Boating Safety Is For Life

Friday, August 29, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating or swimming this weekend? Take special careTCPalm.com Fri, 29 Aug 2008 8:00 AM PDTFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is urging boaters to be extra careful this holiday weekend due to hazardous boating and conditions. The Florida Division of Emergency Management is advising beachgoers to use caution during the Labor Day weekend because of an increased threat of rip currents.

Boating hazards remain in LanierAccessNorthGA Fri, 29 Aug 2008 4:23 AM PDTBUFORD - Boaters planning to be on Lake Lanier over the holiday weekend are advised that little has changed when it comes to the boating hazards they've had to deal with all summer.

BOATING SAFETY CLASSESAsbury Park Press Fri, 29 Aug 2008 1:36 AM PDTBy Appointment: Bow to Stern - personalized/group boating instruction available. Fee $65. For more information call (732) 793-2517

Boating tip: It’s all about the weatherTCPalm.com Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:00 PM PDTNever leave the dock without first checking the weather forecast

Boating course provides many benefitsTampa Bay Newspapers - Seminole,FL,USACLEARWATER – The United States Power Squadrons has made it easy to receive a boating certificate, necessary in many states. Course completion will qualify ...

Boating Safety Course September 6, 7Massapequan Observer - Massapequa,NY,USAThe Nassau County Police Department is offering the eight-hour boating safety course. The class is open to the general public. ...

Boating skills course begins Sept. 8Lumina News - Wrightsville Beach,NC,USAby Jules Norwood With more and more boaters making use of Banks Channel, Masonboro Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, the importance of boating safety is ...

2 charged with I.D. theft in yacht schemeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel Fri, 29 Aug 2008 8:50 AM PDTTwo men have been charged in federal court with trying to steal a Milwaukee lawyer’s financial information in the purported purchase of a $549,000 yacht, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Two hurt in yacht blastBBC News Fri, 29 Aug 2008 9:21 AM PDTA man is treated for burns and a woman for shock after an explosion on a catamaran in a harbour.

Video, audio: Coast Guard rescues 3 teens off Cape CodBoston Globe Fri, 29 Aug 2008 8:04 AM PDTBy Globe Staff Video shot from a helicopter shows a Coast Guard rescue swimmer fighting through a strong current off Cape Cod Thursday to save three teenagers who had been swept out to sea. The swimmer in a bright red...

Coast Guard searches for missing boater near Fox IslandKING5 Seattle Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:30 PM PDTThe Coast Guard in Seattle received a call about a male boater who had struggled with rowing his boat before it sank.

Coast Guard rescues two from sailboatPetoskey News-Review Fri, 29 Aug 2008 0:11 AM PDTCROSS VILLAGE — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two occupants of a sailboat that ran aground near Waugoshance Point early Saturday.

Malta: 70 Missing After Boat CapsizesNew York Times Thu, 28 Aug 2008 7:57 PM PDTAbout 70 African migrants were missing after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean near Malta, the United Nations refugee agency said.

Skipper rescued from sinking boatBBC News Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:40 PM PDTA fisherman is rescued after his boat hits rocks near Plymouth Sound and begins sinking.

Another Sovereign Diving customer injured by dive boat propellerCyber Diver News Network Fri, 29 Aug 2008 5:49 AM PDTSEAHOUSES, UK (27 Aug 2008) — A scuba diver sustained deep cuts to his head when he struck a stationary boat propeller at the weekend.

3 people rescued from yacht off Dublin coastBelfast Telegraph - United KingdomThree people have been rescued from a yacht which ran aground on rocks at Ireland's Eye, off the Dublin coast. The Howth Inshore Lifeboat was alerted at 3

Feds allege bank fraud scheme via yacht dealsChicago Tribune - United StatesCourt documents filed Thursday say the two tried to steal financial information of a Milwaukee lawyer in the attempt to buy a yacht worth about $550000. ...

Boats Burglarized At Local MarinaKETV.com - Omaha,NE,USAA crime spree has targeted boat owners in the NP Dodge Park Marina, and at least one family saw their boat burned and left in the middle of the river. ...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Hitting the water? Watauga Democrat Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:09 AM PDT In North Carolina, having a life vest for everyone onboard a canoe or kayak is recommended as standard operating procedure, and now it’s the law.

ALABAMA VOICES: Commit to safe boating Montgomery Advertiser Thu, 28 Aug 2008 2:13 AM PDT Many people will take to the water this Labor Day, the last major weekend of the boating season. All of us with the Alabama Marine Police want you to be safe on the lakes and rivers around Montgomery and anywhere else you travel.

Time to compromise We are coming up on a critical (Sept. 9) hearing on the Oregon State Marine Board's proposed rule ... The Oregonian Thu, 28 Aug 2008 0:11 AM PDT The purpose of recent complaints to the board (prompting the proposed rule) is to stop or drastically slow down boating between Canby and Newberg for dock owners who do not want waves. Complaints have also come from dock owners below Willamette Falls.

Coast Guard Ready For Busy WeekendWITN 7 North Carolina Wed, 27 Aug 2008 5:19 PM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard says it will conduct heavy patrols this Labor Day weekend in the waters of the Crystal Coast

Boat ownership down in ArizonaKTAR 92.3 Phoenix Thu, 28 Aug 2008 7:42 AM PDTBoat ownership is down in Arizona, possibly because of the economy. The number of registered boats in the state has fallen about 4,000 since 2001.

Blue Mountain Squadron holding boating coursesCollingwood Wasaga Beach - Collingwood,NB,CanadaThe Blue Mountain Power and Sail Squadron is holding a series of boating courses designed to improve the boating knowledge of local residents. ...See all stories on this topic

Mussel found on boat hull at South Lake TahoeReno Gazette-Journal Thu, 28 Aug 2008 1:53 AM PDTA boat encrusted with invasive mussels and about to be launched into Lake Tahoe was stopped in what officials describe as a first-of-its-kind close call

Woman injured while boating on Lake Charlevoix Petoskey News-Review Thu, 28 Aug 2008 6:11 AM PDT IRONTON — A woman from Washington, D.C., sustained a back injury while boating on Lake Charlevoix on Tuesday.

Pair rescued after skiff overturns in Sound The Olympian Thu, 28 Aug 2008 1:04 AM PDT A Montesano couple who were without life jackets were fortunate their skiff overturned near a boating community Wednesday.

Coast Guard helps four people aboard sailboatSan Jose Mercury News Thu, 28 Aug 2008 9:18 AM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard is participating in the rescue of four people aboard a trimaran sailboat that ran into trouble in the Pacific Ocean approximately 150 miles west of Point Reyes.

Coast Guard rescues two from sailboatPetoskey News-Review Thu, 28 Aug 2008 6:57 AM PDTCROSS VILLAGE — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two occupants of a sailboat that ran aground near Waugoshance Point early Saturday.

False flare distress call costs Coast Guard about $90,000Homer News Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:15 PM PDT[Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a cutter searched Kachemak Bay last weekend for what turned out to be a false flare distress call.

Electrical problem sparks boat fire7 News Miami Thu, 28 Aug 2008 4:43 AM PDTKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Authorities said an electrical problem sparked a charter boat fire Wednesday.

Dramatic yacht rescueCaernarfon Herald - Caernarfon,Gwynedd,UKTWO people were dramatically rescued from their sinking yacht off the coast of Llyn last week. A father and his young daughter were travelling from ...

Dozens of migrants feared dead after boat sinks near MaltaGulfNews - Dubai,United Arab EmiratesValletta, Malta: More than 70 illegal migrants may have been killed after their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, according to police in Malta. ...

Ruth Lake boating restrictions in place for Labor Day WeekendThe Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USABoaters who launch their craft in Ruth Lake for the Labor Day weekend must adhere to temporary boating restrictions aimed at halting the spread of an ...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

New boating laws go into effect just before for holiday weekendKMOV St. Louis Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:43 AM PDT(KMOV) -- Labor Day weekend is known for boating and starting tomorrow new boating laws go into effect in Missouri. Last year alone in Missouri, there were more than 160 boating accidents that killed seven people and injured 148.

