Boating Safety Is For Life

Friday, June 27, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

US Coast Guard warns against 4 July boating under influence of alcoholBYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainUS Coast Guard Sector Detroit would like to remind all Great Lakes mariners to practice safe boating this week, 4th of July weekend and throughout the ...

Be safe on holiday weekend, says OPPCanada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,CanadaThus far this year there have been 12 boating fatalities in Ontario compared to four last year. "We are concerned about the slaughter that is happening ...

Pompano Beach: Safe boating course runs 8 weeks starting July 8Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USAThe Pompano Beach Power Squadron will conduct an eight-week safe boating course at the squadron's headquarters, 3701 NE 18th Terrace. ...

Law enforement to crack down on boatingKVII 7 Amarillo Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:09 AM PDTPosted: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 12:07 p.m. If you enjoy boating but aren't sure about the rules and regulations, listen up. Game Wardens will be stepping up enforcement this summer to ensure compliance with state laws.

Corps offers watercraft and boating safety courseColumbus Ledger-Enquirer Fri, 27 Jun 2008 6:28 AM PDTMOBILE, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, West Point Project in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, will conduct a personal watercraft and boating safety course at the West Point Project Management Office from 6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. EDT July 15 and 17.

Boating CalendarAnnapolis Capital - Annapolis,MD,USAANNAPOLIS SAFETY COURSE: Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron will offer the Maryland Basic Boating Course in three sessions on Aug. ...

SCDNR Courtesy Boating Inspections Set During July 4 WeekendLakefront Hartwell - Hartwell,GA,USAThe SC Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings in an ...

Basic tips for boating recreationistsLaurel Outlook - Laurel,MT,USABoating in Montana is a new experience for many visiting the state for the first time. Lakes and reservoirs are abundant, but boating season is shorter here ...

Cable central to boating accident was not markedArgus Observer Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:30 AM PDTWeiser — A cable stretched across the Snake River that apparently produced a deadly accident last week was not marked, according to Washington County Sheriff Marv Williams.

Troy man hospitalized after boating accidentDetroit Free Press - United StatesThe Sterling Heights man was arrested for boating under the influence of alcohol; criminal charges are pending. According to deputies, the Sterling Heights ...

Fatal boating collision investigation could end in criminal ...News Journal - Longview,TX,USAThe investigation into a boating collision on Lake Cherokee late Saturday should lead to criminal charges, sheriff's Lt. Mike Claxton said Friday. ...

Bryans Road man dies in boating accidentSo Md News - Waldorf,MD,USABy BETHANY RODGERS A Bryans Road man died Tuesday evening after he fell off the personal watercraft he was riding in Port Tobacco River near Chapel Point ...

Dentist Pleads No Contest In 2006 Fatal Boating CrashBristol Herald Courier - Bristol,TN,USAThe sniffles – from the front and back of the courtroom on Thursday – were the only signs of the tangled emotional wreckage left by a horrific boating crash ...

Louisiana Man Missing After Fall From YachtWSB-TV 2 Atlanta Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:31 AM PDTThe Coast Guard is searching for a Louisiana man who fell from a yacht

Lifeboat volunteers rescue stricken yachtHastings Today Fri, 27 Jun 2008 3:33 AM PDTA yacht drifting in the sea off Hastings at night was towed to safety by a lifeboat crew. (27/06/2008 11:27:58)

Coast Guard tows sinking sailboat into harborGloucester Daily Times Fri, 27 Jun 2008 2:41 AM PDTTwo people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday afternoon after their sailboat was taking on water. As it was traveling from Rye, N.H., to Boston, the 30-foot sailboat Pooka began to take on water and flood while it was four miles northeast of Gloucester Harbor.

Coast Guard HomicideKIII Corpus Christi Thu, 26 Jun 2008 4:27 PM PDTSome major developments in the murder of a young, female Coast Guard officer found dead in her Corpus Christi apartment.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

USA. Boaters should prepare for July 4 safetyBYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainWith American's busiest boating holiday, July 4th, upon us, the waterways will soon be brimming boaters. The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and ...

English Supports Clean Boating ActAction News 24 Erie Tue, 24 Jun 2008 1:12 PM PDTA U.S. Representative is supportive on a bill that will prevent boaters from purchasing government permits. Phil English announced his support for the Clean Boating Act of 2008 today.

Volunteer Corner: Jay Schmidt, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 1 North Lake TahoeSierra Sun Wed, 25 Jun 2008 0:09 AM PDTThe Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer portion of the Coast Guard, formed in 1939, primarily for recreational boater safety. In the late 90s, it was mandated to be able to assist the Coast Guard in its non law enforcement activities.

Grant helps divers deliver safe boating messageNew Baltimore Voice Newspapers - New Baltimore,MI,USAThe unit recently received a $2400 Boating Safety Grant from Boat US Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. The annual grant is highly competitive. ...

OPP marine units will be watching for boaters who are drinking or ...Canada NewsWire (press release) - Toronto,Ontario,CanadaORILLIA, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Ontario Provincial Police marine units will be on Ontario's lakes and rivers all weekend looking for boaters who are drinking ...

Boating ban to be lifted on Chain, portion of Fox RiverChicago Tribune Wed, 25 Jun 2008 5:57 PM PDTThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to lift a ban on boating, as of 8 a.m. Thursday, on the Chain O' Lakes and Fox River north of the Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry.

Sheriff's Office offers NYS safe boating coursesMillbrook Round Table Thu, 26 Jun 2008 9:11 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.

FWP boating class set in BozemanBillings Gazette Thu, 26 Jun 2008 2:38 AM PDTMontana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer a boating education class at 6:30 p.m. on July 2 at the FWP office in Bozeman. The class will include an overview of boating safety, equipment requirements and the rules of safe operation. Participants must ...

Sheriff, merchants on board with boating safetySouth Idaho Press Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:57 AM PDTThe Cassia County Sheriff’s Department and local watercraft merchants have teamed up to help make the area’s waterways safer. “We are really concerned,” said Jim Higens, Cassia County Sheriff. “We want the boating public to have fun but we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Father Upset That Boating Accident Case Declared MistrialKERO 23 Bakersfield Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:26 PM PDTThe father of an injured boy is upset as Fresno prosecutors plan to retry two men charged with a boating hit-and -un involving the Bakersfield boy.

Coast Guard Searches For Missing KayakerWMTW Auburn Thu, 26 Jun 2008 7:05 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing hiker off of Concord Point in Rye.

Coast Guard rescues distressed kayaker from baySan Jose Mercury News Wed, 25 Jun 2008 2:00 PM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard rescued a distressed kayaker today in the San Francisco Bay near Hunters Point, an officer said.

Yacht gutted by fireEssex Echo - Basildon,Essex,UKCrews were called at 11.30pm to the boat, which was moored about 100 metres off Western Esplanade, Westcliff. Firefighters were able to walk through thick ...

Pirates kidnap family from yacht off YemenPractical Boat Owner Magazine - Poole,England,UKFour Europeans have been kidnapped from a yacht in the Gulf of Aden and are being held in the breakaway republic of Somaliland - the northern part of

Fort Worth family safe after rafting accidentFort Worth Star-Telegram Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:24 PM PDTA vacationing Fort Worth family of six, including two children, is safe after a close call on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County, Colo. Authorities say the family and their commercial guide were rafting down the river just before 3 p.m. Tuesday when their raft flipped over about three miles east of Salida. Chaffee County Sheriff Tim Walker says two family members swam to the south river bank, ...

Top Story VideosKOAA Wed, 25 Jun 2008 8:58 AM PDTA Castle Rock man has died after a rafting accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County. Sheriff Tim Walker says Marcus Martin was thrown into the water Monday when the commercial raft he was riding flipped over just north of Salida.

