Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Free boat safety inspections offered as new boating season begins Wilmington News Journal, OH - Wilmington, OH, USA One way to ensure that recreational boating remains a safe and pleasurable experience is to get a free vessel safety inspection that is offered by the Ohio ...

Boating Education class being offered Paris Express Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:32 AM PDT The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are partnering to provide a Boating Education Course open to the public beginning May 11 and ending May 12, 2009.

Learn safe boating Big Bear Grizzly Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:26 AM PDT Its boating season on Big Bear Lake. That means itâs time to learn about safe boating.

Cutter to be named for female reserve founder - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times Navy Times Wed, 29 Apr 2009 09:42 AM PDT WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The U.S. Coast Guard is naming a ship in honor of Purdue Universitys first full-time dean of women who organized a womenâs reserve for the service during World War II.

Two rescued after Clear Lake boating accident Yakima Herald-Republic - Yakima, WA, USA One of two men rescued after a boating accident this morning at Clear Lake is in critical condition at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. ...

2 Killed In Boating Tragedy Honored At YMCA News4Jax.com - Jacksonville, FL, USA The two co-workers and friends were among the five people killed in an Easter boating tragedy on the Intracoastal Waterway. Many of the nine others who were ...

Drowning victim pulled from river Texarkana Gazette - Texarkana, TX, USA Two men apparently drowned during a camping trip on the Red River after a boating accident swamped their 16-foot aluminum boat Friday night. ...

Two children, seven adults drown in boat tragedy Malaysia Star - Malaysia By NELSON BENJAMIN, MEERA VIJAYAN and AUSTIN CAMOENS JOHOR BARU: A boat trip turned tragic when nine people, including six members of a Pakistani family who ...

Second victim in boating accident dies Parkersburg News - Parkersburg, WV, USA BELLEVILLE A second person died Monday afternoon from a boating accident Saturday on the Ohio River, according to the coroner of Wood County. ...

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters off Catalina Island Los Angeles Daily News Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:52 AM PDT SANTA CATALINA ISLAND - Coast Guard crews rescued two people aboard a commercial fishing boat that was taking on water some two miles off Santa Catalina Island, a coast guard spokesman said today.

Two hurt boating in Rockaway Beach Branson Daily News Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:05 AM PDT ROCKAWAY BEACH The Missouri State Water Patrol has reported that two men were injured Saturday afternoon when the boat they were in struck a log in the water.

Mich. man convicted of sinking boat in Lake Huron Chicago Tribune - United States A Cheboygan man has been convicted of several charges involving his sinking of a 44-foot boat in Lake Huron. A federal jury in Bay City found Wayne T. ...

Rescue Boat Sinks During Rescue Exercise - 4/29/09 4:22 PM EST MPBN News - Portland, ME, USA The crew of a rescue boat participating in a swift-water rescue training exercise on the Penobscot River were forced to swim to shore yesterday after the ...

Westport Fire, civilian rescue two after boat capsizes South Coast Today - New Bedford, MA, USA By SouthCoastToday.com Westport firefighters and a Good Samaritan rescued two people from Devol Pond Tuesday afternoon after their boat capsized. ...

Canoeist reported missing in Loveland The Cincinnati Enquirer Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:04 PM PDT Divers are searching the Little Miami River in downtown Historic Loveland for a 46-year-old man who disappeared after a canoe capsized near Loveland Canoe & Kayak at Broadway Street.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Free boat safety inspections offered Zanesville Times Recorder - Zanesville, OH, USA The free safety inspections help increase safety awareness at a time when many Ohioans are launching their boats for the first time this year. ...

Bill would crack down on drinking and boating in Oklahoma KOAM-TV - Pittsburg, KS, USA Drinking and boating is a popular Summer hobby for some 4-State residents, but one new Oklahoma law may be shortening that party time. ...

Clay County updates county's ordinances regarding boating safety Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL, USA Clay County has updated and made corrections to the county's ordinances regarding boating safety. The following is a list of the changes that you, ...

Zion Narrows closed to kayaks after rescues Salt Lake Tribune - United States By Brett Prettyman The North Fork of the Virgin River was closed to whitewater boating Monday after four kayaking parties were rescued over the weekend in ...

Body of missing boat found at Lake Powell MiamiHerald.com - Miami, FL, USA AP SALT LAKE CITY -- Search crews have found the body of an Arizona man missing since Saturday after a boat with six people aboard sank in Lake Powell in ...

Update: 2 Die After Red River Boat Accident KTHV Little Rock Tue, 28 Apr 2009 09:00 AM PDT Authorities say two men died after a boating accident on the Red River in south Arkansas.

Man drowns after falling off boat Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem, NC, USA By Journal Staff WALNUT COVE — A-58-year-old man fell off a boat Monday and later drown in a pond off Ralph Tuttle Road, authorities said today. ...

Dunedin boat fire endangers two structures Tampa Bay Newspapers - Seminole, FL, USA Damage to this boat stored between two single family homes on Lexington Street in Dunedin is estimated at $350. Dunedin and Clearwater firefighters ...

Carbon Monoxide News

The Hidden Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Carteret County News-Times Tue, 28 Apr 2009 03:32 AM PDT (ARA) - Though spring has finally arrived, milder weather may not safeguard your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a potentially lethal colorless and odorless gas that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sends more than 15,000 people to the hospital each year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Sheriff to hold boating classes Lansing State Journal - Lansing, MI, USA-Sheriff Mike Raines has announced free Boating Safety Classes. The Eaton County Sheriff's Office will be conducting these classes Monday, Wednesday and ...

Boating safety class upcoming St. Tammany News Sat, 25 Apr 2009 22:34 PM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 081-04-08 in Slidell will be offering a one-day boating safety seminar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Boating accident a wake-up call; Hawg Fights starting The Daily Iberian Sat, 25 Apr 2009 22:46 PM PDT A boating accident that injured a Jeanerette outdoorsman on Good Friday serves as a horrible reminder to practice boating safety at all times.