Proposed boating regs decriedValley Echo - Invermere,BC,CanadaThe existence of the CWSP, formalized two years ago, is the only reason why the federal government agreed to contemplate changing boating regulations on the ...

State boating accidents are downThe Cincinnati Enquirer Tue, 26 Aug 2008 2:23 PM PDTThe upcoming Labor Day weekend signals the unofficial end of the boating season, and the water has been a safer place this year in Kentucky.

Boating basics: Academy's classes teach young sailorsThe Wilmington Star-News Wed, 27 Aug 2008 8:33 AM PDTWhen Capt. Kevin Hennessey announced to his sailing class of six 8- to 11-year-olds that each of them would sail their own boat offshore, capsize it, right it and bring it back to shore, his instructions were met with a chorus of "yeah!" from the excited young sailors

Updated 8/27: Coast Guard teaches boating basicsThe Doings La Grange Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:27 AM PDTBoaters, would-be boaters and even young jet ski riders have the opportunity to make their hobby safer and more enjoyable by attending one of two classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Boat tips; tot diesStamford Advocate - Stamford,CT,USAWhen marine police arrived, the instructor and Alexandra were holding onto the boat, and Andrew and William Howell were in the water nearby. ...

Tourist dies in boating mishapBracebridge Examiner & Gravenhurst Banner Wed, 27 Aug 2008 6:50 AM PDTTragedy has struck yet again on local waterways, as a woman was killed in a personal watercraft accident on Sunday.

Boaters shaken as grounded yacht teeters on ledgeThe Salem News Wed, 27 Aug 2008 3:07 AM PDTSALEM and mdash; Seven boaters may have been shaken and stirred, but otherwise they were uninjured after the 34-foot yacht named Misconduct they were sailing on ran aground yesterday at 6 p.m. on Coney Island Ledges, Assistant Harbormaster Steve Levesque said.

3-Year-Old Drowns In Boating AccidentEyewitness News 3 Hartford Wed, 27 Aug 2008 6:20 AM PDTPolice say a 3-year-old New York girl has died in a boating accident in Long Island Sound near Westport.

Coast Guard rescues rafterSheboygan Press Wed, 27 Aug 2008 2:03 AM PDTA man whose raft floated an estimated 400 yards into Lake Michigan off Sheboygan was rescued Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the Sheboygan Police Department.

Father to be tried in boat theft during floodSt. Louis Post-Dispatch Wed, 27 Aug 2008 5:01 AM PDTA St. Louis County man is bound over for trial on charges that he stole a boat went on a joyride in floodwaters, with his preschool-aged son along for the ride.

Burning Boat Floats Down MissouriKETV 7 Omaha Wed, 27 Aug 2008 9:20 AM PDTOMAHA, Neb. -- Multiple rescue agencies responded Wednesday to a boat on fire floating down the Missouri river. The coast guard, firefighters and an Eppley rescue team responded to the river at 6 a.m.

Bluffs crew puts out boat fire on Missouri RiverCouncil Bluffs Daily Nonpareil Wed, 27 Aug 2008 9:22 AM PDT(MNS) - A blazing boat drifted down the Missouri River earlier this morning for nearly an hour before Council Bluffs firefighters finally caught up to it and extinguished the fire shortly after 7 a.m.

Lifeboat crew helps yacht to safetyDaily Post - Llandudno Junction,UKA YACHT drifted powerlessly into dangerous shipping lanes yesterday after a rope jammed its propeller and rudder. The 37ft sailing yacht Odyssey, ...

Rockland sheriff's river boat helps rescue Haverstraw-based boaterLower Hudson Journal news - West Harrison,NY,USAThe 26-foot boat hit an object in the water hard enough to damage the craft, Detective Lt. William Barbera said. It began taking in water just north of the ...

Maine Boat Crew Earns AwardMilitary.com - USAPORTLAND, Maine - A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor received awards at the station for their response to a fire July 11, 2008, ...

DNR: Practice safety first Labor Day weekendDaily Citizen - Dalton,GA,USASOCIAL CIRCLE — Boaters are sure to flood Georgia’s waterways this Labor Day Holiday weekend, bringing the summer boating season to an unofficial end. ...

Boat crash kills man in Port HackingThe Age - Melbourne,Victoria,AustraliaOne man is dead and another is being treated for hypothermia after a boating accident in Sydney's south. The two men were on board a five-metre tinnie when ...

Boating Safety and Accident News - Fires on Boats

At the end of this document is a list of all of the fires that have occurred since March this year, that were published in the news on-line. There may have been many others that were not picked up by the news services. Unfortunately the news items often do not give a lot of detail or tell what caused the fire. But in some cases it is self explanatory, especially for those occurring in the Spring when boats are being brought out of storage, or fires that occur just after fueling.

Most fires are electrical in origin, but if you have a gasoline powered boat the danger of a catastrophic explosion is very real. Fortunately there are few deaths, but they do happen, and the injuries are usually horrific. The destruction is usually total.

The key to all of this is following proper maintenance of fuel and electrical systems, and fueling procedures. I cannot stress maintenance enough. Every spring check your fuel system. Replace any hoses or fittings that are questionable. Have the tank and fuel system pressure tested for leaks. Check the clamps that keep the hoses in place. If they have started to corrode, replace them. Make sure the clamps you replace them with are 316L stainless steel, including the screw that tightens the clamp. Often the band is stainless but the screw is not. Fuel systems are not the place to try to save a few bucks. Make sure the hoses are USCG Type A hoses. Look for the label on the hose. Automotive fuel hose is not the same thing. Again, don’t try to save a few bucks here. Do not use automotive parts, either as hose or electrical parts on the engine. Do not replace starters, alternators and carburetors with automotive parts. They may look the same, but they are not the same. Electrical equipment needs to be marine UL listed, and ignition protected. If your boat is an outboard, replace the fuel hoses with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hoses. They are designed to be UV resistant and must meet marine industry standards.

Every time you use the boat, check the engine compartment first. Take a look at the fuel system and fittings. Sniff for fumes. Adequately ventilate before attempting to start the boat. Run the blower for at least four minutes. If the engine doesn’t start don’t keep cranking. It isn’t good for the starter, and it could overheat the wires to the starter. Wait a minute, and try again. If after a few tries it still won’t start, stop trying and find out why it isn’t starting. Fix the problem before trying again.

Fueling is one procedure you need to be very careful about. There is a very specific way to fuel a boat.

1. Tie up your boat securely and have everyone get off the boat. Shut off all the power on the boat. 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. Make 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 metal to metal contact with the fuel fill. Your tank and fuel system are grounded and electrically connected to the fuel fill so any static will be harmlessly discharged. However if you don't make initial contact with the fill a spark could jump from the fueling hose to the boat.

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 drips or spills on the boat. 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 and bilge for fuel by both looking and sniffing. The best gas detector is your nose. Thoroughly ventilate the boat especially the engine room.

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

http://newboatbuilders.blogspot.com/2008/04/boat-fires-and-explosions.html

What about electrical fires? One very common scenario is leaving the boat hooked up to shore power during the winter, using a space heater, and not checking on the boat. The shore power plug can become a real hot spot. Most electrical fires are a result of high resistance in a plug or other electrical device, creating enough heat to catch fire. High resistance occurs most often at connections. The shore power plug is just one of those connections. The others are connections between wires and electrical devices, connections in the panel box to a buss or to circuit breakers and fuses. Corrosion is the main culprit. The damp environment leads to rapid corrosion. Corrosion does not conduct electricity very well. This can even occur in fuse holders. Fuse holders are usually copper. Copper corrodes rapidly in a marine environment, especially if it’s saltwater. Keep wiring out of the bilges. If your boat should flood during the winter, you may have to replace all the wiring and electrical equipment. Get it inspected by a certified MARINE electrician.