Police Investigating Charles Co. Boating DeathWashington Post - United StatesAP BEL ALTON, Md. (AP) -- Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a fatal watercraft accident on the Port Tobacco River near Chapel Point State ...

Man dies in boating mishapOakville Beaver - Oakville,ON,CanadaOn Saturday evening that joy was cut short when Steven went missing while on a boating trip on Bala Bay, reportedly falling from a boat into the water

Delta Boating Accident: 4 Presumed Dead, One ArrestedeFluxMedia - USABy Charlie Brett A 14-foot boat with 10 passengers capsized in the middle of the night. Six of the passengers managed to survive, one was arrested, ...

Toddler and baby left fighting for life after falling into river on family boating holidayDaily Mail Wed, 25 Jun 2008 6:47 AM PDTA toddler and a baby were both rushed to hospital after plunging into the River Thames during a family holiday.

Boy grateful Coast Guard rescued himManitowoc Herald Times Reporter Wed, 25 Jun 2008 2:18 AM PDTTWO RIVERS John Taggart, United States Coast Guard engineering petty officer, was working in his office on Monday, which overlooks the mouth of the West and East Twin rivers near Lake Michigan, when he heard screams coming from the south pier.

Coast Guard airlifts drowning victimEureka Times-Standard Wed, 25 Jun 2008 1:30 AM PDTA U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuated a man pulled out of the Mad River unconscious and having seizures to a local hospital Tuesday. The man's age and his condition were unknown at deadline.

Boat Explosion Investigation ContinuesWBTV Charlotte Wed, 25 Jun 2008 7:34 AM PDTInvestigators in Lincoln County continue to investigate a fatal boat explosion on Lake Norman. Last month, the 80-foot "Champion Ship" blew up in the Westport Marina while refueling. Nate Coppick, 19, a student at N.C. State was killed.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

NEW FACILITY FOR SAILING AND BOATING SAFETY EDUCATIONMedia Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USARoads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas today opened a new state-of-the-art training centre in Albert Park for sailing and boating called The Boat Shed. ...

Focus on safety changing world of boatingNiagara Falls Review - Niagara Falls,Ontario,CanadaThe world of boating has changed in Ontario. In fact, the world of boating has changed across North America. The steadily increasing number of serious ...

Life jacket keeps pet safe while boatingThe Springfield News-Leader Tue, 24 Jun 2008 1:09 AM PDTWhen her owner, Robert Keene Sr. of Berkeley, N.J., picks up her small life jacket, Anabelle doesn't ruffle a hair.

Checkpoint nabs three: Missouri Water Patrol sobriety stop checks 20 boats, three drivers arrested for boating while ...Lake Sun Leader Tue, 24 Jun 2008 3:35 AM PDTLAKE OF THE OZARKS - A late-night sobriety checkpoint on the water landed three drivers in jail on boating while intoxicated charges.

Off-Duty Deputy Helps Save Local Man After Boating AccidentWQOW Eau Claire Mon, 23 Jun 2008 3:40 PM PDTA Menomonie man says he is lucky to be alive after a boating accident this weekend.

Overnight Boat Fire Near Chickamauga DamWTVC Chattanooga Tue, 24 Jun 2008 5:21 AM PDTChattanooga firefighters were busy earlier this morning -- working to contain a boat fire and fuel spill. Crews got on the scene around midnight. Dispatchers tell NewsChannel9 one boat caught fire at the docks beside Erwin Marine Sales -- that's right beside the Chickamauga Dam.

Empty boat on Lake Mansfield leads to searchBarre Montpelier Times Argus - Barre,VT,USAAP Stowe police are leading a search of Lake Mansfield after an empty boat was found raising concerns a fisherman may have fallen into the water. ...

Boat sinks at Leonardo marina; owner trying to refloat itAsbury Park Press - Asbury Park,NJ,USAMIDDLETOWN: A 23-foot boat sank at the Leonardo State Marina and a gasoline sheen was there, according to a state spokeswoman. The local health officer ...

Alcohol may have been involved in NH boat crashBoston Globe - United StatesThe boat's driver, 34-year-old Erica Blizzard, of Laconia, suffered serious injuries. Blizzard is the president of the New Hampshire Recreational Boaters ...

Boat Collision Which Resulted in Drowning Being Investigated as CrimeTyler Morning Telegraph - Tyler,TX,USALaw enforcement officers recovered the body of a 27-year-old Gladewater man from the waters of Lake Cherokee in southeastern Gregg County Monday. ...

Rafting victims were experienced on Yukon river official saysChesterton Tribune Tue, 24 Jun 2008 12:17 PM PDTChesterton resident Jeremiah Leffel and his father, Joe Leffel, had rafted twice before on the Alsek River in Kluane National Park, were familiar with its dangers, and had previously scouted the area on the river where they were ejected from their raft, the Coroner’s Service for the Yukon Territory told the Chesterton Tribune today.

Three okay after Flathead rafting accidentKAJ Kalispell Tue, 24 Jun 2008 5:37 AM PDTThree Columbia Falls residents are okay after their private raft tipped over Sunday night on the Middle Fork Flathead River.

Castle Rock Man Dies in Arkansas River AccidentFOX 31 Denver Tue, 24 Jun 2008 1:13 PM PDTSALIDA, Colo. - A Castle Rock man has died after a rafting accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County. Sheriff Tim Walker says 43-year-old Marcus Martin was thrown into the water Monday when the commercial raft he was riding flipped over just north of Salida.

Lake boating death accused freed on bondHerald Zeitung - New Braunfels,TX,USABy Georgia Fisher CANYON LAKE — A man charged with intoxication manslaughter Friday in a deadly boating incident was released on $60000 bond this weekend ...

Boy Injured In Boating AccidentWNGO - Paducah,KY,USABriensburg , KY (WNGO) A child suffered head and leg injuries after falling from a pontoon boat on Kentucky Lake Monday night in Marshall County . ...

Official says Somali pirates kidnap 4 from yachtThe Associated Press - MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A government official in northern Somalia says Somali pirates have kidnapped four Europeans from a yacht off the Gulf of Aden. ...

Coast Guard pulls boy, 12, from riverManitowoc Herald Times Reporter Tue, 24 Jun 2008 2:17 AM PDTTWO RIVERS A 12-year-old boy was pulled from the mouth of the West and East Twin rivers on Monday, near the entrance of Lake Michigan, by the United States Coast Guard after he was dared by friends to jump off the south pier and swim across to the other side.

Boy ID'd as one who fell, hit head on boatBoston Globe Tue, 24 Jun 2008 7:27 AM PDTBOSTON State officials identified a 12-year-old Randolph boy yesterday as the person who died after falling and hitting his head on a boat in Boston Harbor. William Pasquantonio was on a 29-foot recreational motor boat shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday when he was injured, said Lisa Capone, spokeswoman for the Environmental Police. The boat was off Little Calf Island ...

Robber targets three at Alameda boat rampAlameda Times-Star Tue, 24 Jun 2008 7:17 AM PDTA man armed with a handgun confronted three fishermen near the Encinal Boat Ramp on Thursday night, stealing their wallets and fishing gear.The victims were fishing on a breakwater wall when the suspect approached them about 10:15 p.

Boating Safety and Accident News for June 23, 2008

Boating Fatalities in IdahoKBOI - Boise,ID,USAThe Coast Guard says there have been 28 recreational boating fatalities this year in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana. That makes five more than at ...

Sheriff, merchants on board with boating safetySouth Idaho Press Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:56 AM PDTThe Cassia County Sheriff’s Department and local watercraft merchants have teamed up to help make the area’s waterways safer. “We are really concerned,” said Jim Higens, Cassia County Sheriff. “We want the boating public to have fun but we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Ohio boating law changesThe Marietta Times Mon, 23 Jun 2008 6:30 AM PDTAt top speed, Jesse Haught's 18-foot ski boat will hit about 45 mph on the water. But with gas prices hovering around $4 per gallon, boating this year is less about wind-in-your-hair speed or bouncing across wake and more about drifting and catching a few rays, Haught said. "I may have had it full throttle for a minute or two - just to make sure everything was running OK," Haught said.