2 dead, 2 missing after boat sinks in Lake Powell KSL-TV - Salt Lake City, UT, USA LAKE POWELL -- Rescue workers are combing Lake Powell for two people who disappeared after their boat sank. Saturday, the National Park Service went out ...

Is your mechanical boat registered? Jackson Sun - Jackson, TN, USA You may have your boat ready for the water, but the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to remind you to make sure your boat is registered. ...

Mix of alcohol, boating is a concern in Jacksonville area Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL, USA By Larry Hannan Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Aaron O'Reilly checks out the fire extinguisher aboard the boat of Flint ...

Boating Accident on Lake Taneycomo Sends Three To Hospital KSPR - Springfield, MO,USA By Will Carter, KSPR News The scene on Highway 160/176 Saturday morning was full of first responders as paramedics brought victims of a morning boat crash ...

Boaters Rescued At Sea WPBF Palm Beach Sun, 26 Apr 2009 06:12 AM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four boaters found sitting atop a capsized vessel just off Port Canaveral.

Four men rescued from yacht ABC via Yahoo!7 News Sun, 26 Apr 2009 06:15 AM PDT The Air Ambulance had to winch four people to safety after their yacht got into trouble off Victoria's east coast Sunday afternoon.

Two dead, two missing after boat sinks in Lake Powell Salt Lake Tribune - United States Two men are dead, two are hypothermic and two remained missing Sunday after a boat sank Saturday afternoon during a heavy Lake Powell windstorm. ...

Crewmen rescued from sinking boat BBC News - UKA lifeboat has rescued the two-man crew of a sinking boat off the Teesside coats. The 30-ft coble, Coquet Queen, began taking on a "significant amount" of ...

Boat, once owned by Billy Joel, sinks Connecticut Post - Bridgeport, CT, USA Boat recovery workers at the scene were unclear on what caused the vessel to sink, but speculated that a malfunctioning "bilge pump," used to prevent ...

30 missing after boat sinks in Indonesia Hindu - Chennai, India Jakarta (Xinhua): At least 30 people were missing Saturday when the boat in which they were travelling sank off the coast of Riau in Indonesia, ...

Cops and Courts: April 25, 2009 Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz, CA, USA A UC Santa Cruz sailboat carrying two people got caught in choppy currents Friday near the Santa Cruz harbor and flipped over, officials there said. ...

Crew rescued as sailboat with Hawaii residents aboard capsizes off ... Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu, HI, USA A 53-foot replica of a Ming Dynasty sailboat that visited Hawaii in December capsized off Taiwan today, but all 11 crew members were rescued. ...

1 man rescued, search underway for second after boat sinks off Va ... The Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk, VA, USA By Cindy Clayton One person was on the way to a hospital and rescuers were searching for a second person from a fishing boat that apparently capsized this ...

Coast Guard Rescues Man Clinging To Sailboat News Channel 5 Cleveland Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:06 AM PDT LORAIN, Ohio -- The U.S. Coast Guard helped a man who was clinging to his boat in Lake Erie on Sunday. The Coast Guard said it found the man holding onto his 18-foot sailboat at about 1 p.m. near the break wall in Lorain.

Three Die In Boating Accidents On Kentucky Lakes The Kentucky Post Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:54 AM PDT MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Two men from western Tennessee have died in a Kentucky Lake boating accident. A separate accident on nearby Lake Barkley killed an Illinois man.

I hope this is not the start of the boat fire season! Many boat fires are electrical but there are far too many in the spring. They are usually a result of lack of maintenance during spring fitting out, failing to check the fuel system for leaks, and not replacing hoses and other worn out parts of the fuel system. Additionally, the spark is usually some electrical device, the starter or alternator, that needs replacing or was replaced with an automotive part rather than an ignition protected marine part.

Fire consumes boat on South River The Capital Sun, 26 Apr 2009 09:51 AM PDT A small yacht was engulfed in flames and eventually sank into the South River yesterday afternoon off the coast of Quiet Waters Park south of Annapolis

Boat burns on the Columbia; no injuries Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA Two people escaped from a boat that caught fire on the Columbia River. The US Coast Guard says the owner of the 33-foot pleasure boat reported the fire ...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Learn Tips on GPS Navigation And Boat Handling under Power Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:22 AM PDT The Oyster Bay Power Squadron is offering two boating courses: one on Boat Handling Under Power on April 23, and the other on GPS Navigation on April 30. Both two-hour seminars, will be held at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost for each is $35.

Gates offers boating safety course Scituate Mariner Fri, 24 Apr 2009 06:06 AM PDT Gates Intermediate School will host the United States Power Squadron boating safety course, Boat Smart, beginning Monday, May 4, for Scituate students who are between the ages of 12 and 16, or who will attain age 12 by July 1.

Boating safety course offered Tasley Eastern Shore News - Tasley, VA, USA WACHAPREAGUE -- The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will offer "About Boating Safety Course at the ...

Coast Guard Wants Everyone To Practice Safe Boating WJHG-TV - Panama City, FL, USA With recent boating accidents getting national attention more and more boaters are making sure they are ready for any problems on the water. ...

Windermere to promote safe boating West Orange Times Sat, 25 Apr 2009 05:26 AM PDT Boating accidents are common in Florida a state that has more than one million registered recreational vehicles. Recent statistics show either carelessness or inattention or violation of a navigation rule primarily caused 48 percent of reported accidents.

Authorities remind boaters to be safe News14.com - Charlotte, NC, USA Authorities also warned against mixing boating and alcohol. “All the other elements of the lake – the wind, the sun, the rocking of the boat – impairs them ...

Environmentally Friendly Boat Wash Developed By Swedish Researchers Science Daily (press release) - USA The result will be presented on 24 April in the form of what is the most modern and environmentally friendly boat washing facility in Sweden, possibly also ...

Earth-focused boating fair planned in Tacoma The Olympian Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:22 AM PDT To mark the start of the boating season, the newly formed Tacoma Liveaboards and Citizens for a Healthy Bay will co-host the first Clean, Green Boating Fair on May 2.