All electrical systems need to be inspected annually, at the least. If you don’t use your boat very often, you should check each time you use the boat. Plugs and connectors should be kept clean and shiny. Check fuse blocks for corrosion and clean the contacts. Check circuit breakers for proper operation. Check electrical equipment for proper operation. If something keeps tripping the circuit break or blowing a fuse, find out why. Do not ignore it or jump the breaker or fuse. Fix the problem. Not doing so could mean a fire. If you have shore power, pull the plug on both ends and inspect the cord and both ends for corrosion. Do a resistance test. If it’s any more than 0 ohms, or at most 1 ohm, find out why. If the cord is getting old, cracking, getting soft, or frayed, replace it. Check the shore power socket on the boat. Is it clean and free from corrosion? Check the cap over the socket to make sure it is keeping moisture out of the socket.

All of these things will help prevent fires on your boat. Stay safe, be safe.

August 2008

Engine fire boat towed to safety BBC News Sat, 23 Aug 2008 8:05 AM PDTA fishing boat off the Manx coast is towed to safety after a fire broke out on board the vessel.

Electrical problem started boat fire today Pensacola News Journal - Pensacola, FL,USA An electrical problem is being blamed for a fire that damaged a 38-foot commercial fishing boat today in Santa Rosa County. Chief Jonathan Kanzigg with the

Boat Caught On Fire In Marina Del Rey CBS 2 - Los Angeles, CA, USA MARINA DEL REY (CBS) ― A boat caught on fire near the north jetty of Marina del Rey, two people were rescued safely. The blaze was reported on Tuesday at ...

U.S. Coast Guard launches probe into boat fire, sinking The Mining Journal Tue, 19 Aug 2008 7:39 AM PDT MARQUETTE - The U.S. Coast Guard investigation into a Sunday boat fire on Lake Superior continues today. Chief Petty Officer Brad Adams, officer in charge of the Marquette station, said the Coast Guard has examined the site where a 21-foot speedboat sank Sunday night and has found no hazards or leaks. The boat sank about a mile offshore in about 70 feet of water around 11 p.m.

Boat burns to waterline on Webster Lake Worcester Telegram & Gazette Tue, 19 Aug 2008 8:41 AM PDT WEBSTER - A 19-foot inboard-outboard boat burned to the waterline yesterday in a fire at the boat launch at Memorial Beach on Webster Lake

Young child receives severe burns in boat backfire accident Maryville Daily Times - Maryville, TN, USA The grandfather had drained the boat's fuel tank to flush out water that had gotten into it. He refilled the tank and primed the engine's carburetor with

Allied Gardens Boat Fire Under Investigation Channel 8 San Diego Thu, 07 Aug 2008 7:55 AM PDT Flames broke out on a boat at a home in Allied Gardens just before 1 a.m. Thursday in the 6500 block of Delfern Street.

Fumes Blamed In Iowa Boat Explosion KCCI 8 Des Moines Sat, 02 Aug 2008 7:49 AM PDT Fire investigators say a boat explosion that injured two people and sent the boat to the bottom of the Mississippi River was caused by an overheated engine and fumes from starting fluid.

Three die in boat fire BBC News, UK Three people have died in a fire on board a fishing boat at Fraserburgh Harbour in Aberdeenshire. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external ...

Boat sinks in flames off Carolina coast McClatchy Washington Bureau Fri, 01 Aug 2008 4:54 AM PDT CALABASH, N.C. --An engine fire at sea Wednesday morning forced 26 passengers and crew members to jump from their charter-fishing boat into the ocean, where they clung to rubber life rafts and watched the burning boat sink until help arrived.

July 2008

Coast Guard rescues 26 from burning boat WCBD-TV Charleston Wed, 30 Jul 2008 8:42 AM PDT The Coast Guard rescued 26 people from a boat that boat caught fire 17 miles off shore of Little River in Georgetown County. According to the Coast Guard the "Ms Calabash 2" was used for fishing charters.

Vapor Explosion Causes Boat Fire During Water Follies KNDO/KNDU - Yakima, WA,USA On Sunday a boat went up in flames on the Columbia River during the Water Follies. The fire was caused by a vapor explosion in the cabin of the 35 foot ...

Party Boat Catches Fire On Lake Lewisville NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth Mon, 28 Jul 2008 6:31 AM PDT A 55-foot party boat went up in flames on Lake Lewisville but firefighters said things could have been much worse.

Four People Jump To Safety After Their Boat Catches Fire On ... KNDO/KNDU - Yakima, WA,USA Three adults and one teen jumped to safety Sunday afternoon after their boat caught fire on the Columbia River. It happened just before three this afterno

BC BREAKING NEWS: Kelowna Capital News Thu, 24 Jul 2008 1:46 PM PDTA power yacht ignited and later sank in water off Nanaimo Wednesday. Two adults and their dog escaped unscathed from a boat fire near Nanaimo Wednesday afternoon.

Sea Cadets boat destroyed in fire BBC News Sun, 20 Jul 2008 5:10 AM PDT A four-metre long glass fibre yacht belonging to the Sea Cadets in Bristol is destroyed by fire.

Four people injured in boat fire on Sacramento River The Sacramento Bee Fri, 18 Jul 2008 9:42 PM PDT Four people suffered burn injuries Friday night after contents in the boat they were riding in caught fire on the Sacramento River, Sacramento City Fire Department officials report.

Boat blaze sees reef trippers evacuated Adelaide Now Fri, 18 Jul 2008 5:04 AM PDT More than 60 passengers have been evacuated from a Whitsunday Islands tourist boat off the Queensland coast after a fire broke out on board

Harbor Police Rescue Man From His Burning Boat KGTV, 10News.com - San Diego,CA,USA San Diego Harbor Police officers got the man off his burning boat, then extinguished the fire with help from personnel aboard a Navy tug, USCG Lt. Josh ...

Local Coast Guard units respond to fire aboard charter boat The Bourne Courier Mon, 14 Jul 2008 8:23 AM PDT A whale watching charter boat with 36 people aboard caught fire around 8:30 a.m. six miles off Gurnet Lighthouse in Plymouth, according to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard boats from four locations including Station Cape Cod Canal, Station Provincetown, Station Point Allerton, and Station Scituate, responded.

Passengers Evacuated After Whale-Watch Boat Fire WCVB Boston Mon, 14 Jul 2008 8:03 AM PDT Passengers on a whale-watching trip out of Plymouth Harbor had to evacuate the boat after the engine caught fire Monday.

Two pleasure boats burn Chicago Tribune - United States AP CHICAGO - Authorities say a knocked-over candle appears to be to blame for a fire that destroyed two pleasure boats in Chicago's Belmont Harbor. .

Boynton Beach firefighters extinguish boat blaze near home The Palm Beach Post Fri, 11 Jul 2008 7:24 AM PDT A boat fire reported this morning has been put out.

Lobster Boat Catches Fire, Sinks FOX 23 Maine Mon, 07 Jul 2008 5:26 AM PDT A lobsterman from South Bristol is released from the hospital after his boat, Perry's Pride III, caught fire and sank five miles off the coast of Boothbay Harbor Saturday. The man jumped overboard in a survival suit and was rescued by another fishing boat. (Provided by News 13

Boat Catches Fire on Lake Michigan MyFox Milwaukee - Milwaukee,WI, USA A small boat caught fire in the water near the docking station for the Lake Express Ferry. Aaron Schultz, who works for the Lake Express, took these photos

June 2008

Yacht gutted by fire Essex Echo - Basildon, Essex, UK Crews 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 ...

Overnight Boat Fire Near Chickamauga Dam WTVC Chattanooga Tue, 24 Jun 2008 5:21 AM PDT Chattanooga 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.

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

Boat fire The Sault Star Sun, 22 Jun 2008 5:34 AM PDT Firefighters 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

Five people into water after pleasure boat fire Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA AP 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.

Southwest Harbor: Father, son saved after boat catches fire, sinks Bangor Daily News - Bangor, ME, USA By 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 ...

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

Investigators Sift Through Charred Boat For Clues On Cause Of ...WSOCtv.com - Charlotte, NC, USA DENVER, 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 ...

Coast Guard helps burning boat KPUA Hilo Mon, 09 Jun 2008 7:58 AM PDT HONOLULU (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.