Difficult start at solar boat race in NetherlandsThe Associated Press - LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (AP) — Forty boats sped off silently Monday in what is billed as the world's largest race for solar powered watercraft. ...

Four dead after boat capsizes near TracySan Jose Mercury News - CA, USASearchers have recovered the bodies of four Oakland men who drowned after an overloaded fishing boat capsized in a canal near Tracy. ...

Teen hit by boat severely injuredAtlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USABy MIKE MORRIS A 16-year-old swimmer was severely injured Friday night when he was hit by a boat on Jackson Lake southeast of Atlanta, authorities said. ...

Rescue teams help rafters on Sauk RiverEverett Herald Mon, 23 Jun 2008 2:48 PM PDTDARRINGTON – Three people in a rafting party on the Sauk River appeared safe this afternoon after their raft apparently hit a downed tree in the river, pitching them into the water.

Calgary man drowns after boating accidentCanada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,CanadaCALGARY - A 60-year-old Calgary man is dead after his boat capsized on a lake near Cardston. Police said they got a call Saturday about a small boat ...

Richmond man seriously hurt in boating incidentPort Huron Times Herald - Port Huron,MI,USABy LIZ SHEPARD • Times Herald • June 23, 2008 Nathan Harrison was wading in Big Muscamoot Bay in Clay Township about 6:30 pm when a boat propeller hit his ...

Man feared drowned after yacht found driftingNZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:58 PM PDTAn elderly German sailor is presumed dead after his yacht was found off the Coromandel Peninsula, nearly four weeks after the last contact with him.

American sailor wrecks $80k yacht off NZABC via Yahoo!7 News Sun, 22 Jun 2008 11:02 PM PDTAn American sailor is lucky to be alive after crashing his yacht into an island off New Zealand, just days into a solo round-the-world voyage.

Coast Guard Rescues Four BoatersABC 2 Baltimore Mon, 23 Jun 2008 6:19 AM PDTThe Coast Guard says an adult and three teenagers were found unharmed after their boat ran aground in shallow water in the Pocomoke Sound.

Coast Guard: missing boaters foundThe News-Press Mon, 23 Jun 2008 4:09 AM PDTThe United States Coast Guard has confirmed that the two boaters who were missing Sunday have been found this morning.

Coast Guard Investigates Grounding Off Maine CoastWCSH 6 Portland Mon, 23 Jun 2008 3:54 AM PDTBOOTHBAY HARBOR (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating how a charter boat with 136 passengers aboard ran aground in Boothbay Harbor. The 65-foot Argo was reported aground near Spruce Point around noon Sunday.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Ed Killer: Tell congress to support the Clean Boating Act of 2008TCPalm - West Palm Beach,FL,USAAt stake is one's enjoyment of the boating lifestyle. If something isn't done in the next 100 days, all recreational boaters might be forced to obtain yet ...

Boating and lightning - a fatal attractionOrlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USAI’d much rather be on the water sailing this Sunday morning, but instead I’m sitting at the computer thinking and writing about sailing. ...

Officials Stress Boating Safety After CrashKSAT San Antonio Sat, 21 Jun 2008 6:51 PM PDTLess than 24 hours after a fatal boating crash involving alcohol occurred on Canyon Lake, a coalition of different groups that patrol the lake spreads a message of safety.

Boat-racing event set in Chamberlain, S.D.The Bismarck Tribune Sun, 22 Jun 2008 2:19 AM PDTCHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) - Boat racing will be revved up a couple of notches when the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association's Pepsi Racing Power Cup Challenge takes place on the Missouri River near Chamberlain July 12-13. The boats reach speeds of up to 160 mph.

Four Oakland men missing in Delta after boat capsizes; boat's ...San Jose Mercury News - CA, USAAP TRACY (AP) - Authorities say four Oakland men are missing and believed drowned after their overloaded boat sank in a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta canal ...

Survivor tells of fatal boat crashStuff.co.nz - New ZealandA survivor of Friday's fatal boat accident in the Marlborough Sounds says she will continue to work for the company that owned the vessel. ...

Boat collision results in minor oil spill on OhioKentucky.com - Lexington,KY,USAThe bump caused minor damage to the boat Harry Brock, which began leaking oil following the incident, which happened near mile marker 610 on the Ohio River ...

Protected nat'l park bay in NYC is boat graveyardThe Associated Press - But Jamaica Bay also is home to something far less breathtaking: abandoned boats. At any time, scores of discarded boats — dinghies, rowboats, runabouts, ...

CREW RESCUED AS YACHT BLOWN ASHOREIsle of Wight County Press Sun, 22 Jun 2008 10:42 AM PDTBy Jon Moreno - Sunday, June 22, 2008 A CREW of three was rescued from a yacht blown aground in high winds at Gurnard today (Sunday). The incident happened close to Egypt Point between Cowes and Gurnard at around 11.30am.

Two men killed in boating accident namedNZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News Sat, 21 Jun 2008 9:56 PM PDTPolice have named two men who died and four people who were injured in a boating accident in the Marlborough Sounds on Friday

Orleans fire fighters head to boat fireCape Cod Times Sun, 22 Jun 2008 9:25 AM PDTORLEANS – Firefighters are on their way to a reported fire aboard a 19-foot boat docked behind the Goose Hummock Shops on Route 6A .

Boat fireThe Sault Star Sun, 22 Jun 2008 5:34 AM PDTFirefighters used a fire extinguisher to put out a possible electrical fire on a boat at Pine Street Maria Saturday afternoon. The fire started in the engine area of the small pleasurecraft, said platoon chief Rick Thomas of Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services. [...]

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News for June 20 and 21, 2008

Demo Day offers boating experienceThe Canton Repository Fri, 20 Jun 2008 8:17 AM PDTWant to try your hand at boating? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft will hold Demo Day from noon to 4 p.m. June 28 at Portage Lakes State Park.

Sheriff, merchants on board with boating safetySouth Idaho Press Fri, 20 Jun 2008 9:54 AM PDTThe Cassia County Sheriff’s Department and local watercraft merchants have teamed up to help make the area’s waterways safer. “We are really concerned,” said Jim Higens, Cassia County Sheriff. “We want the boating public to have fun but we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

BOATING SAFETY CLASSESAsbury Park Press Fri, 20 Jun 2008 1:35 AM PDTBy Appointment — Bow to Stern - personalized/group boating instruction available. Fee $65. For more information call (732) 793-2517

Bad luck bananasLone Star Outdoor News - Dallas,TX,USAIn any case, bananas earned a bad rap that carries forward today — even with modern synthetics replacing wood as boat building materials and with little ...

Safety comes first when boating with your petSioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls,SD,USAEven if your dog is a born swimmer, the pet needs a life vest if you're going boating this summer. It could be a long, tiring paddle to shore at an area ...

Boating fatalities increase in the NorthwestNorthwest Cable News - Portland,OR,USABy KING5.com Staff AP SEATTLE – It's only June, but recreational boating fatalities in the Northwest have risen to nearly 18 percent higher than this time ...

Coastguard not amused by elusive yachtShetland Marine News - Vidlin,Scotland,UKThe alarm was raised after the Paradis, a Mini Transat 6.50, competing in the annual Bergen to Shetland yacht race, had not made any contact with race ...

Sports briefs: Water Safety Day set at Yacht Club todayThe News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USAA Water Safety Day is from 9 am to noon today at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway. The free event is to inform the public about various ...