Court: No rafting while under the influence Albany Democrat-Herald Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:03 PM PDT PORTLAND (AP) Floating down the river on a raft under the influence of intoxicants turns out to be a violation of state boating laws.

Middle Fork's conditions forcing boating restrictions Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette - Champaign, IL, USA Fisher monitors the river and reports findings to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has restricted recreational boating three times in the ...

Coast Guard helps crewman Carteret County News-Times Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:01 AM PDT FORT MACON â Coast Guard Station Fort Macon rescue crewmembers medi-vaced an injured man from a yacht that ran aground Friday in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Beaufort.

Coast Guard Responds To Sinking Boat WJXT Jacksonville Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:58 AM PDT The Coast Guard says a Good Samaritan saved six people from a sinking ship. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to a report that a 26-foot boat with six people on board was sinking Thursday morning 90 miles east of Jacksonville.

Man gets 2 years prison in Shaver Lake boating death The Fresno Bee Fri, 24 Apr 2009 11:40 AM PDT A Southern California man who was convicted of running over an 11-year-old boy with a speed boat on

Boat Crash Victims Have No Memory of Crash First Coast News - Jacksonville, FL, USA Their daughters were part of that deadly boat ride in Palm Valley. The women say they have learned to take it one day at a time. ...

Police: Thief stole boat, ran it aground in Bay WTOP - Washington, DC,USA CRISFIELD, Md. - A Virginia man put his life in danger on the Chesapeake Bay after allegedly stealing a boat in rough seas, taking it into unfamiliar water, ...

One dead in boating collision Vancouver Sun - British Columbia, Canada Moya said the passengers were told there had been a collision, but that she could only see one boat, which may have been upside down. ...

Yacht run aground at Fleetwood Blackpool Gazette - Blackpool, England, UK THE coastguard and lifeboats had to be called out after a yacht ran aground off the coast of Fleetwood. The incident – involving a large, 15m yacht ...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Boating safety course offered at Harold Parker State Forest Andover Townsman - Andover, MA, USA The course is valuable to both novice, and experienced boaters. The purpose of the course is to teach Boating Safety and basic operating procedures for ...

Auxiliary reminds boaters and passengers to wear life jackets Fernley Leader Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:20 AM PDT The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 03 and 05 reminds parents to require their children to wear life jackets, and parents should wear them too. The Auxiliary also reminds boaters, "every week is safe boating week."

Coast Guard warns of cold water NBC 10 Providence Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:10 AM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard would like to remind you that even though temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and 80s over the next few days, water temperatures are still cold and dangerous.

Legal blood alcohol level for boating passes House, 97-1 Miami News-Record Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:09 AM PDT State Rep. Mike Ritze, D.O., praised the House passage of a Senate bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol content required to file charges against drunk drivers operating a boat.

Boat-rental businesses must display safety information starting ... Naples Daily News - Naples, FL, USA Adam Botana, right, helps guide a boat near the dock at Bay Water Boat Rentals in Bonita Springs in this 2006 photo. Starting this week, boat-rental ...

Earth-focused boating fair planned in Tacoma TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma, WA, USA Two groups will sponsor a fair to help educate boaters to be environmentally responsible while on the water. To mark the start of the boating season, ...

NorCal Coast Guard member dies in Trinity River accident KFTY TV50 Santa Rosa Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:17 AM PDT A 27 year old Coast Guardsman is dead after a swimming accident in the Trinity River.

Cody man drowns in boating accident Billings Gazette - MT, USA By Gazette Wyoming Bureau CODY - A Cody man drowned Wednesday after a boat he was fishing from capsized on a lake near Meeteetse. ...

Sailboat carrying three teenagers capsizes near Sechelt News1130 - Vancouver,British Columbia, Canada SECHELT (NEWS1130) - Three young men were left clinging to the hull of their sailboat Wednesday evening after it capsized a kilometre off Roberts Creek near ...

Vessel rescues crew in sinking boat off Fla. coastNorth Port Sun Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:58 AM PDTJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Six people whose boat was sinking off the Florida coast have been rescued by another vessel. Those aboard the 26-foot Team Steiger Craft out of Port Canaveral notified the Coast Guard Thursday morning the boat was sinking about 90 miles east of Jacksonville.

Name Released In Presumed Drowning Northland's News Center Thu, 23 Apr 2009 08:04 AM PDT The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department has released the name of an apparent drowning victim on Lac Courte Oreilles. 44 year old Paul Dust of Hayward was involved in a boating accident about 10:30 Saturday night. The Sawyer County Sheriff's office reports the man and two teenaged boys were fishing on Lac Courte Oreilles when heavy waves swamped their boat. The 15 and 18 years olds were able to ...

Overboard: Canoe, kayak lost in River Philip mishap The Amherst Citizen Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:29 AM PDT Jason Blanch and Woody Thompson set out with five of their friends to experience the River Philip on a recent weekend, and experience it they did.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

The following incident is a classic example of the need to file a float plan, and then when you deviate from it, contact the person who you gave the float plan. This entire incident, the time wasted and the cost to the taxpayer could have been avoided if the boat operator had made one phone call, not to mention the anguish of the person who called the Coast Guard.

File a float plan. Tell where you are going, when you expect to arrive and return, and if possible how to reach you by cell phone or vhf fm radio. Describe your boat, who is on board, call signs , numbers, any identifying features.

Give the plan to someone who will miss you if you do not return. Do not send it to the Coast Guard.

If you decide to depart from the plan, notify the person you gave the plan to.

For more information go to Float Plan Central at http://www.floatplancentral.org/

Boat 'missing' in the San Juans found this morning: Those onboard didn't know they were missing Islands' Sounder Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:28 AM PDTAccording to the Seattle Times, after cruising around the San Juan Islands on Tuesday, a family of six decided to stay in a hotel overnight and had no idea the Coast Guard had launched a search for them and their 20-foot Bayliner.

