers 20 bodies after boat sinks near BahamasUSA Today Mon, 21 Apr 2008 6:40 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard has recovered the bodies of 20 migrants who were traveling in a boat that sank near the Bahamas, AP reports. The wire service says three people -- two Haitians and a Honduran -- were rescued. "Twenty-three...

Search for driver missing off stolen boatNBC 2 Fort Myers Mon, 21 Apr 2008 6:20 AM PDTAuthorities are searching for a missing boater off Marco Island after a boat was found run aground with its throttle in reverse and the navigation lights on early Monday morning.

Teen Dies in Boating AccidentWBOY-TV - Clarksburg,WV,USAROANOKE -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has confirmed that John Wesley Exline, 18, died in a boating accident at Stonewall Jackson Lake. ...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Boating Safety Boat Accidents and Boating News

Geckos leave competition in wakePacific Daily News Sat, 19 Apr 2008 9:30 AM PDTThe George Washington Geckos made their presence known in five of the six varsity races at the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation/Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam Kareran Galaide races yesterday at Matapang Beach as dozens of paddlers hit the waters, testing their prowess.

Boy, 5, killed in boat smashMelbourne Herald Sun - AustraliaShocked police said a 6m half-cabin cruiser careered into the side of a ski-boat with such force that it rode across the similar-size ski-boat. ...

Coast Guard Held Interagency Fire - USAA 41-foot Utility Boat from Station San Francisco arrived on scene, and the boat crew rescued a mock victim from the smoking boat.

GA Recreation License and Boat Registration ChangesLakefront Hartwell - Hartwell,GA,USAA contract has been signed with Central Bank authorizing a new recreational license and boat registration system that will bring much needed improvements to ...

A perfect day to be in a boatGrand Forks Herald - Grand Forks,ND,USAHit it just right, and it’s not uncommon for a group of anglers to boat upwards of 100 walleyes in day. It’s also one of the first places this side of the ...

Missing sailor found in GuernseyBBC News Fri, 18 Apr 2008 2:05 PM PDTCoastguards in Devon and Cornwall call off an extensive search for a yacht which was not seen for five days after it is found in Guernsey.

France charges Somali `pirates`AngolaPress Sat, 19 Apr 2008 2:34 AM PDTPARIS, 04/19 - A Paris court has charged six Somalis with taking a French luxury yacht`s crew hostage off Africa this month, officials say. The six were flown to Paris after being detained on Friday by French commandos in a helicopter raid, soon after the 30 hostages were released.

From the biggest to the smallest, if it's on the lake, it's at the In-Water Boat ShowLake Sun Leader Sat, 19 Apr 2008 7:20 AM PDTLAKE OF THE OZARKS - When you think of the ultimate in comfort, style, fit and finish, you think of Formula boats, Glencove Marine salesman Capt. Steve Lemens decrees.

Bill unifies impaired-boating, DUI lawsTucson Citizen Sat, 19 Apr 2008 0:07 AM PDTPHOENIX - The Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that effectively combines legislation to toughen penalties for boating under the influence with other driving under the influence measures.

Boating speed limit debate continues MondayThe Citizen of Laconia Sat, 19 Apr 2008 3:33 AM PDTBy GEOFF CUNNINGHAM Jr. A bill proposing a boating speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee will be heard before the Senate Transportation and Interstate Cooperation Committee on Monday in what is expected to be another round of heated debate.

Upshur Teen Dies In Boating AccidentThe Inter-Mountain Fri, 18 Apr 2008 9:24 PM PDTAn Upshur County teen's body was recovered from Stonewall Jackson Lake early Friday morning after rescue teams spent most of the night searching the waters. Alcohol is being blamed for the accident, according to investigators. Buckhannon -Upshur High School senior, John Wesley Exline, 18, of Ellamore in Upshur County, was found by rescue teams at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Depth & clarityBrainerd Dispatch Sat, 19 Apr 2008 11:38 AM PDT[The DNR is seeking watercraft inspector interns for the upcoming boating season. The inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

Coast Guard search in Lincoln City called false alarmNewport News-Times Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:22 AM PDTCalls from three citizens Wednesday night reporting sightings of a possible capsized vessel off the shores of Lincoln City caused the U.S. Coast Guard to launch a two-hour, search-and-rescue mission that was called off with no confirmed findings.

Boat slaying suspect seeks separate trialMiami Herald Sat, 19 Apr 2008 0:10 AM PDTAn Arkansas man charged with killing four Miami Beach charter boat members at sea is seeking a separate federal trial from his co-defendant in the murder case, according to a new court motion.

Man nearly severs leg in boat accidentMiami Herald Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:10 AM PDTA 49-year-old man from Rhode Island was on a fishing trip in the Keys Thursday when he fell overboard while trying to anchor his boat and was struck in the left leg by the propeller, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fire on Chattanooga Duck BoatWTVC Chattanooga Fri, 18 Apr 2008 2:21 PM PDTThere were some tense moments on one of the Chattanooga Ducks this afternoon. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the amphibious vehicle was on the Tennessee River near McClellan Island when the boat's captain, Barry Cole, started smelling smoke.