May 2008

3 girls injured in boat fire on Lake Pleasant FOX 10 Phoenix Mon, 26 May 2008 5:07 AM PDT Paramedics rushed 3 kids to the hospital after their boat catches fire north of the valley on Lake Pleasant. A 12 year-old girl was flown to Arizona Burn Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Two other girls were also treated for burn injuries. FOX 10's Allie Rasmus has more on what happened

Police investigating boat fire The Charter Tue, 20 May 2008 7:05 AM PDT Placentia-Whitbourne RCMP released a statement regarding a boat fire in the community of Fox Harbour that took place some time between late Saturday evening, May 10 and Sunday morning, May 11

Fire destroys yacht at Nashville dock The Tennessean Sun, 18 May 2008 0:27 AM PDT It took the Nashville Fire Department more than two hours Saturday afternoon to put out flames on Lady Andrea, a $750,000 yacht docked in Rock Harbor Marine in West Nashville

Boat fire in Old Saybrook WTNH-TV New Haven Sat, 17 May 2008 9:21 AM PDT Old Saybrook (WTNH, May 17, 2008 11:00 AM) - Firefighters from Old Saybrook were on the scene of a boat fire early this morning (Saturday) at the Oak Leaf Marina.

Investigators checking into boat fire Daytona Beach News-Journal Wed, 14 May 2008 8:08 AM PDT EDGEWATER -- An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Office is looking into an early morning fire that destroyed a $14,000 bass boat parked on its trailer in the Florida Shores subdivision.

Coast guard rescues 15 from boat fire Mobile Press-Register Sun, 11 May 2008 2:33 AM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 15 people from a boat that caught fire Saturday evening in Bon Secour Bay, authorities said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jaclyn Young said a passenger reported the fire at about 6:45 p.m.

Man burnt in boat fire off South Stradbroke Island NEWS.com.au – Australia A man has been injured when his cruiser boat caught fire off South Stradbroke Island, south of Brisbane. An Emergency Management Queensland spokeswoman said ...

Updated: Yacht on fire in Marsamxett Times of Malta Mon, 05 May 2008 8:47 AM PDT A catamaran has caught fire while underway in Marsamxett harbour. One person is understood to have been injured. The alarm was raised at about 5.10 p.m.

April 2008

Boaters escape injury after boat fire on Lake of the Ozarks The Springfield News-Leader Wed, 30 Apr 2008 6:38 AM PDT An 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 ...

Fire on Chattanooga Duck Boat WTVC Chattanooga Fri, 18 Apr 2008 2:21 PM PDT There 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

Police probe Grand Manan boat fireCBC.ca - Toronto, Ontario, Canada "After the boat burned, we're scared that we've got a million-dollar building here they might burn, might want to set it on fire. ...

Ipswich yacht in fire drama East Anglian Daily Times - Ipswich, England, UK The man was sailing off the Kent coast when the blaze broke at 7.15pm last night and disabled the engine and electrics on his 25ft yacht, Delores. ...

3 Safe After Yacht 'No Worries' Catches Aflame NBC 11 Bay Area Sun, 13 Apr 2008 12:19 PM PDT 3 passengers are safe after a fire that engulfed their yacht forced them to abandon ship and plunge into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay.

Authorities continue investigation into dangerous yacht fire 7 News Miami Tue, 08 Apr 2008 7:29 AM PDT MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Authorities have yet to determine what set off a boat fire that put two lives at risk at the Miami Beach Marina in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning.

Man rescued off Lovers Key as boat burns, sinks The News-Press - Fort Myers, FL, USA Shortly after 2 pm, a small boat nearly a mile offshore caught fire, sending flames and dark plumes of smoke high into the sky, and eventually sinking. ...

March 2008

Two men recovering after being trapped in boat fire 7 News Miami Mon, 31 Mar 2008 4:59 AM PDT MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Two men are recovering from smoke inhalation after a boat fire kept them trapped inside the hull of their vessel.

Crews helpless as boat burns NEWS.com.au – Australia At about 10.30pm last night fire crews from Glenorchy and Claremont were called to the blazing boat which was moored off the Austins Ferry Yacht Club. ...

Boating Safety and Accident News -Sailing Survival Story

An excellent story of Survival. This story also illustrates how the boat often survives better than the crew.


October gale roughs up solo sailor
Douglas A. Campbell

Vic Gillings was sailing from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts when he was caught in a powerful nor’easter

In the houses crammed shoulder to shoulder along the Massachusetts shore north of Gloucester, all eyes had been fixed on the ocean that Tuesday afternoon, like ticket-holders at a title fight. And in the dwindling daylight, these spectators had not been disappointed by the fury of the event. http://ms.soundingspub.com/Soundings/Octobergale.asp

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Mandate Mess: Ethanol damages marine engines, gas tanksLake Expo - Sunrise Beach,MO,USAUnfortunately, for boat owners, that realization may come a little too late and at quite a cost. The Missouri Renewable Fuel Act went into effect in January ...

Safe boating course offered in PinecrestMiami Herald Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:21 PM PDTThe Cutler Cove Power Squadron will conduct a five-week safe boating class beginning Sept. 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Palmetto Middle School, 7351 SW 126th St., in Pinecrest.

2:55 p.m. - Labor Day & Safe BoatingKARK Little Rock Mon, 25 Aug 2008 1:11 PM PDTThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds Arkansas boaters to wear their life jacket while boating on Arkansas Waterways this upcoming holiday weekend.

America’s Boating Course 3rd edition available starting Oct. 31Temple Terrace University Beacon - Temple Terrace,FL,USAThe United States Power Squadrons has made it easy to receive a Boating Certificate, necessary in many states. Course completion will qualify most boaters ...

DNR: Practice safety first Labor Day weekendThe Dalton Daily Citizen Tue, 26 Aug 2008 10:51 AM PDTSOCIAL CIRCLE — Boaters are sure to flood Georgia’s waterways this Labor Day Holiday weekend, bringing the summer boating season to an unofficial end.

Australia. NSW Maritime Boating Officers raise awareness of cold ...BYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainWith the cooler weather now upon us, NSW Maritime Boating Officers have been out on State waters in force - raising awareness of the risks involved in ...

2:55 pm - Labor Day & Safe BoatingKARK - Little Rock,USAThe US Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds Arkansas boaters to wear their life jacket while boating on Arkansas Waterways this upcoming holiday weekend. ...

Lake death in Steuben a drowningFort Wayne Journal Gazette Tue, 26 Aug 2008 3:06 AM PDTA Fremont man’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning. Steuben County Coroner Rodney Snyder released the results of an autopsy Monday for Douglas K. Zuber, 56. Zuber was boating with his wife, Linda, Saturday afternoon when he decided to go into the water to cool off.

Armed pirate gang storm luxury £20m Mediterranean yacht and rob guests of £100,000Daily Mail Tue, 26 Aug 2008 4:45 AM PDTA gang of four masked men boarded a £20million yacht in the Mediterranean and robbed guests and crew of more than £100,000.

Yacht sinksThe Maclay Argus Mon, 25 Aug 2008 4:27 PM PDTTHE owner of a yacht moored in the Macleay river at South West Rocks received a rude shock yesterday morning when NSW Maritime rang to tell him his boat had sunk and just the masts were visible above the water.


Sailors rescued in ForthThe Scotsman Tue, 26 Aug 2008 5:21 AM PDTTHREE people had to be rescued from the Firth of Forth today when their 24ft yacht started taking on water after striking something in the water.

Two Boating Accidents Over Weekend Tied to BWI13WHAM Rochester Mon, 25 Aug 2008 3:02 PM PDTGeneseo, N.Y. - A man from Lakeville is charged with boating while intoxicated after a power boat crashed into a parked boat at a public dock in Geneseo

Man killed in boating accident on Quantico Creek identifiedStafford County Sun Mon, 25 Aug 2008 4:30 PM PDTPolice have identified a 49-year-old Dale City man who died in a boating accident Monday morning, said Officer Erika Hernandez, Prince William police spokeswoman.

Lake Conroe boating accident injures three, one criticallyThe Conroe Courier Mon, 25 Aug 2008 11:42 PM PDTLAKE CONROE – A Willis man was critically injured when the pontoon boat he was piloting Saturday night was struck by a larger vessel at a high rate of speed, cutting through the smaller boat, according to officials.