Captain Bill's Boat Tours and Seneca Squadron Team Up for Boater ... Press & Sun-Bulletin - Binghamton, NY, USA On Saturday, April 18th, the Seneca Sail and Power Squadron, a local chapter of the United states Power Squadrons, presented a safe boating class. ...

Boating safety class will teach rules on waterways Quincy Herald-Whig Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:42 AM PDT An Illinois Department of Natural Resources boating safety education class will be Saturday, May 2, at Twin Oaks Boat Club.

Auxiliary reminds boaters and passengers to wear life jackets Reno Gazette Journal - Reno, NV, USA The Auxiliary also reminds boaters, "every week is safe boating week." Life Jackets could prevent approximately 2/3 of all boating-related drownings of ...

House votes to lower threshold for drunken boating KTEN - Denison, TX, USA AP - April 21, 2009 5:35 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has voted to lower the legal blood alcohol content for boaters in Oklahoma. ...

DNR prepares for drunk boating enforcement WPDE - Myrtle Beach, SC, USA Drunk boating can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, but drinking on a boat is considered more socially acceptable and that makes safety on the water ...

Court: River rats can't legally raft drunk KVAL Eugene Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:01 AM PDT Floating down the river on a raft under the influence of intoxicants turns out to be a violation of state boating laws. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a raft is covered by the laws regulating boating in the state.

Senate passes pan on boat sewage dumping Houston Chronicle - United States Current law regulates boat sewage discharge on only 25 inland lakes that provide fresh drinking water, and Clear Lake south of Houston. The bill by Sen.

Coast Guard vital to Southern California's safety Long Beach Press-Telegram - Long Beach, CA, USA An avid boater and advertising designer by trade, Kelly joined the auxiliary several years ago to help patrol local waters, promote boating safety with the ...

Concert To Benefit Boat Crash Survivors News4Jax.com - Jacksonville, FL, USA Nine days after a boat carrying 14 people crashed into a docked tugboat claiming the lives of five people and injuring nine others, those who know the ...

Legal blood alcohol level for boating passes House, 97-1 Miami News-Record Wed, 22 Apr 2009 11:08 AM PDT State Rep. Mike Ritze, D.O., praised the House passage of a Senate bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol content required to file charges against drunk drivers operating a boat.

Supervisors hold initial lake speed limit discussion Lake County News - Lakeport, CA, USA The sailboat Dinius was piloting on the night of April 29, 2006, was hit by a powerboat driven by an off-duty Lake County Sheriff's official, ...

Spearfisherman may have been run over by boat Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Honolulu, HI, USA Witnesses reported seeing a boat in the area where Dominici was believed to have been diving, according to police. Dominici may have been run over by a boat ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Focus on safety as you prep your boat Bethany Beach Wave - Bethany Beach, DE, USA That particularly holds true for anglers who use boats to get to and from their lucky fish'n-holes, because once a boat becomes part of the program, ...

Boat safety course offered in Millville Vineland Daily Journal - Vineland, NJ, USA MILLVILLE -- New Jersey requires that all boaters and anyone operating a personal watercraft complete a boating safety course by June 1. ...

North Stars to host boat safety course Madison Eagle Tue, 21 Apr 2009 06:44 AM PDT MADISON The New Jersey boating safety course, now required for all New Jersey boaters or personal water craft (PWC) operators will be given on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, at the North Star Athletics Club, 93 North St. in Madison. For the times the course will meet, registration and information, call Ralph Artigliere at (973) 966-0876.

Boating Education Courses at Rocky Fork 1490 WBEX-AM Chillicothe Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:48 AM PDT Ohios mandatory education law requires ANYONE BORN ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1982 who operates a vessel powered by more than 10 horsepower to successfully complete a boating education course or a proficiency test.

Minnesota boating fatality rate lowest on record Fergus Falls Daily Journal - Fergus Falls, MN, USA The state's 2008 boating fatality rate was the lowest since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started keeping records in 1961. ...

Boat safety classes offered by Corps of Engineers Park Rangers Quad-Cities Online - Rock Island, IL, USA The public is invited to participate in an eight-hour Illinois DNR Boat Safety certification class offered by Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at the Clock ...

Boating accident a wake-up call; Hawg Fights starting The Daily Iberian Tue, 21 Apr 2009 03:35 AM PDT A boating accident that injured a Jeanerette outdoorsman on Good Friday serves as a horrible reminder to practice boating safety at all times.

Man charged after boating wreck injures one on river Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach, SC, USA By Jenn Parker - jparker@thesunnews.com A Conway man charged in a boating crash on the Little Pee Dee River was being held Monday at J. Reuben Long ...

• Boat sucked to shore, despite boaters' efforts Daily Pilot - Costa Mesa, CA, USA Seven people emerged uninjured Sunday when they fought to keep their rented 21-foot Duffy Boat out of the Newport Beach surf by jumping into the water and ...

Boating Accident Claims Life KOLR - KSFX Ozarks Tue, 21 Apr 2009 05:06 AM PDT (Truman Lake, MO) -- A man has died in a boating accident on Truman Lake. Yes, I think they'll make a big difference. I think we'll see some changes, but not many.

One yacht, multiple maydays Soundings Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:56 AM PDT Three crewmembers aboard a yacht damaged in heavy seas on its journey from Brisbane, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, were airlifted from the vessel after triggering an EPIRB twice for equipment failure and dwindling supplies.

Boat Accident Investigation WCIV - Charleston, SC, USA Five people and one infant were on the boat, heading home to Sandy Island, when the vessel capsized. Three people died and the baby Zyair Smalls spent ...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boat safely by getting a Vessel Safety Check Examiner.com - USA We are near the beginning of boating season in Alaska and now is a good time to review what required equipment should be onboard and ready for use. ...

US Coast Guard Offers Boating Safety Course Jakson Time - NJ, USA NEW JERSEY - US Coast Guard Auxiliary 16-01 offers a one day boating safety course. Course dates are April 18, May 16 or October 3. ...