Man survives rafting accidentThe Aspen Times Sat, 21 Jun 2008 0:11 AM PDTBASALT - A local man was in good condition Friday evening after being knocked out of a raft during a guided trip and spending an extended period of time in the frigid Roaring Fork River, a local rafting outfit owner said.

Five people into water after pleasure boat fireSeattle Post Intelligencer - USAAP SEATTLE -- Five people jumped from a burning 26-foot pleasure boat into the waters off Port Orchard, Wash., but the Coast Guard says all were rescued.

Police investigate fatal boat collisionTVNZ - New ZealandPolice are trying to piece together what caused a boat collision that has left two men dead and two others fighting for their lives. ...

Portland men safe after boat flips on ColumbiaThe Columbian - Vancouver,WA,USABy JOHN BRANTON, Columbian staff writer Operators of a ski boat pulled two men from the Columbia River a half-mile upstream from the Interstate 5 Bridge on ...

Man Killed In Canyon Lake Boating AccidentKSAT.com - San Antonio,TX,USASAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio man was killed Friday night in a boating accident at Canyon Lake. Game wardens said the victim was being pulled on a tube by a ...

Illinois man dies in boating accident northeast of OrrMesabi Daily News Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:26 PM PDTECHO TRAIL — A 55-year-old man from Illinois was killed Tuesday evening in a boating accident on Jeanette Lake, which is just off the Echo Trail about 35 miles northeast of Orr. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

3 Georgians rescued off S.C. coast by Coast GuardThe Charlotte Observer Sat, 21 Jun 2008 7:45 AM PDTThe Coast Guard Tybee Island station has rescued three Georgians near Turtle Island, S.C. The Coast Guard said Yonpae Park, Chito Lapers and Jay Song, all of Tybee Island, called the guard by cell phone to report their 18-foot boat had overturned. The three used a flashlight to guide Coast Guard crews to their location about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. The Coast Guard said all three were wearing ...

Va. man died of heart attack after raft accidentRichmond Times-Dispatch Fri, 20 Jun 2008 3:41 AM PDTSALIDA, Colo. -- An autopsy has determined that a Virginia man died of a heart attack after a raft overturned on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Chaffee County authorities say Oscar Stevenson, 67, of Eastville was thrown into the water near Buena Vista while on a commercial rafting trip on Tuesday. -- The Associated Press

Swiss air force head resigns over deadly boating accidentUSA Today Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:33 AM PDTThe head of the Swiss Air Force has resigned after at least four airmen were killed in a whitewater boating accident during a military exercise

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Volunteers to help improve Boating SafetyPower Boat - World - AustraliaThe National Marine Safety Committee is asking boaties from around the country to volunteer for its National Boating Usage Study, the first long term diary ...

Safe Boating Ideas in BayvieldCKNX Radio - Wingham,Ontario,CanadaThe Goderich Power and Sail Squadron is conducting a Safe Boating Day this Saturday at the Habour Lights Marina in Bayfield. Dave Laurie says the day will ...

New boating regulations on Payette LakeKTVB - Boise,ID,USAMcCALL - Boaters on Payette Lake in McCall will get a lesson on the water this summer. There are several rule changes that passed last year, ...

Drinking and Boating: How Good is Enforcement on the Water?KEPR 19 - Pasco,WA,USABy Chelsea Kopta KENNEWICK -- After a weekend boat accident likely killed a man, deputies blamed a drunk boater. And it made us wonder, just how many drunk

Manatee County to consider changes to boating rulesBay News 9 Tampa Bay Thu, 19 Jun 2008 4:45 AM PDTANNA MARIA ISLAND (Bay News 9) -- Manatee County officials are considering changing the boating and manatee protection ordinances near Anna Maria Island.

In the Wake: Discover BoatingTCPalm.com Wed, 18 Jun 2008 9:14 PM PDTStay up on the latest in boating news

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office to conduct NYS safe boating coursesPawling News Chronicle Thu, 19 Jun 2008 0:32 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.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offering safety classesGainesville Daily Register Thu, 19 Jun 2008 9:13 AM PDTAlmost every boater thinks he is a nautical expert.At least it seems that way to boating technique and safety instructors such as Cooke County resident Ned Newman, a volunteer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.Safe boating requires more than time spent on a lake. It takes training and a dose of common sense, Newman said.Newman works as a volunteer with Flotilla 10-2 on Lake Texoma. He said he ...

Couple sues over raft accidentBillings Gazette Thu, 19 Jun 2008 0:24 AM PDTJACKSON - A New Jersey couple involved in the rafting accident that killed three people on the Snake River in 2006 has filed a lawsuit claiming that tour companies underplayed the danger of rafting there.

CLIFDEN LIFEBOAT ASSISTS YACHT IN DIFFICULTY OFF CLIFDEN BAYGalway Bay FM - IrelandA yacht with 9 people on board had to be assisted by the Clifden RNLI lifeboat today. The 33 foot yacht lost it's mast while competing in a race off Clifden ...

Yacht rescue drama in KZNDaily Dispatch Wed, 18 Jun 2008 9:56 PM PDTAN EAST London woman was among three people saved in a dramatic sea rescue when their yacht ran into trouble in heavy seas off the KwaZulu-Natal south coast early this week.

Boating on Rivers in Johnson County Allowed, But Still Restricted ...KCRG - Cedar Rapids,IA,USABy Becky Ogann DES MOINES - Boating is now being allowed on all waters in Johnson County except Coralville Reservoir and Lake Macbride, by authority of the

Saylorville Lake Still Unsafe For BoatingKCCI.com - Des Moines,IA,USAPOLK CITY, Iowa -- Water levels are receding, but still high at the Saylorville spillway, so the Army Corps of Engineers says it’s still unsafe for boating ...

Girl trapped when boat overturnsSouth Idaho Press Thu, 19 Jun 2008 9:11 AM PDTA boat that flipped on the Snake River Sunday, sent a Burley girl to the hospital after she was briefly trapped underneath the vessel.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Ethanol-blended fuels can cause headaches for boat ownersCanada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,CanadaNANAIMO, BC - Boat owners should be wary of ethanol-blended gasoline and its potential effect on marine engines, cautions Fred Boese, president of Nanaimo's ...

Weekly Boating Tip: June 18, 2008Naples Daily News Tue, 17 Jun 2008 9:05 PM PDTAdd another dimension to your time on the water with quality optics. There’s more to see out there than just waves, islands, oyster bars and high-end real estate.

Southwest Harbor: Father, son saved after boat catches fire, sinksBangor Daily News - Bangor,ME,USABy Rich Hewitt SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine - A father and son crew were rescued unharmed Tuesday afternoon after their boat caught fire and sank in the waters ...

Powerful storm capsizes boat, killing fishermanThe Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Newark,NJ,USABY CARLY ROTHMAN A Middlesex Borough man died Monday night after a sudden and violent thunderstorm capsized the single-mast boat he was sailing near the

Va. man dies on Colorado rafting tripRichmond Times-Dispatch Wed, 18 Jun 2008 8:02 AM PDTSALIDA, Colo. -- A Virginia man is dead after a rafting accident on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista in Colorado. Oscar Stevenson III, 67, of Eastville was on a commercial rafting trip yesterday when his raft overturned at a spot known as Pinball Rapids. Stevenson was thrown into the water, but a raft guide and other rafters pulled him ashore.

Freighter Crashes Into Uecker's Yacht Near MilwaukeeWISC - Madison,WI,USAMILWAUKEE -- Actor and Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker will need to get himself a new boat as his yacht was damaged when it was hit by a ...

1 dead in boating crashFoster's Daily Democrat - Dover,NH,USABy JOHN KOZIOL A 34-year old Meredith woman was killed and two other women were injured early Sunday morning when the boat they were in struck the rocky ...