Coast Guard rescues three people from capsized boat7 News Miami Mon, 25 Aug 2008 2:13 PM PDTDANIA BEACH, Fla. -- The Coast Guard rescued several people after responding to calls of a boat taking on water Monday.

Coast Guard airlifts sick fisherman off boatCape Cod Times Tue, 26 Aug 2008 7:41 AM PDTA sick 21-year-old fisherman yesterday was airlifted off of a Newport, R.I.-based boat fishing boat about 65 miles south of Nantucket.

Deep River Man Found Drowned Near Moored BoatHartford Courant Tue, 26 Aug 2008 3:03 AM PDTDonald E. Slater had planned to spend Friday night aboard his trawler moored in Deep River Harbor on the Connecticut River, but he apparently never set foot on the boat.

Suspect Arrested in Edgemere Boat DeathABC 2 Baltimore Tue, 26 Aug 2008 6:44 AM PDTBaltimore County Police say they have arrested someone in connection with the case of a man who was killed during an alleged invasion of a private boat in Edgemere Sunday...

Chit Chat: Pirates Raid Diddy's Yacht, K-CI Denies Drug Rumors ...Sixshot.com - Lucerne,SwitzerlandA luxury £20 million yacht which has been chartered by celebrities like Sean "Diddy" Combs and actor Jack Nicholson was raided by pirates on the ...

Rye Harbour Lifeboat goes to aid of yachtRye and Battle Today - England,UKBy Andy Hemsley The 26ft sail yacht 'Serene', suffered engine failure off Rye and was safely towed back to harbour by the lifeboat when it launched at ...

Man presumed dead after diving off boatVentura County Star - Camarillo,CA,USAThe man, whose name was withheld, and three children were in a boat when one of the children fell overboard, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. ...

Man Charged With BUI After Boat Strikes Harbor Wall, Injures 3NBC30.com - Hartford,CT,USAA 41-year old man was arrested on charges of boating under the influence after the boat he was operating struck a breaker wall in Bridgeport Harbor, ...

Monday, August 25, 2008

No Booze While Boating: Sobriety Checkpoints Hit WaterwaysNews10.net - Sacramento,CA,USAThey learned on the spot what Sacramento County sheriff's deputies seemed to know before boating season even began. "We've been working on this for about ...

Play it safe when boatingHerald Times Reporter - Manitowoc,WI,USAA boat crew from Coast Guard Station Two Rivers found their 15-foot fishing boat swamped. The pilot did not have on a life jacket, and later told a reporter ...

Armed gang rob financiers on yachtPerth Now Mon, 25 Aug 2008 1:37 PM PDT A DARING heist saw an armed gang target a luxury yacht off a Mediterranean island with German financiers on board robbed of a large cash sum, officials said today.

Man Missing After Boating AccidentNBC4 Washington, D.C. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:43 AM PDT A man in his 40s is missing after at boating accident near Dumfries.

Boating Accidents Kill Two; Injures FiveWCBS 880 New York Sun, 24 Aug 2008 7:30 PM PDT Two people were killed and five people were injured in boating accidents this weekend in Connecticut and New York. READ MORE>>>

Boating accident is still a mysteryThe Jackson Citizen Patriot Mon, 25 Aug 2008 7:19 AM PDT Charles Quebbeman, a business owner and father of two, often spent time on the water. He had a sailboat and belonged to the Clark Lake Yacht Club.

Lake Conroe boating accident injures three, one criticallyThe Conroe Courier Mon, 25 Aug 2008 8:37 AM PDT LAKE CONROE – A Willis man was critically injured when the pontoon boat he was piloting Saturday night was struck by a larger vessel at a high rate of speed, cutting through the smaller boat, according to officials.

Man Killed in Boating AccidentWLNS Lansing Mon, 25 Aug 2008 4:48 AM PDT Fell overboard and couldn't be saved.

Police identify drowning victim as Warren man, 41Detroit Free Press Mon, 25 Aug 2008 8:41 AM PDT The body of a 41-year-old Warren man was found in Silver Lake Saturday morning. The man was identified as Kit Kurt Knibbe, who police said drowned Wednesday afternoon while boating on Silver Lake, near Michigan's west shore.

2 Die in Long Island Boating AccidentFOX 5 New York Sun, 24 Aug 2008 7:46 PM PDT A race ended in tragedy when two powerboats collided off Long Island on Sunday. Two men died. Police said they don't know why the boat turned over during the Battle on the Bay race in the Great South Bay, a lagoon between Patchogue and Fire Island. For details, watch the video report from Fox 5's Rob Malcolm.

1 Dead In Boating AccidentKEYC Mankato Sun, 24 Aug 2008 8:53 PM PDT One person was killed and two others were hurt in boat crash in Wisconsin t

Rough water sinks boatWLUC Marquette Mon, 25 Aug 2008 7:45 AM PDT Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 7:43 p.m. Sixteen-foot fishing boat goes under, one dies in accident.

Coast Guard rescues three stranded in Barnegat BayThe Star-Ledger Mon, 25 Aug 2008 6:10 AM PDT Three people on personal water craft were plucked from the Barnegat Bay by a Coast Guard helicopter. The three, whose names were not released, set out from their home in Forked River at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Coast Guard pair's quick action leads to massive search, rescue of sailorBoston Globe Mon, 25 Aug 2008 0:05 AM PDT Most days, Chris Flaherty and Patrick Yetman clean boats at the Green Bay Coast Guard station in Wisconsin and baby-sit the radio, listening for calls of distress that don't often come.

Coast Guard rescues injured boaterPort Clinton News Herald Mon, 25 Aug 2008 5:35 AM PDT MARBLEHEAD -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an unidentified man who cut his arm while boating Friday near the peninsula and took him to shore for treatment.

Coast Guard suspends search for Brian and Brandon AndrewsAlaska Public Radio Network Sun, 24 Aug 2008 4:04 PM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for deputy Revenue commissioner Brian Andrews and his 24-year-old son Brandon, both of Juneau. The men disappeared August 9 in the process of shuttling camping gear between Young Lake on Admiralty Island and Juneau. The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter that evening, and since then the search effort [...]

Coast Guard in Green Bay Dealing with More Boating OWI'sWBAY Green Bay Sun, 24 Aug 2008 4:29 PM PDT We've told you about police patrolling the roads for drivers under the influence, but the roads aren't the only place OWI's are a problem. "How ya doin' today sir? We'd like to come alongside and do a

Couple rescued from boat after it catches fireThe Buffalo News Mon, 25 Aug 2008 4:10 AM PDT A 17-foot boat was destroyed Sunday afternoon when it caught fire in the West River after the couple on board tried to start it.

One person killed as boat overturns ABC via Yahoo!7 News Mon, 25 Aug 2008 1:40 AM PDT A person has died in a boat accident off Port Hacking, south of Sydney.

Police: Edgemere man killed during boat break-inExaminer.com - USAPolice spokesman Cpl. Mike Hill says the 21-year-old man who lives on the boat told officers he was awakened by someone trying to break in to the cabin. ...

Four feared drowned in Orissa boat capsizeHindu - Chennai,IndiaJajpur (Orissa) (PTI): At least four persons were feared drowned on Sunday as two mechanised boats capsized after colliding with each other midstream in the ...

Boating Safety and Accident News

The following Canadian Red Cross boating courses are taking place ...Sudbury Star - Sudbury,Ontario,CanadaAt the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76, Weller Street, Minnow Lake, Sudbury on Sept. 18 or Oct. 16 from 6 pm-8:30 pm; At the Gore Bay Legion on Sept. 6-7. ...

Boating CalendarThe Capital Sun, 24 Aug 2008 3:49 AM PDTANNAPOLIS SAFETY COURSE: Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron will offer the Maryland Basic Boating Course in July, August, September and October.

High Water on Lake PowellNew York Times Sat, 23 Aug 2008 9:49 PM PDTBoating and tourism have surged on Lake Powell in Arizona as the water level has risen to its highest point in six years.