Boating safety class upcoming St. Tammany News Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:30 AM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 081-04-08 in Slidell will be offering a one-day boating safety seminar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Water monitoring volunteers needed Mt. Vernon Register-News Mon, 20 Apr 2009 07:08 AM PDT CARBONDALE The Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission is looking for boating enthusiasts and sports fishermen to help track the water quality of lakes they use in the Jefferson County area, according to information from executive director Ike Kirkikis.

Coast Guard Not All Boating Accidents Happen in the Water ABC 26 New Orleans Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:41 AM PDT LOS ANGELES, Calif - Some boating accidents occur while transiting to and from the water and quite frequently on the launch ramp. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says a successful boating outing begins when you leave home and ends when you safely return home. Since the majority of recreational boats in the United States are transported to and from the water it is important that boaters take as ...

Boat on trailer overturns on interstate WWSB ABC 7 - Sarasota, FL, USA SARASOTA COUNTY - A driver towing a boat caused a big back up on Interstate 75 Monday morning. Troopers say a tire on the boat's trailer broke off near the ...

State Parks urges spring boaters to recognize danger lurking in ... EmpireStateNews.net - Newburgh, New York, USA ALBANY – State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash reminded boaters of the dangers of sudden immersion in cold ...

No one hurt in boating accident Port Clinton News Herald - Port Clinton, OH, USA PORT CLINTON -- No injuries were reported in a Sunday morning boat accident that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft is handling ...

Conway man charged with boating under the influence Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach, SC, USA Bond was set at $40000 for the boating under the influence charge. He was also charged with giving false information to law enforcement, fire department or ...

Alcohol suspected in fatal boating accident The Union Leader - Manchester, NH, USA By SCOTT BROOKS WEBSTER – Investigators say they suspect alcohol played a role in the boating accident that took a Warner man's life Saturday. ...

Boat Driver Not Intoxicated In Easter Sunday Wreck That Killed Five InjuryBoard.com - Tampa, FL, USA Blood alcohol has just come back on the person in the driver's seat of that Easter Sunday boating crash on the Intracoastal that left five people dead. ...

Women rescued from Santiam River after raft tears Albany Democrat-Herald Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:57 PM PDT JEFFERSON Three Albany women were rescued about 5:25 p.m. Sunday after a rafting incident on the North Santiam River near Jefferson.

Men Rescued After Tolt River Rafting Accident KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:48 AM PDT CARNATION, Wash. -- Three men were rescued in Carnation on Sunday after their raft popped while on the Tolt River. Police said that on Saturday, the raft carrying three men deflated after hitting sharp debris.

1 Dead in Rafting Accident KMVT Twin Falls Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:08 PM PDT Twin Falls County officials tell KMVT one man has died after a rafting accident on the Snake River west of the Hansen Bridge. Three other people were thrown from the raft but were not injured. The victim was flown by Air Saint Lukes to Twin Falls were he was pronounced dead.

Lifeboat called to yacht fire Yourthanet - England, UK Volunteers from Dover lifeboat were called to the aid of a yacht after its engine caught fire. The crew launched the lifeboat on Saturday afternoon and went ...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating safety course offered Scarlet Scuttlebutt - East Brunswick, NJ, USA NORTH PLAINFIELD — Captain Marty's School of Safe Boating will be hosting a boating safety certification course from 8:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 25, ...

ODNR sponsors pair of boat safety inspections Chillicothe Gazette - Chillicothe, OH, USA The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft is sponsoring a couple of upcoming free boat safety inspections at Shawnee State Park. ...

Free sailing lessons Baltimore Sun Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:46 AM PDT Annapolis Community Boating and area sailing organizations are offering free sailing sessions from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Sunday through June 14 at the National Sailing Hall of Fame docks, Annapolis City Dock.

North Stars to host boat safety course Madison Eagle Sun, 19 Apr 2009 06:46 AM PDT MADISON The New Jersey boating safety course, now required for all New Jersey boaters or personal water craft (PWC) operators will be given on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, at the North Star Athletics Club, 93 North St. in Madison. For the times the course will meet, registration and information, call Ralph Artigliere at (973) 966-0876.

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Coast Guard: 'It's a tough wake-up call 'The Florida Times-Union Fri, 17 Apr 2009 21:31 PM PDT If the Coast Guard had seen 14 people on the 22-foot pleasure boat that slammed into a moored tugboat Sunday in Palm Valley, killing or injuring everyone aboard, it likely would have stopped the vessel, officials said this week. "One of the things that we look for when we're on patrol ... is overcrowding on boats. It's a very, very common problem," said Capt. Paul Thomas, Jacksonville sector ...

13-year-old struck by boat propeller in Tequesta Palm Beach Post - FL, United States By JASON SCHULTZ TEQUESTA — A 13-year-old boy is in the hospital tonight with serious injuries after being hit by a boat propeller in the Loxahatchee River, ...

Boating accident in Fort Lewis territory? TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma, WA, USA It might be up to the US Attorney's Office to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against the man who was driving a boat that hit a teenage ...

Boat's driver not intoxicated, lawyer says Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL, USA By Matt Coleman Some of the passengers might have been drinking, but the person at the wheel of a 22-foot boat that crashed into an Intracoastal Waterway ...

Two missing, 11 rescued in boat capsize off Taiwan Channel News Asia Fri, 17 Apr 2009 22:03 PM PDT TAIPEI: Eleven Taiwanese fishermen were rescued and two remained missing after their boat capsized near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, Taiwan's coast guard said Saturday.

Michigan Avenue bridge stuck on first day of spring boat season Chicago Sun-Times - United States The first day of spring boat season was interrupted Saturday afternoon after a deadbolt on the Michigan Avenue bridge became stuck, blocking boat and ...

Family rescued from boat that was taking on water Newsday - Long Island, NY, USA BY MATTHEW CHAYES matthew.chayes@newsday.com Rescuers saved a family Saturday afternoon aboard a boat that began taking on water in the Great South Bay, ...