Questions in boating deathNorthwest Herald - Crystal Lake,IL,USAThe water was not suitable for a power boat. It certainly was not suitable for a row boat - and all boats, powered or not, are prohibited when the waterway ...

Barbour Gets 2 Months In Boating DeathHighlands Today Tue, 17 Jun 2008 5:15 PM PDTSEBRING — A Sebring man, originally charged in the boating death of a 19-year-old woman, has been sentenced to 60 days. State's Attorney Steve Houchin declined to prosecute on the most serious charge, boating under the influence-manslaughter. Instead, William Barbour, 38, 3920 Lakeview Dr., pled guilty to reckless operation of a vessel and received 60 days in Highlands County Jail – with credit ...

Coast Guard searches for missing boaterMiami Herald Wed, 18 Jun 2008 5:32 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 67-year-old man whose boat was found empty near Soldier Key in Miami early Wednesday morning

Cuba says 2 die as as smugglers overturn boatAP via Yahoo! News Wed, 18 Jun 2008 8:50 AM PDTSmugglers fleeing from Cuba's Coast Guard overturned a boat loaded with U.S.-bound migrants to distract pursuers, killing a woman and an 11-year-old boy, Cuba reported Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Officials look to curb drunken boatingDanbury News Times - Danbury,CT,USABut there are dangers to be found on the water, particularly from boaters operating under the influence of alcohol. According to the state Department of ...

Woodland Council puts brakes on fast boatingThe Daily News Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:47 PM PDTAn emergency ordinance passed by Woodland City Council on Monday is slowing all boating activities on Horseshoe Lake to a 5 miles-per-hour crawl this summer.

Boating in Alaska can be deadly if you take my adviceAnchorage Daily News (subscription) - Anchorage,AK,USABy FRED DYSON If you want to have a fatal boating accident, Alaska is the place to be. According to the national boating fatality statistics, Alaskans die ...

Shop for a Yacht Broker, then a yachtBy admin As you begin your journey in the world of yacht ownership or to charter a yacht, it is easy to get lost in the quest to find the ultimate yacht. From website to website, location to location, you risk losing countless hours of your time ...

U. S. Coast Guard Flotilla 51, Coos Bay receives grantThe World Tue, 17 Jun 2008 7:05 AM PDTThe Oregon State Marine Board will be send almost $8,000 to Coos Bay to boost boating safety programs.

Man killed in Bitterroot River accident was rafting guideMissoulian Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:28 PM PDTHAMILTON - Bitterroot Valley fishing guide Dave Dedmon died on Sunday after his raft flipped over on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. According to Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman, Dedmon, 53, of Corvallis, was pronounced dead at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital late Sunday afternoon.

Man Found Clinging To Boat 235 Miles South Of JamaicaWPBF - West Palm Beach,FL,USAThe US Coast Guard is scouring the Caribbean Sea for three people reported missing by a man found clinging for his life to a capsized boat Sunday. ...

Boat collides with dam at Johnson Lake, passengers cited and uninjuredLexington Clipper Herald - Lexington,NE,USAJOHNSON LAKE - Four men escaped injury when the 25-foot boat in which they were riding, struck the Johnson Lake dam at approximately 3 am last Saturday ...

ODNR: Body of driver in boat collision foundPort Clinton News Herald - Port Clinton,OH,USAMiller was operating a 21-foot Sea Ray powerboat when it collided with a 41-foot Formula boat driven by Phil Steinle Jr., 53, of Sandusky, shortly before ...

All 3 crew airlifted safely off yacht EggnogAndrew Stevens, NSRI Durban Deputy Station Commander said: At around midday today NSRI Shelley Beach were alerted to track the progress of the yacht Eggnog sailing from Port Edward to Durban and reportedly battling in heavy weather but ...

Clemson University student dies in boating accidentPickens Sentinel - Pickens,SC,USABy Rita-Sue Seaborn OCONEE COUNTY - A Clemson University senior died Thursday after he fell from the boat he was piloting on Lake Hartwell in Oconee County. ...

Hubby's Pizza founder named as boating accident victimMid Columbia Tri City Herald - Kennewick,WA,USABy Michelle Dupler, Herald staff writer There's even a pizza bearing his nickname at Hubby's Pizza, the popular joint he and his wife opened in Kennewick in ...

Coast Guard searching for 3 missing near JamaicaCharlotte Sun Tue, 17 Jun 2008 5:39 AM PDTMIAMI (AP) -- The Coast Guard is searching for three people reported missing from a vessel off the coast of Jamaica. A man was found Sunday clinging to that capsized boat about 235 miles south of Jamaica. He was spotted by a Customs and Border Protection aircraft.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Summer BoatingFox 12 Boise - Nampa,ID,USA"No one wanted to get in the water, but it's just fun to be out boating," said Dorsey. And although the cold water seems refreshing, the Ada County ...

Events today: A black light show; boating classes continueBonitanews (subscription) - Naples,FL,USADescription: A recent National Safe Boating Campaign slogan was “You’re in Command – Boat Responsibly” and you can do just that by being an educated boated. ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating classesTahoe Daily Tribune Mon, 16 Jun 2008 6:05 AM PDTU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, South Lake Tahoe Flotilla 11-4, is offering a public boating education class on three dates this summer. The class will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21, July 26 and Aug.

Boating SafetyNorthland's News Center Mon, 16 Jun 2008 3:50 AM PDTHere in the "Land of Thousands of Lakes", boating is a big activity for a lot of people. Safety is the most important part of boating and Dave Anderson tells about the details that matter most.

Woman Who Opposed Boating Speed Limit Dies in Marine WreckFOXNews - USAGILFORD, NH — A woman who testified against boating speed limits was killed and two others were injured early Sunday when their boat crashed on New ...

Recreational Boating Closed on Portion of Mississippi in IowaKIMT Mason City Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:07 PM PDTDES MOINES — The Mississippi River has been closed to recreational boating from mile marker 169 to 482.9, an area from Rock Island , Ill. , to St. Louis , by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Boating safety classes continue todayNiles Daily Star Mon, 16 Jun 2008 8:28 AM PDTCASSOPOLIS - Cass County Sheriff Joseph M. Underwood Jr. reminds people that the marine season is fast approaching. He advises that people need to make sure their boats and all safety equipment are in working order to insure a fun and safe season on the waters in Cass County.

Coast Guard visit causes a big stir in Midland ParkThe Record Mon, 16 Jun 2008 8:42 AM PDTMIDLAND PARK — The U.S. Coast Guard came to town Friday morning, conducting a water safety fair for more than 350 children from the Highland and Godwin schools.

Man dies in rafting accident near SulaBillings Gazette Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:59 PM PDTMISSOULA - A Bitterroot Valley man has died in a rafting accident on the Bitterroot River north of Sula. The Ravalli County sheriff says it happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, when a raft carrying a husband and wife hit some debris in the water and flipped ...

Fire destroys boats at Longview Yacht ClubHouston Chronicle - United States2008 AP JEFFERSON, Texas — At fire at the Longview Yacht Club destroyed and sank two boats and left at least three damaged. Crews were scheduled to be at ...

NSRI pulls four from stormy seaIndependent Online - Cape Town,South AfricaJust before jumping from the yacht, Jelberts said he had given an order to cut loose the life raft and had called his wife Roda on his cellphone and told ...

Bystanders save deputy knocked from boatThe Flint Journal - MLive.com - Flint,MI,USAThe deputy, who's name was not released by the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, was knocked from his boat about 2:10 pm Sunday by a large wake, ...

2 boats collide in Sandusky Bay; man, 21, missingToledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USASANDUSKY - Rescue crews yesterday searched Sandusky Bay for a 21-year-old Erie County man thrown overboard after two power boats collided between the Lyman ...