Man who died at Lake Powell can sue boat ownersKTAR 92.3 Phoenix Fri, 18 Apr 2008 1:33 PM PDTThe family of an Omaha man who drowned in an Arizona lake will get another chance to argue that the owners of the boat he was swimming near were negligent.

Boating Safety Courses Coming UpLakefront Hartwell - Hartwell,GA,USAOCONEE, SC - The Golden Corner Lakes Sail & Power Squadron will be teaching a boating safety courses in May and June at at the Oconee Medical Center, ...

Free Boat Safety Inspections Help Launch New Boating SeasonCommunity Common - Portsmouth,OH,USASpringfield - Recreational boaters who want to ensure they get their boating season off to a good start may want to participate in a free boat safety ...

Japan boating industry eyes new watersReuters India - Mumbai,IndiaSince the heady days of the "bubble economy", when yachts were toys for Japan's newly wealthy, the local boating industry has been stuck in harbor. ...

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The following are the posts for Friday April 18, 2008:

61st Newport to Ensenada Race: $780 eBay boat schooner enteredBYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainFerro-cement is a boat-building method dating to the mid-19th century using steel wires covered with sand and cement plaster. One is said to still be afloat ...

Somali pirates face French judge over yacht attackReuters South Africa - Johannesburg,South AfricaPARIS (Reuters) - Six Somali men involved in attacking a French yacht and holding its 30 crew hostage for a week appeared before a judge on Friday to placed ...

Coastguards' missing yacht huntBBC News - UKCoastguards in Devon and Cornwall have launched an extensive search for a yacht which has not been seen since last weekend. The 27-foot (7m) vessel, ...

Sale of Portsmouth yacht yard falls throughThe Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk,VA,USABy Gregory Richards The sale of Ocean Marine Yacht Center has fallen through, the former suitor said Friday. John S. Johnson said his group could not raise ...

Canoe/kayak athletes set to start Olympic trialsKFDA-TV Amarillo Thu, 17 Apr 2008 7:20 PM PDTAssociated Press - April 17, 2008 10:05 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Canoe/kayak shares a trait with a good number of so-called minor sports in that few people give them much thought unless it's...

Pirates used 'good conduct guide' in French yacht siegePhilippine Daily Inquirer Thu, 17 Apr 2008 4:43 PM PDTPARIS -- The Somali pirates who seized a French luxury yacht followed a strict "good conduct guide" that forbade sexual assault on women hostages, a judicial source said here Thursday.

£2m rescue boat forced to retireBBC News - UKA new Severn class vessel will be added to the Portrush fleet, the largest boat used by the charity. While the Katie Hannan will no longer be used for sea ...

Outdoor Life: The perfect boatThunder Bay's Source - Thunder Bay,Ontario,CanadaSo what’s the best answer when it comes time to buy a boat? Sometimes it’s not what we want, but rather what’s the most practical and sensible for our ...

2 fishermen rescued from capsized boatGary Post Tribune - Gary,IN,USAGerald Penn said the small boat tipped when he stood up. For two hours, nobody heard their calls for help in a remote area until Melissa Dailey drove up to ...

Raising a glass to toast a Prolific boat builderWhitby Today - Whitby,England,UKBy Staff Copy ALL hands are on deck in a Whitby pub to celebrate the launch of Parkol Marine's newest boat. Len Macknight, landlord of The Elsinore in ...

Inman man dies when boat capsizesSpartanburg Herald Journal (subscription) - Spartanburg,SC,USAAn Inman man was found dead after his boat capsized on Lake Jocassee Wednesday morning. The Oconee County Coroner's Office identified the man as Walter ...

Mandeville boat launch repairs run agroundNews Banner - Covington,LA,USABy Chad Ruiz Mandeville officials and boaters alike are becoming increasingly antsy as the proposed three months of work on the Lakefront boat launches gets ...

Markel American Insurance Company Announces SAFE Program to Promote Safety at Boating Poker RunsPR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Fri, 18 Apr 2008 9:41 AM PDTMarkel American Insurance Company, the market leading insurer for high performance boats, today announced its continuing commitment to the high performance boating market with the introduction of the Safe And Friendly Environment program.

BOATING SAFETY CLASSESAsbury Park Press Fri, 18 Apr 2008 1:38 AM PDTApril 19: One-day course in boating safety offered by Bogan's Boating School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bogan's Basin, 800 Ashley Ave., Brielle. Fee is $65. For more information call (732) 528-3847 or e-mail April 19: One-day course, America's Boating Course offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 at the Heart Building, 731 Lacey Road, Forked River 8:30 am to 4:30 ...