Boat Turns Over in Santa Cruz Harbor KION 46 Salinas Sat, 18 Apr 2009 15:36 PM PDT A U.S. Coast Guard crew headed to the Santa Cruz Harbor Saturday afternoon to help boaters in the water after their sail boat flipped over.

Rota-bound family missing at sea Saipan Tribune Sun, 19 Apr 2009 07:05 AM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and the CNMI's Boating Safety responders combed several square miles of ocean yesterday to look for a missing family that reportedly departed Guam on a boat bound for Rota.

All News... Yacht towed to safety The Kent Messenger Sun, 19 Apr 2009 01:12 AM PDT Dover lifeboat crew have rescued two people from a yacht which caught fire in the English Channel. The 30-foot yacht Cathala was en route from France to Ramsgate when the engine caught fire

Friday, April 17, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating course at library The Sidney Daily News Fri, 17 Apr 2009 07:24 AM PDT The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered at the Amos Public Library in Sidney on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Relentless relative seeks safety laws for fishermen Half Moon Bay Review Fri, 17 Apr 2009 09:53 AM PDT An unsolved boating incident that occurred off the California coast five years ago and ended the lives of two fishermen remains at the forefront of Elizabeth Pennisi-Nozickaâs mind to this day.

More boat checks planned in fight against zebra mussels Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN, USA Officials plan 30 percent more inspections and urge thorough boat-cleaning practices to try to slow the spread of invasive species. ...

Coast Guard searching for missing boaters MiamiHerald.com - Miami, FL, USA The US Coast Guard on Thursday began a 7200-square-mile search for two men who left Miami on a boating trip. Walfrido Gomez and Walter Pereira have not been ...

Missing spear fisherman may have been in boating accident Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu, HI, USA Witnesses reported seeing a boat in the area where Dominici was believed to have been diving. An inspection of some of Dominici's recovered items indicate ...

BREAKING BRIEFS: Sailboat overturns, car v. home on Kendall Marco Eagle - Marco Island, FL, USA By Marco Eagle Staff MARCO ISLAND — A sailboat overturned near Residents Beach at about 1 pm Thursday, just minutes after several rescue crews left the

Coast Guard reiterates warnings to Thunder boaters WAVE 3 Louisville Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:59 AM PDT One of the best locations to Thunder Over Louisville is right from the river itself. On Friday, members of the Coast Guard, Louisville Metro Police Water Patrol and other safety officials, held a news conference at Waterfront Park to discuss Thunder Boating Safety.

A matter of time The Ponte Vedra Recorder Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:07 AM PDT Residents along the Intracoastal Waterway say the boating tragedy on the waterway Sunday that left five people dead and devastated families coast to coast was shocking for its sudden violence, but not surprising given the speed and reckelessness they say is common along the narrow stretch of water.

Girl injured by boat propeller on reservoir Foxboro Reporter Fri, 17 Apr 2009 07:27 AM PDT Rescue Foxboro paramedics and a MedFlight crew bring a girl injured Thursday in a boating accident to a waiting helicopter on the grounds of Ahern Middle School in Foxboro

Five victims of boat fire put on life support The Australian - Sydney, Australia They had all also arrived by boat and were keen to reject Premier Colin Barnett's suggestion that the asylum-seekers had set fire to their own vessel. ...

Woman escapes after being terrorized by man on boat in Westport Marina Daily Astorian - OR, USA WESTPORT - A woman being terrorized by a man who kept her captive on a boat for more than three days at the Westport Marina escaped after pretending to be ...

Boating Safety and Accident News for Apr 16, 2009

North Stars to host boat safety course Madison Eagle Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:41 AM PDT MADISON The New Jersey boating safety course, now required for all New Jersey boaters or personal water craft (PWC) operators will be given on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, at the North Star Athletics Club, 93 North St. in Madison. For the times the course will meet, registration and information, call Ralph Artigliere at (973) 966-0876.

Coast Guard to share boat safety tips at In the Round Marco Eagle Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:10 AM PDT One simple mistake can lead to tragedy costing life and limb. People read in horror how a simple boating procedure turned deadly for three prominent athletes in the waters off Tampa. Case investigator, Jim Manson described the incident as a mistake that probably happens every day. âOverall, itâs just a mistake in anchoring,â Manson said. The opportunity to hear and question five officials from ...

April 16th, 2009 Empire Page Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:16 AM PDT New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash today reminded boaters of the dangers of sudden immersion in cold water during the early spring boating season. Of New York's recreational boating fataliti...

Relentless relative seeks safety laws for fishermen Half Moon Bay Review Thu, 16 Apr 2009 09:23 AM PDT An unsolved boating incident that occurred off the California coast five years ago and ended the lives of two fishermen remains at the forefront of Elizabeth Pennisi-Nozickaâs mind to this day

Don't shrink from responsibly unwrapping your boat The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Newark, NJ, USA The plastic adds up to hundreds of tons each spring, says the state Department of Environmental Protection, which urges boaters and marinas to recycle. ...

Boating Tragedy Memorial Posted On Facebook News4Jax.com - Jacksonville, FL, USA The boating accident happened on Easter Sunday. Five people were killed and nine were injured in the crash. The Web page dedicated to the victims has ...

Trawler still stuck under San Mateo Bridge abc7news.com - San Francisco, CA, USA Two months ago Lacy bought the boat with the intention of converting it to a pleasure boat. Now he figures his $7500 investment and dreams of boating fun ...

Derelict sailboat blown from Richardson Bay to Baker Beach The San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco, California, USA By John Upton SAN FRANCISCO – A sailboat that hasn't been registered to sail since 1992 was blown by heavy winds Wednesday from Richardson Bay to Baker ...