Boating: Pay attention to markers in waterwaysThe News-Press Sat, 23 Aug 2008 10:22 PM PDTI was out on the river the other day in a friend's boat when I noticed quite a few boats traveling out of the channel at high speeds.

Carry a vest with that boat paddleJacksonville Daily News - Jacksonville,NC,USAChris Huebner, the NC Wildlife Resource Commission's boat law administrator and boating safety coordinator. "We changed it to make it more in line with the ...

Common Everyday Used Boating TermsCorsavoo.com - Bastia,Corse,FranceThese terms can also be boat specific, but don't shirk learning them. If you Google On Line Boating, you will find courses where all of these terms are ...

U.P. man dies in boating accidentThe Mining Journal Sat, 23 Aug 2008 9:23 PM PDTLAKE LINDEN - A Laurium man died in a boating accident on Big Traverse Bay Saturday, after his boat sank in high waves during a fishing tournament. Dan Kotajarvi, 42, was found floating by rescuers after his 16-foot boat sank with two other men on board, said Bootjack Fire and Rescue Chief Dan Sarazin.

Woman injures back in fall from boat, water patrol saysThe Springfield News-Leader Sun, 24 Aug 2008 10:05 AM PDTA Kentucky woman was taken to an area hospital with back injuries while boating at Lake of the Ozarks Saturday evening, according to the Missouri Water Patrol.


Bridgeport, CT man arrested for driving boat into breaker wallNew England Cable News Sun, 24 Aug 2008 10:40 AM PDTBRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Bridgeport man is under arrest after driving his motorboat into a breaker wall in Bridgeport harbor early Sunday morning, injuring his three passengers. Forty-one-year-old Dexter Dennis has been charged with boating under the influence. He's scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 11. The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard say Dennis and ...

Fairport boat pilot charged with BWI in IrondequoitRochester Democrat and Chronicle Sun, 24 Aug 2008 0:17 AM PDTThe pilot of a motorboat that struck Summerville Pier on Friday night has been charged with boating while intoxicated and reckless operation.

3 rescued after boat sinks in Lake ErieThe Toledo Blade Sun, 24 Aug 2008 2:27 AM PDTPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Three people were rescued from Lake Erie yesterday after their 16-foot motor boat sank in shallow water less than a mile south of Green Island, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Two adults and a boy, whose names were not released, were wearing life jackets when another boater rescued them about 9:45 a.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Channels said. It wasn't clear why the boat ...

Couple Hurt In Boat Crash On Long Island SoundWNBC Sun, 24 Aug 2008 6:29 AM PDTThe agency said the couple was fishing from the dinghy when a 22-foot boat sped toward it at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday. The vessels were near the Stepping Stones Light, off Kings Point .

Authorities try to prove boat caused crashAsbury Park Press Sun, 24 Aug 2008 3:33 AM PDTEvidence may help investigators determine if a boat registered to a Brick man was the vessel involved in the 1 a.m. Aug. 3 hit-and-run collision that took the life of an Essex Fells man.

UK. Aberdeen Coastguard assists grounded yacht, fallen woman and ...BYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainIn three separate incidents this afternoon Aberdeen Coastguard has helped a yacht which was running aground at Peterhead, sent a Coastguard helicopter to ...

Man, 22, missing and presumed drowned in boating mishap on Man. lakeEdmonton Sun - Alberta, CanadaRCMP say a 22-year-old Winnipeg man is missing and presumed drowned on a lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, after the boat he was in capsized in bad ...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Bulletin Board: A list of events in Broward CountySun-Sentinel Sat, 23 Aug 2008 0:14 AM PDTToday's highlights Boating Safety Course, 8 a.m. at Dixon Ahl Recreation Center, 2200 NE 38th St., Lighthouse Point. $40. Call 954-557-0582.

New .08 BAC takes law effect next weekLake Sun Leader Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:39 PM PDTBy Labor Day weekend, .08 will be the law on the water. Effective Aug. 28, the legal limit for boating while intoxicated will drop from the current .10 to .08 blood alcohol content, the same as on the highways

Editorial: Drinking and boating: Why the disconnect?Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN,USAThis week's announcement that the Hennepin County Water Patrol hit a high-water mark for drunken boating arrests -- with two summer weekends still to go ...

Iowa Boating - Even if you're a good swimmer is wearing a life ...InjuryBoard.com - Tampa,FL,USAJet skiing is a fun way to spend an afternoon. But unlike cars, jet skis operate on water where there are no clearly marked roads and signs telling you when ...

Record Editorial: Boating-injury study full of surprisesDL-Online - Detroit Lakes,MN,USAThe study also revealed a hidden boating hazard that might be contributing to more accidents and drownings than previously realized — carbon monoxide from ...

Safety instruction key to fewer boat fatalitiesWorcester Telegram - Worcester,MA,USAThe numbers of those who die in recreational boating accidents in Massachusetts remains constant despite fewer crashes, bucking national trends reported in ...

Woodland Trails: There is an appeal to boatingHudson Star Observer - Hudson,WI,USAThere’s something exciting about heading out in a boat. It doesn’t matter if it’sa small fishing boat or a larger boat that sleeps six because of that ...

Coast Guard Urges Kayakers To Label Their WatercraftWCSH 6 Portland Fri, 22 Aug 2008 1:50 PM PDTPORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- The Coast Guard wants to get the word out about how important it is to identify your kayak with your name and either address or phone number.

On proper boat maintenance and our fathers’ mysteriesHibbing Daily Tribune Sat, 23 Aug 2008 4:21 AM PDTToday, I have a boat. Not a boat, but the boat. I would need to consult my notes, the dusty old owner’s manual and the title to tell you all the things true boat people would want to know. Most of this information – from the construction of the engine to the physics of the hull – is a mystery to me.

Williams looks to beat veto on boat-width billWashington Daily News - Washington,NC,USAArthur Williams (D - Beaufort and Pitt) said Friday he expects to get wider boats rolling on North Carolina’s highways, despite a veto by Gov. Mike Easley. ...

Male presumed drowned at West Hawk LakeCJOB News First Sat, 23 Aug 2008 10:33 AM PDTA 22 year old Winnipeg man is missing and presumed drowned after a boating accident on West Hawk Lake. Falcon Beach RCMP say the mishap occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at the north end of West Hawk lake near Island Number Three.

Injured Boater Rescued On Lake ErieNews Channel 5 Cleveland Fri, 22 Aug 2008 4:11 PM PDTThe Coast Guard rescues a man who was injured while boating on Lake Erie Friday.

Alcohol Involved in Summerville Boat CrashR News Sat, 23 Aug 2008 3:07 AM PDTPolice say four people escaped serious injury when their boat crashed into the Summerville Pier in Irondequoit Friday night. Investigators say two men and two women were returning from boating on Lake Ontario when they crashed their fiberglass vessel into the concrete pier around 9 p.m.

Third Boat-Breakwall Crash In Two Weeks, Coast Guard Talks Safety9&10 News Cadillac Fri, 22 Aug 2008 3:03 PM PDTA 21-foot pleasure boat hit a breakwall in Frankfort last night. The Coast Guard says it happened around 10:30pm. They say all three people on board walked away.

Engine fire boat towed to safetyBBC News Sat, 23 Aug 2008 8:05 AM PDTA fishing boat off the Manx coast is towed to safety after a fire broke out on board the vessel.

Man Rescued After Boat CapsizesKOCO 5 Oklahoma City Fri, 22 Aug 2008 9:53 PM PDTA man whose boat capsized on Lake Hefner Friday is forced to cling to a buoy until help arrived.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Auxiliary offers Safe Boating Week activitiesNorth Lake Tahoe Bonanza Fri, 22 Aug 2008 7:24 AM PDTAuthorized by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, traditionally known for its boating safety classes and vessel safety checks, is comprised of more than 33,000 uniformed volunteer members.

Lifejacket saved boating accident victimWNYT Albany Thu, 21 Aug 2008 8:36 PM PDTA Castleton man's beloved motorboat is at the bottom of the Hudson River Thursday night. But he feels lucky to have survived a serious boating accident...