Alcohol suspected in boat collision near cable bridgeMid Columbia Tri City Herald - Kennewick,WA,USAA 74-year-old man is missing in the Columbia River near Finley after his boat was hit from behind by another boat Saturday night. He is presumed dead after ...

Capsized boat's owner chargedWaterbury Republican American - Waterbury,CT,USABY JOHN MCKENNA REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN MORRIS — The operator of a paddle boat that capsized on Bantam Lake on Saturday with 22 people on board has been ...

Fatal boat crash on NH lakeNECN - Newton,MA,USAThe boat's operator, 34-year-old Erica Blizzard of Laconia, suffered serious facial injuries. Another passenger, 34-year-old Nicole Shineopules of ...

Coast Guard transports 52 to shore after boat becomes disabled in Sandy Hook BayAsbury Park Press Mon, 16 Jun 2008 6:49 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard transported 52 passengers and crew to shore after a boat's propellers became entangled while anchored in Sandy Hook Bay in Atlantic Highlands Saturday night.

Man injured in boat explosion in Port St. LucieThe Palm Beach Post Mon, 16 Jun 2008 5:40 AM PDTA man was flown to an area trauma center after an explosion on a boat burned his face and arms.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Safety tips to take the hazard out of boating for dogsBCLocalNews - Victoria,BC,CanadaDo note: Because of the high cost of boating accoutrements necessary these days for a safe boating experience, one may want to opt for the good old ...

Boating safety is all about taking it easyNorthernLife.ca - Sudbury,ON,CanadaBoating Restriction Regulations limit speed to 10 km/hr when operating within 30 metres of shore. For the safety of all persons sharing the waterways,

Lake at full pool, patrol urges boating cautionLake Sun Leader Sun, 15 Jun 2008 3:29 AM PDTLAKE OF THE OZARKS - The lake is hovering at full pool.

New boating rules go into effectThe Columbus Dispatch Sun, 15 Jun 2008 4:23 AM PDTThe law-writing business, which seems recession-proof as long as the legislature is in session, grinds on.

Save the fuel bucks while boating, tooThe Patriot-News Sat, 14 Jun 2008 9:10 PM PDTWith boaters facing record-high fuel prices, the Boat Owners Association of The United States has a few tips that could help stretch their fuel dollars.

Meredith, NH, woman dies in boat crashWCAX - Burlington,VT,USAThe state marine patrol bureau says 34-year-old Stephanie Beaudoin was a passenger in a boat that struck the shore of Diamond Island in Gilford around 2:30 ...

Seven boaters rescued in the Gulf of Mexico after pleasure boat sinksHouston Chronicle - United States2008 AP GALVESTON, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued seven people, including two children, who took shelter on an oil rig after their pleasure boat started ...

1 person missing after boat collision on Columbia in WASeattle Post Intelligencer - USAOne person is missing in the Columbia River after a boat collided with an anchored boat near Finley, Wash. Kennewick Fire Capt. ...

Emotional wounds from boating death unhealedSouthland Times - Invercargill,New ZealandKirsten died shortly after being hit in a boating accident on Lake Te Anau. She was hit by a boat driven by Graeme Andrew Hall shortly after she fell off a ...

Northridge Girl, 17, Killed In Boating AccidentCBS 2 Los Angeles Sun, 15 Jun 2008 8:36 AM PDTA Northridge woman was killed Saturday in a boating collision on the Colorado River, authorities said. Lauren Taguchi, 17, was on a boat that crashed nearly head-on into another boat at about 11:30 a.m. near Riverside County's McIntyre Park, Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Ned Hyduke said.

N.J. man, 51, charged in boating accidentAsbury Park Press Sun, 15 Jun 2008 1:37 AM PDTA New Jersey man was indicted on manslaughter charges for the death of a Philadelphia woman in a boating accident on the Elk River last summer.

Coast Guard Searches For Body After Boats Collide19 Action News Cleveland Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:09 AM PDTSandusky, OH - The United States Coast Guard has launched a recovery search Sunday for one body after two boats collided near the Venetian Marina just before 1 a.m.

Coast guard fishes out persons drowned in jetski tragedyKhaleej Times Sun, 15 Jun 2008 5:37 AM PDTFUJAIRAH - Rescue Police and Coast Guards personnel in Fujairah have fished out bodies of two Syrians, who were apparently drowned in the sea while they were riding a waterscooter.

Brits rescued after boat flipsNew York Daily News Sat, 14 Jun 2008 10:43 PM PDTA four-man team rowing across the Atlantic from New York City to Britain had to be rescued Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard when their boat capsized.

Firefighters tackling boat blazeBBC News Sun, 15 Jun 2008 3:49 AM PDTDozens of firefighters tackle a fire on board a boat at Leith Docks in Edinburgh which broke out in the early hours.

Boat capsizes - nobody hurtThe Register Citizen Sun, 15 Jun 2008 7:35 AM PDTBANTAM - A boat with 20 people capsized on Bantam Lake Saturday afternoon, state police said. Nobody was hurt, police said. State police from Troop L in Litchfield responded to the incident.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Thanks to Diabolic Bill for the comments.

This is the news for the last two days. One of these happened just down the road from where I live. They had no business being there because the waters are very high and dangerous, and no one, not even the children, was wearing a lifejacket. This was inexcusable.

Boat operator faces 3 counts of homicideThe Olympian - Olympia,WA,USAFriday afternoon, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch found probable cause to order the boat's operator, Vincent Eric Farler, 42, ...

Man reportedly drunk when boat overturnedSeattle Times Sat, 14 Jun 2008 0:19 AM PDTA 42-year-old Olympia man had a blood- alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his boat flipped on the Nisqually River on Thursday...

Little boy found dead after boat overturns in WA riverSeattle Times - United StatesA 5-year-old boy died when a small boat carrying five people overturned in the swift and dangerous Nisqually River east of here. ...

As you can see this got a lot of press, and good that it did! This is pure negligence.

Boating Season - let common sense prevailSarnia Observer - Ontario, CanadaI'm an avid boater and for the record, I also enjoy almost anything with a motor. However, last Sunday we were anchored off Blackwell beach with 4 children

Strickland signs boating billPort Clinton News Herald - Port Clinton,OH,USATed Strickland recently signed legislation to enhance boating safety on Ohio waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of ...

Many ways to save fuel while boatingGoErie.com - Erie,PA,USAWith gas at about $4 per gallon and rising, you had better be thinking about ways to improve fuel economy in your boat. Borrowing from expert advice, ...

Boating Safety TipsKOSA - Odessa,TX,USADWB or drinking while boating carries the same penalties as a DWI. A person who appears to have a blood alcohol level above .08 on the water can be arrested ...

Stiffer penalties for alcohol-related boating incidents possibleNews 10 Now Syracuse Fri, 13 Jun 2008 4:48 PM PDTThe family of a young woman who died in an alcohol-related boating crash is speaking out for tougher laws. Tiffany Heitkamp's family joined State Senator John DeFrancisco in asking the State Assembly to pass "Tiffany's Law."

Boating Safety Tips-06/13/08 Kara Lee CBS 7 News 06/13/08 Boating Safety TipsCBS 7 West Texas Fri, 13 Jun 2008 6:24 PM PDTTexas,-Its the responsibility of a Texas Game Warden to enforce all boating laws. The most important thing you wear at a lake is not your swimsuit but your lifejacket.

Lake at full pool, patrol urges boating cautionLake Sun Leader (subscription) - Camdenton,MO,USAIn the meantime, the Missouri Water Patrol is warning boaters to keep a lookout for large floating debris that can be a navigational hazard if hit by a boat ...

Marine Board approves new grants for boating safety projectsNewport News-Times Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:34 AM PDTThe Oregon State Marine Board recently approved a number of boating safety education projects from the new "Let's Go Boating" assistance program.