Crews Search for 9 Year Old Boy Missing at Sea KTLA-TV Los Angeles Thu, 16 Apr 2009 07:11 AM PDT GUADALUPE, Calif. -- The search was expected resume this morning for a 9-year-old boy who was believed to have been swept out to sea near Mussel Point. Searchers suspended their efforts around 9 p.m. Wednesday after finding no sign of the missing boy. The boy was last seen around midday Wednesday by a friend who saw him clinging to a rock, according to Coast Guard spokesman Morgan Adkins. Santa

Body Found Near Scene of Boating Accident ABC 2 Baltimore Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:08 AM PDT Maryland Natural Resources Police have found a Salisbury man's body in the upper Nanticoke River near the scene of a boating accident on the Eastern Shore.

Boat blast casualties reach Australian mainland ABC Online - Australia The asylum seekers' small boat is seen shortly before the fatal explosion. (Supplied: Border Protection Command) Those injured in an explosion on board a ...

Collier sheriff's patrol boat sinks; deputy unharmed The News-Press - Fort Myers, FL, USA A Collier County Sheriff's Office marine patrol boat sank this morning, a quarter-mile off the Naples Pier in 20 feet of water. ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Public boat safety class being offered Pensacola News Journal - Pensacol, FL, USA The Gulf Breeze Sail and Power Squadron will offer America's Boating Course, a public boat safety class from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday at the Santa Rosa ...

Boating Safety Course in Bradley County The Chattanoogan Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:21 AM PDT The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is offering a one-day boater safety course that will help individuals born after January 1, 1989 obtain the required certification to operate a boat or personal watercraft on the state's waterways

GRDA and Coast Guard team up to conduct rescue exercise Miami News-Record Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:40 AM PDT Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary joined forces over the weekend to conduct a joint operational exercise that focused on search, rescue, and medical first responder care of victims of a boating accident.

Yacht crash felt 'like truck hitting a Mini 'Stuff Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:25 AM PDT A grandfather on a trimaran that was smashed to pieces in a collision with a launch says the impact was "like a truck hitting a Mini". The 6.8-metre trimaran Jewd began sinking immediately after it was hit by the 15m launch in Picton Harbour at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Alcohol Found In Boat Where 5 Died News4Jax.com - Jacksonville, FL, USA Alcohol was found on the boat that plowed into a tugboat and barge docked along the Intracoastal Waterway Sunday night, killing five people and injuring ...

Children pulled from sunk boat Marlborough Express - Blenheim, New Zealand "The big boat's bow went right up over our cabin and smashed its roof to bits, leaving the kids under the water." Mr Moseneder said his grandchildren, ...

Sailors barely survive keel failure Soundings Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:23 PM PDT Two friends competing in double-handed sail race out of San Francisco found themselves capsized and in the water after the keel of their boat parted about eight miles offshore. They figured they had one good shot at a rescue.

Crews work to free boat trapped under Calif bridge San Diego Union-Tribune Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:45 AM PDT The Coast Guard is working to remove a stranded fishing vessel wedged under a major San Francisco Bay area bridge by strong wind.

Supertanker rescues yacht crew Yachting and Boating World Wed, 15 Apr 2009 07:34 AM PDT The 148,000 dwt tanker Hellespont Trooper has rescued the crew of a dismasted yacht in the Southern Ocean. Two Italian nationals were rescued safe and well from the 34ft yacht Onitron at 1800 GMT yesterday.

Port Orchard Man Dies When Boat Capsizes Near Aberdeen Kitsap Sun - WA, United States AP and Kitsap Sun Staff ABERDEEN — A Port Orchard man died and another was stranded on a life raft for four hours when a 31-foot fishing boat capsized ...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Coast Guard looks at river safety during Thunder FOX 41 Louisville Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:24 AM PDT Boats have to stay upriver during Thunder Over Louisville.

Investigators believe alcohol a factor in Palm Valley boat crash The Florida Times-Union Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:20 AM PDT As investigators dig into the Sunday boating accident that killed five people in northern St. Johns County, they said this morning they believe alcohol was involved and have confirmed that the 22-foot boat left the Conch House Marina Resort before crashing. read more

Twelve fishermen missing in JapanMoldova.org Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:43 AM PDT Ten men were rescued and 12 were missing Tuesday after a Japanese fishing boat sank in rough waters off Nagasaki Prefecture, the coast guard said.The 135-ton Daiei Maru No. 11 capsized and disappeared near Hirado Island, just west of the island of Kyushu, Kyodo news reported.Seven patrol boats and two planes were dispatched to search for the missing fishermen, said the Japanese coast guard.The ...

FWC: Derelict vessels are more than eyesores Naples Daily News Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:55 AM PDT Recreational boating is huge business in Florida. With so much water and year-round boating weather, itâs no wonder so many people in this state own boats and routinely take to our waters.

Two Sailboats Destroyed News Channel 12 New Bern Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:03 AM PDT A fire overnight destroyed two sailboats at the docks in Oriental. No one was hurt as volunteer firefighters contained the destruction. Boat owners at the Sea Harbour Yacht Club looked in shock at the destruction. Witnesses say they saw and heard explosions as the sailboats burned.

Five hurt as boat lands off wave BBC News - UK Five people have been injured, one seriously, after their boat landed heavily after coming off a wave off the Pembrokeshire coast. Eleven people were in the ...

Person reported overboard near the Midpoint Bridge in Cape Coral The News-Press - Fort Myers, FL, USA A man reportedly fell off a sailboat near the Midpoint Bridge in Cape Coral and emergency units have been sent to the rescue. ...

SONOMA CO.: MAN RESCUED FROM LAKE SONOMA BY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CBS 5 - San Francisco, CA, USA Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department found a capsized sailboat in Lake Sonoma in unincorporated Sonoma County on Saturday afternoon and ...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Missouri Boating Education Course in Full Swing The Springfield News-Leader Mon, 13 Apr 2009 08:00 AM PDT The Missouri Water Patrol believes one of the best ways to make the state's waters safer is through boater education, a news release from the patrol said.