BOATING SAFETY CLASSESAsbury Park Press Fri, 22 Aug 2008 1:56 AM PDTBy Appointment: Bow to Stern - personalized/group boating instruction available. Fee $65. For more information call (732) 793-2517

Safety instruction key to fewer boat fatalitiesWorcester Telegram & Gazette Fri, 22 Aug 2008 6:24 AM PDTThe numbers of those who die in recreational boating accidents in Massachusetts remains constant despite fewer crashes, bucking national trends reported in a recent U.S. Coast Guard study.

Lake Minnetonka a Hot Zone for Drunk Boating ArrestsFOX 9 News Twin Cities Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:30 PM PDTThe Hennepin County Water Patrol has made 63 arrests for boating while intoxicated so far in 2008. That total is the highest number in five years, and the 2008 boating season hasn't ended yet.

Boating tragedy in PortWelland Tribune Fri, 22 Aug 2008 3:25 AM PDTA 38-year-old Dunnville man is dead after his 27-foot pleasure craft collided with the breakwall off of Port Colborne late Wednesday night. A number of agencies worked together to retrieve the boater and his boat from Lake Erie Thursday. The man's identity is not being released at this

Boating AccidentFOX 23 News Albany Thu, 21 Aug 2008 7:52 PM PDTPolice say two boaters were racing illegally on the Hudson River, leading to an accident.

Coast Guard Rescues Man Clinging To Sailboat MastWBZ Boston Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:17 AM PDTClinging to the mast of his sinking sailboat, a Hull man was rescued by the Coast Guard late Wednesday.

Body of Ontario man taken from disabled boatThe Buffalo News Fri, 22 Aug 2008 4:25 AM PDTPORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- Canadian rescue crews Thursday recovered the body of a 38-year-old Dunnville, Ont., man inside a partially submerged boat that was found in the waters of Lake Erie near Sugarloaf Marina.

Boat Hits Breakwall On Southside Of Frankfort Pier9&10 News Cadillac Fri, 22 Aug 2008 5:48 AM PDTA boat is lodged up on the breakwall on the southside of the Frankfort Pier. The pleasure craft boat hit the breakwall around 10:30 last night. 3 people were on board, and they are all okay.

UK. Motor yacht Seaworks runs aground off FalmouthBYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,SpainThe 36 foot motor yacht "Seaworks" ran aground very early this morning and is currently submerged off Zone Point, Falmouth. The yacht, which was bound for ...

Yacht capsizes in rough seasDorset Echo - Dorchester,England,UK"The helicopter was able to establish that the three-strong crew of the French yacht Bastep were all still aboard. The Portland Isle was also quickly on the

Downed line closes Conn. River to boat trafficWTNH - New Haven,CT,USAA downed wire created a high-tension scenario and stalled boat traffic near the Charter Oak Bridge. To understand why Brad Fenn is taking a boat ride with a ...

Rough weather linked to boating death of man near RangeleyKennebec Journal - Augusta,ME,USABY BETTY JESPERSEN DAVIS TOWNSHIP -- High, gusty winds and rough water contributed to a boating accident that killed a Massachusetts man this week near the ...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating Fatality Statistics Don't LieAbout.com Thu, 21 Aug 2008 6:57 AM PDTThe 2007 California Boating Safety Report says 39 of the 55 people who died in boating accidents were not wearing lifejackets. Of the fatalities, 20 involved alcohol. This...

Boating safety class set for Aug. 16The Florence Times-Daily Thu, 21 Aug 2008 8:41 AM PDTFLORENCE - A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety class is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Regions Bank, 321 N. Seminary St.The class, which covers many aspects of boating safety, meets the educational requirement for the Alabama boat operators license. Some insurance companies offer discounts to boaters completing the class.

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Dave Henderson: State seeks stiffer boating restrictionsThe Ithaca Journal Thu, 21 Aug 2008 2:31 AM PDTSmall recreational vessels were recently exempted from the federal Clean Water Act controls. But New York is now seeking to lump large recreational vessels with commercial ships in the regulations, which concern the discharge of invasive species in the ballast water.

Law now requires more training, safety education for boat operatorsPowhatan Today - Powhatan,VA,USA“The accident happened at about 10 pm; one boat ran over another.” An initial push by Delegate Cathy Byron failed to pass the law in 2006, ...

Man dies while whitewater rafting on Maine riverBoston Globe Thu, 21 Aug 2008 1:18 PM PDTA Waterville man has died after a raft flipped over while whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River in northern Maine.

Three saved after yacht capsizesBBC News Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:05 AM PDTThree people are rescued from their 30ft (9.14m) yacht when it capsizes in rough seas off the Dorset coast.

Waves smash Kowie yachtDaily Dispatch Wed, 20 Aug 2008 9:43 PM PDTAFTER sailing 5000km , the last 500m proved the most dangerous for a Port Alfred boat builder when his luxury yacht was slammed onto rocks by massive waves yesterday in the treacherous Kowie River mouth.

Warren man drowns in boating accidentDetroit Free Press Thu, 21 Aug 2008 8:54 AM PDTA 41-year-old Warren man drowned Wednesday afternoon while boating on Silver Lake, near Michigan's west shore.

Rescued sailor cited for drunken boatingGreen Bay Press-Gazette Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:53 AM PDTA boater rescued early Monday by a Coast Guard helicopter after treading water about 12 hours in the bay of Green Bay smelled of alcohol and was cited for operating while intoxicated, the Brown County Sheriffs Department said.

Coast Guard rescues 4 off San Diego coastThe Fresno Bee Wed, 20 Aug 2008 6:24 PM PDTA U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted four people from two boats off San Diego's coast after receiving distress calls. Read comments

Boat that sank in Santa Cruz was historic powerboatSan Jose Mercury News Thu, 21 Aug 2008 9:30 AM PDTThe boat that sank at its dock in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Wednesday was a history 30-foot powerboat that the owner was restoring.

Boat crahes onto breakwater at LudingtonWZZM 13 Grand Rapids Thu, 21 Aug 2008 9:23 AM PDTBoat crahes onto breakwater at Ludington

Muskegon developer dies while on his boatThe Grand Rapids Press Thu, 21 Aug 2008 6:28 AM PDTMUSKEGON -- A lifelong promoter and developer of Muskegon died Tuesday morning on his boat in northern Lake Michigan.

Woman hurt in boating accidentABC Regional Online - AustraliaA 47-year-old woman was was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital after she was hit on the head by a boom whilst on a boat at Pancake Creek near Agnes Water

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Boating Safety and Accident News

BUI Law Takes Effect for any boat, 18 day crackdown began FridaySky Hi Daily News - Granby,CO,USAChanges to Colorado’s law on boating under the influence have gone into effect, decreasing the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) and expanding the

Volvo Penta receives fifth consecutive Customer Satisfaction AwardSport Fishing - USAThe CSI awards highlight commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as support of industry efforts to improve the consumer boating experience. ...

Increased enforcement key to improved boat safetyAsbury Park Press - Asbury Park,NJ,USABy DAVE PATNAUDE • August 19, 2008 It was with great regret that I learned of the recent boating fatality on the Metedeconk River. ...

Boardings help keep boaters safeToledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USAAs of July, Coast Guard Station Toledo conducted 118 search-and-rescue cases resulting in eight lives being saved and 232 boaters being assisted. ...

3-week Labor Day crackdown underwayKingman Daily Miner - Kingman,AZ,USA"Impaired driving and boating are serious offenses, and perpetrators should expect the consequences to be equally serious," Gov. Janet Napolitano said. ...

Kosciusko facing boating curbsFort Wayne Journal Gazette Wed, 20 Aug 2008 3:06 AM PDTThe state is seeking public input on proposed boating restrictions on portions of Tippecanoe and James lakes in Kosciusko County that have already generated debate.

Architecture firm president Potrekus dies in boating accidentThe Palm Beach Post Tue, 19 Aug 2008 5:20 PM PDTA Palm Beach Gardens man died in a boating accident Monday, according to police and family members.