Boating Ban in Johnson CountyKCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids Fri, 13 Jun 2008 8:46 AM PDTSOLON - A boating ban has been issued for all waters in Johnson County, including rivers, Lake Macbride and the Coralville Reservoir, for safety reasons as most law enforcement staff is busy with flood related issues. Anglers may still fish from shore at Lake Macbride.

New Coast Guard facility helps locate boaters in distressWTNH-TV New Haven Fri, 13 Jun 2008 3:20 AM PDTNew Haven (WTNH, June 13, 2008 12:22 PM) -- The Coast Guard has a new weapon to help keep Connecticut residents safe and sound this summer. A state-of the art facility is open just in time for the height of boating season.

Tall ships open to the public this weekendThe Daily News Fri, 13 Jun 2008 8:48 AM PDTIf all you ask is a tall ship, you’ll have your choice of two at the mouth of the Columbia River this weekend. The Coast Guard training ship Eagle and the Lynx, a replica of Baltimore clipper schooner, will be open for public tours at separate ports.

Two boats destroyed in fire at Longview Yacht ClubMarshall News Messenger - Marshall,TX,USABy Maggie Souza, Cox East Texas A boat docked at the Longview Yacht Club on Lake O' the Pines caught fire early Friday while its owner, Gregg County ...

Texas Grandfather Swims 8 Hours to Reach Help After Boat CapsizesFOXNews - USAA Houston grandfather swam more than eight hours in the dark to reach help for his two friends and a teenage boy after his 15-foot fishing boat capsized on ...

• Dispute over access may have led to vandalism of boatThe Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com - Jackson,MI,USATeresa and Paul Weier, who support the policy, found their $55000 pontoon boat covered with debris and run ashore Friday morning near the Beach Bar. ...

Coast Guard helps seven in NC, patches hole in boatThe Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk,VA,USABy Patrick Wilson Coast Guard crews helped seven people in North Carolina Friday afternoon after their boat began taking on water. ...

Jackson County Boat OrdinanceWLAJ - Lansing,MI,USAIn Jackson County, an unanimous vote has banned boat-owners from leaving their boats overnight at docks placed at public road ends.

NJ man indicted in Maryland boating deathExaminer.com - USAThe Mount Laurel, NJ man is facing manslaughter, alcohol, and reckless boating charges. Authorities say Rosati was operating a 42-foot power boat with five ...

3 dead, 2 missing in Swiss army boating accidentOttawa Recorder - Ottawa,Ontario,CanadaSPIEZ, Switzerland - A boating accident during a Swiss military exercise Thursday killed at least three soldiers and left two others missing, the army said. ...

Woman, 45, injured in boating accidentBaltimore Sun - United StatesA 45-year-old woman was seriously injured last night when she was struck by a power boat while riding on a personal watercraft in Stony Creek near Fort ...

Oconee County man thrown from boat killedThe State Fri, 13 Jun 2008 9:08 PM PDTA 22-year-old man from Central was killed when he suffered head trauma after being thrown from a boat on Lake Hartwell, authorities say. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Christopher Allen Orr’s body was found after the Thursday night accident in about 28 feet of water, The Greenville News reported. The accident occurred as Orr was driving a boat that was pulling someone on a knee board, ...

Partially sunk yacht leaks fuel at marinaThe Sarasota Herald-Tribune Fri, 13 Jun 2008 1:48 AM PDTAn environmental cleanup firm was called in Thursday to absorb about 200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked after a yacht partially sank in a downtown Bradenton marina.

Coroner puts recreational boating under spotlightThe Southland Times - Southland,New ZealandOtago-Southland regional coroner Judge David Crerar has recommended Maritime New Zealand, in conjunction with the National Pleasure Boating Forum, ...

MID-SHORE: Teenagers escape injury in boating accidentDelmarva Daily Times - MD,USACENTREVILLE — Two teenagers had escaped serious injuries when an inflatable ski tube they were riding on the Corsica River near Centreville hit a wake and ...

Coast Guard Rescues 6 from Detroit RiverWXYZ-TV Detroit Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:28 PM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard pulled six people from the Detroit River near Wyandotte Thursday after a boat capsized and bystanders who tried to help found themselves in danger too.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Coast Guard hotline no longer in serviceCapital City Weekly Tue, 10 Jun 2008 6:02 PM PDTAs many of you may recall, the U. S. Coast Guard Infoline (a toll-free phone number formerly referred to as the Boating Safety Hotline) was discontinued October 1, 2006 due to budget shortfalls.

FWC Suggests Life Jackets as Father's Day GiftsWakulla.com - Crawfordville,FL,USAThe FWC investigates many of the boating accidents in Florida. So far this year, boating accidents have resulted in 16 people drowning. ...

Boating organization offers tips to stretch fuel dollarsLincolnton Journal - GA,USAPaint the boat's bottom: When boating in salt or brackish waters a fouled bottom is like a dull knife. It takes a lot more fuel to push your boat through ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary sponsors boating courseHuntington Herald Dispatch - Huntington,WV,USABARBOURSVILLE -- The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are sponsoring an America's Safe Boating course from 8 am to 5 pm Saturday, June 21, ...

Sheriff's Office to conduct boating coursesThe Voice Ledger Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:30 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.

Boating safety classes scheduledCharlevoix Courier Thu, 12 Jun 2008 5:27 AM PDTBoating safety classes scheduled for the following dates:

Coast Guard Auxiliary sponsors boating courseThe Huntington Herald-Dispatch Wed, 11 Jun 2008 6:32 PM PDTBARBOURSVILLE -- The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are sponsoring an America's Safe Boating course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit at 95 Peyton St., in Barboursville.

Avoid boating, canoeing on high waterCharles City Press Thu, 12 Jun 2008 8:04 AM PDTThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is advising boaters and canoeists to stay off the rivers and flood control reservoirs until the water returns to a more normal level. The strong current and heavy rains washed in debris and moved around other obstacles in rivers and reservoirs creating an unsafe situation.

Clean Boating Act of 2008 Moves ForwardAbout - News & Issues - New York,NY,USAThe Clean Boating Act of 2008 has moved forward from the Senate and House committess, but recreational boaters are still urged to contact their Senators and ...

Not All Boating Accidents Happen on the WaterKansas City InfoZine Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:52 AM PDTSome boating accidents occur while trailering your boat to and from the water, and quite frequently, the mishap occurs right on the launch ramp.

Former Batavia star dies after raft accidentThe Geneva Sun Wed, 11 Jun 2008 2:05 AM PDTLOVELAND, Colo. -- Kevin Bryant, a former basketball standout at Batavia High School, died Sunday night at Medical Center of the Rockies, where he had been hospitalized since suffering injuries in a rafting accident six days earlier, according to a Web site report

Investigators Sift Through Charred Boat For Clues On Cause Of ...WSOCtv.com - Charlotte,NC,USADENVER, NC -- For the first time fire investigators are getting the chance to sift through what's left of the charter boat that exploded in Denver two days ...

Body recovered in Lake Norman boat explosionWRAL.com - Raleigh,NC,USADENVER, NC — Officials have recovered the body of a man who died when a boat exploded on Lake Norman earlier this week. The Charlotte Observer reported the ...

Capsized sailboat recovered in Gulf of MexicoThe Associated Press - Officials believe the keel of the vessel ripped off shortly after the Regata de Amigos race began Friday, filling the boat with water. ...

Swiss army says at least 1 soldier killed, 3 injured in boating ...International Herald Tribune - FranceAP WIMMIS, Switzerland: A boating accident in central Switzerland killed at least one soldier and injured three others Thursday morning, the army said. ...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Boat Fires and Explosions: Fueling your boat

Again, there was a boat fire after fueling:

Boat explodes at marina; 1 missingThe News & Observer Wed, 11 Jun 2008 5:32 AM PDTA charter boat with five people aboard exploded at a Lake Norman marina Tuesday evening, and one of those aboard is still missing.