Cold waters present hazard to boaters, Coast Guard Auxiliary warns The Sacramento Bee Mon, 13 Apr 2009 09:20 AM PDT The Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to caution boaters not to be fooled by the warmer air temperatures. Water temperatures are still cold enough to lead to tragedy.

Major Boating Grants Announced for 11 States Kansas City infoZine - Kansas City,MO,USA Washington, DC - infoZine - The grants, which will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating, ...

Boating Crash Kills 5, Injures 9 in Palm Valley WOKV - Jacksonville, FL, USA By Jared Halpern, Reporter @ April 13, 2009 5:18 AM Permalink Comments (0) Five boaters are dead after a violent boat crash on the intracoastal waterways ...

State agency to probe fatal Florida boating accident CNN Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:04 AM PDT Florida Law enforcement officials said Monday they had launched an investigation into a tragic boating accident near St. Augustine, Florida, that took the lives of five people and seriously injured seven others.

NTSB investigating fatal Fla. power boat wreck The Associated Press(AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation of the fatal power boat accident that killed five people and injured nine on ...

Yacht sinks in harbour Fife Today Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:15 AM PDT THREE men had to be rescued from a stricken yacht which sank at the entrance to Anstruther Harbour on Saturday. (07/04/2009 14:41:59)

High wind blows dozens of yachts free on Guntersville Lake The Huntsville Times Mon, 13 Apr 2009 07:23 AM PDT GUNTERSVILLE, AL - About 40 yachts were blown free of their moorings and some were damaged at the Guntersville Yacht Club overnight when high winds swept across North Alabama, a club employee said this morning. Wind speeds of 40 mph...

Overturned Boat in the Snake River KPVI-TV - Pocatello, ID, USA An overturned boat was found in the Snake River Saturday evening. The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, the Bonneville County Search and Rescue and ...

4 rescued from fishing boat at Galveston Houston Chronicle - United States 2009 AP GALVESTON, Texas — The crew of a fishing boat named the Lucky Peter had to be saved when the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard rescued the four ...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

This is the season for spring fitting out. People are anxious to get out on the water and have fun. But it is also the season for boat fires and explosions. The reason is simple. Lack of adequately preparing your boat for the season ahead, and being a little too hasty when fueling your boat. Here is a psot I made about this in 2008. It still applies.

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.

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating Calendar Annapolis Capital - Annapolis, MD, USA ACCESSIBLE BOATING: Annapolis Community Boating, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making boating accessible and affordable to all Anne Arundel County ...

Boating safety Baltimore Sun - United States The Friends of the Anne Arundel Trails Inc. will offer a three-part Maryland Boating Safety Course 7 pm to 10 pm Monday, Friday and April 20 at the Earleigh ...

Missouri Boating Education Course in Full Swing Kansas City InfoZine Sun, 12 Apr 2009 06:54 AM PDT Boaters are reminded that anyone born after January 1, 1984 is required to have a boating safety identification card while operating a vessel on a Missouri lake.

North Stars to host boat safety course Madison Eagle Sun, 12 Apr 2009 06:32 AM PDT MADISON â The New Jersey boating safety course, now required for all New Jersey boaters or personal water craft (PWC) operators will be given on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, at the North Star Club, 93 North St. in Madison.

Get your boat shipshape The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - Portland, OR, USA by Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian About the only right things I did with my boat last winter were to park it under cover and, just before the ...

Changes Coming for DFO Program Voice of the Common Man Sun, 12 Apr 2009 02:19 AM PDT Changes are coming to the Canadian Coast Guard's Inshore Rescue Boat Program, but details are yet to be announced. The Coast Guard is reviewing the program, which provides fast rescue craft in inshore coastal areas such as Conception and Bonavista bays.

It's not just here in the USA! People are abandoning boats everywhere.

Yacht owners are ditching their boats in huge numbers Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom Yacht owners around the country are ditching their boats in huge numbers. Officials say people simply cannot afford – or be bothered – to pay high ...

Ed Killer: Boaters facing more restrictions in Everglades waterways TCPalm - West Palm Beach, FL, USA With respect to restricting boaters in the Everglades, less is more. The Park Service is motivated to shut down areas to boaters for some unknown reason. ...

South Haven man treated for hypothermia in boat incident Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com - Kalamazoo, MI, USA SOUTH HAVEN TOWNSHIP -- A fisherman was treated for hypothermia Saturday after a boating incident in Lake Michigan, police said. Three men were on a fishing ...

7 saved from burning boat Trinidad Express Sat, 11 Apr 2009 21:07 PM PDT WHILE in preparation to continue the search for missing Coast Guard officer Jerome James, officers of the Coast Guard's Special Naval Unit became the saviours of the passengers aboard a burning vessel not far from Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, yesterday morning

Yacht rescued twice in three days BBC News Sun, 12 Apr 2009 05:32 AM PDT Sailors are urged to treat Loch Ness with respect after the same yacht had to be rescued twice in three days.

1 Dies in Horseshoe Lake Boat Accident KATV - Little Rock, AR, USA Crittenden County - Authorities say one man is dead after his boat capsized in Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County. The Crittenden County Sheriff's Office ...

Coast Guard rescues 4 from fishing boat in Galveston Houston Chronicle - United States Four people were rescued early this morning from a grounded fishing boat off the South Jetty in Galveston. A Good Samaritan called the Coast Guard at 3:13 ...

Boat explodes in Cape Coral Winknews.com - Fort Myers, Florida, USA Three people are safe after their boat explodes at Cape Harbour. Cape Coral fire crews tell WINK News a 20-foot boat exploded after the owner filled it up ...

1 Rescued, 1 Missing After Boat Capsizes in Etowah Rome News Wire - rome, ga, USA The men, a step father and step son, had put their boat into the Etowah River early Sunday Morning at the Grizzard Park Boatramp just off of GA Loop 1.

10 missing after fishing boat sinks off E China Xinhua - China HANGZHOU, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Ten sailors are missing after their fishing boat was hit by a ship and sank off Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, ...