Milford Man Dead, Woman Hurt in Indian River Boating AccidentWBOC Salisbury Wed, 20 Aug 2008 8:05 AM PDTSUSSEX COUNTY , Del.- One person is dead and another injured after a jet ski and a 28-foot fishing boat collided in Indian River, about 500 yards south of the public boat ramp at Masseys Landing.

Boating death defense priceyThe Lewiston Sun Journal Wed, 20 Aug 2008 2:12 AM PDTPORTLAND - The defense being mounted by a man charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two boaters on Long Lake in August 2007 is fast becoming one of the most expensive in recent history, two Maine defense lawyers said Monday.

Man who loved outdoors dies in boating accidentThe Wilmington Star-News Tue, 19 Aug 2008 9:03 PM PDTA 48-year-old man who loved the outdoors and the ocean died when his boat hit a piling and ejected him into the water where the propeller cut him.

Milford man, 42, died in watercraft accidentThe News Journal Wed, 20 Aug 2008 2:11 AM PDTA 42-year-old Milford man was identified Tuesday as the victim of a boating accident in the Indian River Bay.

Coast Guard Rescuing Boaters Stuck In Fay's FuryWFTV 9 Orlando Wed, 20 Aug 2008 9:56 AM PDTTITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is braving the waters stirred up by Tropical Storm Fay because boaters are insisting on riding out the storm. The Coast Guard reports it has responded to four calls of people in the water and thee calls of grounded vessels Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard saves 4 in lakeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:58 PM PDTThe Coast Guard rescued four people — including an 8-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy — who spent about an hour in Lake Michigan off Manitowoc County after their boat sank Monday evening.

Crash Victim Was Legendary Boat BuilderCBS 13 Baltimore Wed, 20 Aug 2008 7:59 AM PDTThe man who died with his sister in a crash with a state police cruiser in St. Michaels was a legendary boat builder.

Dozens missing as rescue boat sinks in south NepalPeople's Daily Wed, 20 Aug 2008 3:42 AM PDTOver 30 people were missing in Koshi River after a boat that was being used to rescue the flood-hit, capsized at Haripur area in Saptakoshi River on Wednesday afternoon. A boat which was ferrying locals from the flood-hit areas in the district capsized at around 12:10 p.m. local time, local leading news website THT Online reported. More than 30 persons went missing in the swollen river, police ...

Tape on bow light blamed for fatal Ark. boat crashWXVT - Greenville,MS,USAAP - August 20, 2008 9:14 AM ET HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Investigators say that a boat collision last month that killed two people likely occurred because ...

Fuel from grounded boat threatens coastStuff.co.nz - New ZealandThousands of litres of diesel are threatening the coast of Ninety Mile Beach after a fishing boat ran aground on Monday night. Crew were forced to abandon ...

Electrical problem started boat fire todayPensacola News Journal - Pensacol,FL,USAAn electrical problem is being blamed for a fire that damaged a 38-foot commercial fishing boat today in Santa Rosa County. Chief Jonathan Kanzigg with the ...

Boat Caught On Fire In Marina Del ReyCBS 2 - Los Angeles,CA,USAMARINA DEL REY (CBS) ― A boat caught on fire near the north jetty of Marina del Rey, two people were rescued safely. The blaze was reported on Tuesday at ...

Boating Safety and Accident News

Kosciusko facing boating curbsFort Wayne Journal Gazette Wed, 20 Aug 2008 3:06 AM PDTThe state is seeking public input on proposed boating restrictions on portions of Tippecanoe and James lakes in Kosciusko County that have already generated debate.


NJ.com: Cumberland County ForumBridgeton News Wed, 20 Aug 2008 9:25 AM PDT2537. NJ Boater Safety Course.. Obtain your NJ Boating Safety Certificate in under eight hours...classes ongoing in the Woodbury area..call Gloucester Charters for details @ 856-848-7588.


BUI Law Takes Effect for any boat, 18 day crackdown began FridaySky Hi Daily News - Granby,CO,USAChanges to Colorado’s law on boating under the influence have gone into effect, decreasing the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) and expanding the ...


Volvo Penta receives fifth consecutive Customer Satisfaction AwardSport Fishing - USAThe CSI awards highlight commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as support of industry efforts to improve the consumer boating experience. ...


Increased enforcement key to improved boat safetyAsbury Park Press - Asbury Park,NJ,USABy DAVE PATNAUDE • August 19, 2008 It was with great regret that I learned of the recent boating fatality on the Metedeconk River. ...


3-week Labor Day crackdown underwayKingman Daily Miner - Kingman,AZ,USA"Impaired driving and boating are serious offenses, and perpetrators should expect the consequences to be equally serious," Gov. Janet Napolitano said. ...


Boardings help keep boaters safeToledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USAAs of July, Coast Guard Station Toledo conducted 118 search-and-rescue cases resulting in eight lives being saved and 232 boaters being assisted. ...


Architecture firm president Potrekus dies in boating accidentThe Palm Beach Post Tue, 19 Aug 2008 5:20 PM PDTA Palm Beach Gardens man died in a boating accident Monday, according to police and family members.


Milford Man Dead, Woman Hurt in Indian River Boating AccidentWBOC Salisbury Wed, 20 Aug 2008 8:05 AM PDTSUSSEX COUNTY , Del.- One person is dead and another injured after a jet ski and a 28-foot fishing boat collided in Indian River, about 500 yards south of the public boat ramp at Masseys Landing.


Boating death defense priceyThe Lewiston Sun Journal Wed, 20 Aug 2008 2:12 AM PDTPORTLAND - The defense being mounted by a man charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two boaters on Long Lake in August 2007 is fast becoming one of the most expensive in recent history, two Maine defense lawyers said Monday.


Man who loved outdoors dies in boating accidentThe Wilmington Star-News Tue, 19 Aug 2008 9:03 PM PDTA 48-year-old man who loved the outdoors and the ocean died when his boat hit a piling and ejected him into the water where the propeller cut him.


Coast Guard Rescuing Boaters Stuck In Fay's FuryWFTV 9 Orlando Wed, 20 Aug 2008 9:56 AM PDTTITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is braving the waters stirred up by Tropical Storm Fay because boaters are insisting on riding out the storm. The Coast Guard reports it has responded to four calls of people in the water and thee calls of grounded vessels Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.


Coast Guard saves 4 in lakeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:58 PM PDTThe Coast Guard rescued four people — including an 8-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy — who spent about an hour in Lake Michigan off Manitowoc County after their boat sank Monday evening.


Crash Victim Was Legendary Boat BuilderCBS 13 Baltimore Wed, 20 Aug 2008 7:59 AM PDTThe man who died with his sister in a crash with a state police cruiser in St. Michaels was a legendary boat builder.


Tape On Bow Light Blamed For Fatal Ark. Boat CrashKTHV Little Rock Wed, 20 Aug 2008 7:38 AM PDTInvestigators say that a boat collision last month that killed two people likely occurred because one boat had black tape over part of its green bow light.


Dozens missing as rescue boat sinks in south NepalPeople's Daily Wed, 20 Aug 2008 3:42 AM PDTOver 30 people were missing in Koshi River after a boat that was being used to rescue the flood-hit, capsized at Haripur area in Saptakoshi River on Wednesday afternoon. A boat which was ferrying locals from the flood-hit areas in the district capsized at around 12:10 p.m. local time, local leading news website THT Online reported. More than 30 persons went missing in the swollen river, police ...


Electrical problem started boat fire todayPensacola News Journal - Pensacol,FL,USAAn electrical problem is being blamed for a fire that damaged a 38-foot commercial fishing boat today in Santa Rosa County. Chief Jonathan Kanzigg with the ...


Boat Caught On Fire In Marina Del ReyCBS 2 - Los Angeles,CA,USAMARINA DEL REY (CBS) ― A boat caught on fire near the north jetty of Marina del Rey, two people were rescued safely. The blaze was reported on Tuesday at ...


Man who loved outdoors dies in boating accidentStarNewsOnline.com - Wilmington,NC,USABy Veronica Gonzalez A 48-year-old man who loved the outdoors and the ocean died when his boat hit a piling and ejected him into the water where the ...