Boating-safety exam scheduled for April 20East Brunswick Sentinel Thu, 17 Apr 2008 4:32 PM PDTCoast GuardAuxiliary Flotilla 2-1, 167 Main St., Sayreville, will conduct a Boating Safety Test-Out Examination at 8:30 a.m. on April 20. Individuals who take the exam must have been born prior to 1979 and certify that they have at least 100 hours of boating experience.

Teen Dies in Lewis County Boating AccidentWOWK-TV West Virginia Fri, 18 Apr 2008 6:35 AM PDTRescue crews found the body of an 18 year-old student.

Man Missing After Kayak CapsizesWPTZ Plattsburgh Fri, 18 Apr 2008 9:34 AM PDTJAMAICA, Vt. -- Vermont State Police searched Thursday for a man who disappeared after capsizing in his kayak. Police said David Holcomb, 24, of Wardsboro, Vt., was boating with a friend on the West River in the Jamaica State Park.

Commission rejects boating restrictions on Echo LakeKPAX Missoula Thu, 17 Apr 2008 5:03 PM PDTAssociated Press - April 17, 2008 8:04 PM ET HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A state regulation intended to limit wakes caused by boats will not apply to narrow water lanes used to reach two bays on Echo...

Coast Guard Rescues 3WTVY Dothan Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:09 AM PDTThe Coast Guard has rescued three people after their 38-foot fishing boat sank about 50 miles southeast of Apalachicola, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Actually the following is not "new" news. The Coast Guard has been arming helicopters with 50 cal sniper rifles for at least 7 or 8 years. But the news value is in the training exercise and where it is taking place.

Coast Guard is arming its helicoptersWTSP - Tampa Bay's 10 News Thu, 17 Apr 2008 2:23 PM PDT“Use of force” training to begin off-shore tomorrow in Gulf of Mexico

Boat carrying 92 Ecuadoreans stoppedUSA Today Thu, 17 Apr 2008 4:09 PM PDTThe Ecuadorean coast guard say U.S. authorities have intercepted a fishing boat with 92 Ecuadoreans migrants aboard off the coast of Costa Rica.

Dragon Boat event lands in Chattanooga again SaturdayWTVC Chattanooga Fri, 18 Apr 2008 6:21 AM PDTJoin us for fun on the water Saturday, April 19 at Ross's Landing as 44 teams compete in the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, Presented by General Shale Brick. Last year's Grand Champions, Outdoor Chattanooga, will defend their title.

Brothers rescued after boat capsizesSouth Bend Tribune Fri, 18 Apr 2008 4:08 AM PDTGerald Penn was still at LaPorte Hospital on Thursday after he and his brother spent two hours in 40-degree water clinging to their capsized fishing boat.

Boat Capsizes at StonewallThe Inter-Mountain Fri, 18 Apr 2008 6:24 AM PDTLaw enforcement officials have confirmed that a boating accident occurred early this morning at Stonewall Jackson Lake. According to a representative of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, four people were aboard a boat when it capsized. Personnel from the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and Division of Natural Resources were conducting an investigation this morning.

Boating the biodiesel way Launch company to make smaller carbon ...The Salem News - Beverly,MA,USABy Andrea Fox (Bistany) This summer, it will get its first local use in commercial boating on Salem Sound. Mid-Harbor Launch Inc. of Marblehead has been ...

Boating classes held in RipleyRipley Bee - OH,USA“Our goal is to increase awareness of boating laws and to promote boating safety.” During the course of the day, the ten students in the class learned ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating classesMarblehead Reporter - Marblehead,MA,USATwo additional workshops, “Introduction to Navigation” on Tuesday, June 3 and “Navigation” on Thursday, June 5, starting at 7 pm, will be held at the same ...

Teenage inmates show boating skillsNorthside People - Dublin,IrelandFOUR teenage inmates of the Finglas Child and Adolescent Centre had something to celebrate last week when the boat they lovingly restored was officially ...

Nebraska Boating Skills Class This SaturdayYankton Daily Press (subscription) - Yankton,SD,USAA six-hour boating skills class will be held at 9 am Saturday, April 19, at All Seasons Power Sports, located at 3609 West Highway 52, Yankton. ...

Boating Traffic Closed on Lower Sacramento river at Cypress Street - Tampa,FL,USAHence the river is now closed to boating traffic under the Cypress Street Bridge. In my previous blog on this topic, I had noted that the California ...

Man pleads guilty in boating accidentMyrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach,SC,USABy Kurt Knapek - Gregory Strayhorn, 31, was sentenced to 30 days in prison by Judge Kristi Herrington at the Horry County Courthouse. ...

Barnett Reservoir boating permit plan put on holdJackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson,MS,USABy Bobby Cleveland • • April 17, 2008 Ross Barnett Reservoir officials on Thursday said a boating permit plan is on hold, ...