Boat catches fire at Denver marinaNews 14 Carolina Wed, 11 Jun 2008 5:42 AM PDTDENVER, N.C. -- The search for a boater that disappeared during a fire is expected to resume Wednesday. A large boat caught fire Tuesday afternoon at West Port Marina in Denver. Investigators say the boat was refueling at the marina when it exploded.

So I am reposting the blog entry I made in May on fueling boats.

Be very careful. Follow the proper procedures; Make sure your boat is properly maintained. Here they are again.

1. Tie up your boat securely and have everyone get off the boat. Shut all the power on the boat off. Turn off the battery switches. If you have a propane system with any automatic pilot lights, shut them off. Obviously, NO SMOKING.

2. Close up the boat tight. Make sure all the hatches, doors, ports and vents are closed.

NOTE: some people make the mistake of running the bilge blower while fueling. DO NOT DO THIS. You are actually sucking fumes into the boat. Wait until after fueling to run the blower, see step 6.

3. Fuel the boat yourself. Makes sure the nozzle is in the right opening. You would be surprised at how many people have tried to fuel through a fish pole holder or filled the water tank with gas. Make sure the nozzle stays in contact with the fuel fill. Your tank and fuel system is grounded ad connected to the fuel fill so any static will be harmlessly discharged. However if you don't make intital contact with the fill a spark could jump.

4. Make every attempt not to spill fuel or over fill the tank. Know how much your tank holds and keep track of how much you use. Know how much you need to pump. Clean up any spills on the boat or drips. Dispose of the rags properly. Do not spill overboard. This not only pollutes the environment, it can get you a hefty fine.

5. Now open the boat up completely. Open the doors, windows, hatches, ports and the engine room. Check the engine room bilge for fuel by both looking and sniffing. The best gas detector is your nose.

6. Turn the battery switch on and start the engine room blower. Let it run for at least five minutes.

7. Start the engines. Close up the engine room hatch and other doors and hatches you don't want open. Get everyone back on board. Turn on any other power switches and appliances that need to be on.

8. Get underway

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Avoid Boating, Canoeing on High WaterKCRG - Cedar Rapids,IA,USABy Becky Ogann DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is advising boaters and canoeists to stay off the rivers and flood control ...

Boating season brings new batch of safety concernsDaily Press - Newport News,VA,USAWith intoxicated-boating charges on the rise, local marine enforcement officers offer tips to keep you safe. By MATTHEW STURDEVANT 247-7874 Hampton Marine

No boating allowed on FoxThe Courier News - Elgin,IL,USABy Emily McFarlan Staff Writer The Illinois Department of Natural Resources declared part of the Fox River a Restricted Boating Area on Monday because of ...

Boating safety course saves livesParagould Daily Press Tue, 10 Jun 2008 6:28 AM PDTRow, row, row your boat gently down the stream. While boating can be a fun adventure, safety precautions must be followed. First, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1986 must pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish boating education course to legally operate a motor boat.

Boating safety classes scheduledCharlevoix Courier Tue, 10 Jun 2008 5:26 AM PDTBoating safety classes scheduled for the following dates:

3:24 p.m. -- Idaho deputies to step up patrol to prevent drunken boatingThe Idaho Statesman Mon, 09 Jun 2008 2:35 PM PDTLaw-enforcement officers will be stepping up drunken-boating checks beginning this month to reduce the number of alcohol-related boating injuries and fatalities on Idaho waters.

Boat rides? Watch you don't chargeWinona Post Tue, 10 Jun 2008 8:52 AM PDTWhen Bob Fort hauled his pontoon boat down to Latsch Island, he had no idea he was supposedly becoming a criminal. The Fountain City man just wanted to help some friends out.

Friends' raft adventure turns tragicSan Jose Mercury News Tue, 10 Jun 2008 1:47 AM PDTRobert Blight was having the time of his life, rafting down the treacherous Rogue River with a lifelong buddy.

Former HS basketball star dies in raft accidentABC 7 Chicago Mon, 09 Jun 2008 9:28 PM PDTA former west suburban basketball star has died following a rafting accident.

Fairbanks boat crash injures 2Fort Mills Times - Fort Mill,SC,USAFAIRBANKS, Alaska — Fairbanks police say two women in a boat parked on the Chena River were injured when a second boat crashed into them. ...

Bassett man charged with drunken boatingChicago Tribune - United StatesAP BASSETT, Iowa - A Bassett man has been arrested for drunken boating in the Little Cedar River near Bassett in northeast Iowa. Joe Cerwinske was arrested ...

Man dies following boating accident [6 mins ago]NewsOK.com (subscription) - Oklahoma City,OK,USA... Ricky Lee Christopher, 45, were towing a wakeboarder Thursday on Lake Hefner when a wave driven by high winds knocked the two from a boat, officials said.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Boating Safety and Accidents News

Safe-boating class offers certificationStamford Advocate - Stamford,CT,USASTAMFORD - Green Marine will offer a safe-boating course from 6 to 10 pm today and tomorrow at the Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent St. This class ...

AustralianBoating.com.au Launches the First Australian Boating ...PR Web (press release) - Ferndale,WA,USAThe AustralianBoating Beacon is Australia's first boating & marine PDF newspaper. A three page round-up of the latest boating & marine news. ...

Extra care is vital when boatingGreenwich Time - Greenwich,CT,USAWise words from the commander of a local Power Squadron recently that should be taken to heart by recreational boaters at all levels of experience as the ...

Boating safety course saves livesParagould Daily Press - Paragould,AR,USA1, 1986 must pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish boating education course to legally operate a motor boat. This law became effective Jan. 1, 2001. ...

Person missing in sinking of PEI crab boatNational Post - Toronto,Ontario,CanadaSUMMERSIDE, PEI -- Three members of a Prince Edward Island fishing vessel are safe but another is missing after abandoning their sinking crab boat Sunday ...

US rescues 70 people stranded off YemenAFP - DUBAI (AFP) — A US Navy destroyer operating in shark-infested waters between Somalia and Yemen has rescued a boat in distress which was loaded with about 70 ...

Batavia graduate Kevin Bryant dies after rafting accident in ColoradoDaily Herald Mon, 09 Jun 2008 9:31 AM PDTFormer Batavia High School basketball standout Kevin Bryant died Sunday night after a whitewater rafting accident last week in Colorado.

Get involved with bills that affect boatersMaineToday.com - Portland,ME,USAWell-meaning elected officials consider, and sometimes pass, legislation that can put additional burdens on boaters and the boating industry. ...

Coast Guard finds kayakers who didn't need savingSan Francisco Chronicle Mon, 09 Jun 2008 9:10 AM PDTA pair of kayakers from Aptos are safe and unhurt today after apparently spending the night on Angel Island after they failed to return home from watching Sunday's Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on the bay. The U.S. Coast Guard said it launched three rescue

Coast Guard helps burning boatKPUA Hilo Mon, 09 Jun 2008 7:58 AM PDTHONOLULU (AP) _ The Coast Guard is assisting six people aboard a wooden hull fishing vessel that caught fire 140 miles north of Maui. A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane dropped a dewatering pump and a VHF radio onto the 54-foot fishing vessel Lady Chul.

Body of sailor found in boat in Gulf of MexicoAP via Yahoo! News Sun, 08 Jun 2008 5:48 PM PDTDivers have found the body of a sailor aboard a boat that capsized during a regatta on the Gulf of Mexico.

Boat capsizes in central Vietnam, killing 6 childrenAP via Yahoo! Malaysia News Mon, 09 Jun 2008 7:30 AM PDTVietnamese state media says six children are dead after a boat capsized in central Vietnam.