Boating Safety Is For Life

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident

Coast Guard starts boating safety campaign
New Haven Register (subscription) - New Haven,CT,USA
Last summer, two boaters drowned off Long Island. The US Coast Guard found their plastic-wrapped life jackets before they discovered the bodies. ...

CT Tightens Laws on Drunken Boating - New York,NY,USA
(AP) - Penalties for drunken boaters who cause a death are being boosted in Connecticut to mirror those faced by intoxicated motor vehicle drivers. ...

Gust named Boating Officer of the Year - Madison,SD,USA
By Staff Brandon Gust, Lake County conservation officer, has been named the 2008 South Dakota Boating Officer of the Year by the National Association of ...

Top 10 Summer Watersport Safety Tips for Skiers, Tubers, Wake and Kneeboarders
Lake Sun Leader Sat, 30 May 2009 08:34 AM PDT
For many Americans, being pulled from the end of a long, slim tow line attached to a speeding motorboat is a summer rite of passage. The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety has these top 10 summer watersport safety tips for waterskiers, wakeboarders and tubers that will guarantee everyone has a great time .

Boating education is first step to safer boating
Sherwood Voice Sat, 30 May 2009 00:22 AM PDT
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas boating accidents and fatalities are up from this same time last year. Currently, there have been 21 reported accidents with six fatalities. At this same time last year Arkansas had 12 accidents with four fatalities.

First arrests made in Pasco boat theft rings - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Often, they take the whole boat – stripping it of what they want and then sinking it, leaving it to rot in the ocean. Three people have been arrested and ..

Column: Boating fatalities this year enough to make you cry
The Daily Iberian Sat, 30 May 2009 08:35 AM PDT
The number of boating fatalities in the state already this year is appalling. Nine people have been killed while boating on Louisiana waters, which is nine human lives too many. Itâs enough to make you weep, regardless whether you know the victims.

Boating death under investigation
WYMT - Hazard,KY,USA
49-year-old Isabel Hall died after being struck by a propeller on a pontoon boat. The boat was reportedly being driven by her husband, Dr. Steven Hall. ...

Pair rescued after yacht beached
BBC Devon Sat, 30 May 2009 02:55 AM PDT
A man and a woman are ferried to safety by lifeboat crews after their yacht runs aground in south Devon.

Coast Guard rescue six from overturned boat
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Coast Guard rescued six Oregon National Guardsmen Friday morning when their boat capsized during a training mission near the mouth of ...

Man presumed dead after Apalachicola River boating accident
The News Herald - Panama City,FL,USA
By JON MILTIMORE / News Herald Writer PANAMA CITY — A boating accident on the Apalachicola River is believed to have claimed the life of Florida man. ...

Search under way for missing boater
Montgomery Advertiser Sun, 31 May 2009 02:00 AM PDT
MOBILE -- The Coast Guard is searching for a 43-year-old man whose boat capsized in Mobile Bay.

Bodies found in loch
ic Lanarkshire Sun, 31 May 2009 10:18 AM PDT
Two bodies, believed to be two men who disappeared in a boating tragedy in March, have been found in a loch, police said. Steven Carty, 42, and 36-year-old Thomas Douglas were declared dead after the accident, but never found.

Man injured loading boat at Glendo
Billings Gazette - MT, USA
By Gazette News Services CHEYENNE - A Cheyenne man has been critically injured while trying to load a boat at Glendo State Park. The Wyoming Department of ...

At least six people die in Zanzibar boat sinking
Hindu - Chennai,India
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) Police say at least six people died when a boat capsized on reaching Zanzibar. More than a dozen people were believed to be missing. ...

Boat captain freed from Mexican jail
The Northwest Florida Daily News - Fort Walton Beach,FL,USA
John Peerson, captain of the $4 million private yacht "Reel Screamer," was released from jail Wednesday and flew back to the United States from Cancun. ...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Coast Guard Auxiliary teaches safe boating
Stratford Star - Shelton,CT,USA
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-2, headquartered at the Birdseye boat launch, has two safe boating courses scheduled in coming months. ...

Fairhaven event offers free boating lessons Saturday - Tacoma,WA,USA
BELLINGHAM - Whatcom County residents will have the opportunity to soak in some spring fun on Bellingham Bay Saturday, May 30, at the Community Free Boating ...

Citations issued at Wyoming reservoir
Billings Gazette Fri, 29 May 2009 07:51 AM PDT
CASPER - Wyoming Game and Fish Department officers issued 27 citations and 24 warnings for a total of $4,630 in fines for fishing and boating violations at Glendo Reservoir over Memorial Day weekend. Game and Fish says cool, rainy weather kept bo ..

Pasco deputies investigate boat theft rings
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
By LISA A. DAVIS | The Tampa Tribune With boat thefts on the rise in Pasco County, sheriff's deputies are investigating a boat-theft ring they think could ..

4 years in prison for Conn. boating death
Hartford Courant - United States
A Madison man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a drunken boating accident in Old Saybrook that killed one person and injured three others. ...

Injury reported in Delta boating collision
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
By Paula King At least one injury was reported in a collision involving a personal watercraft and a boat in the Delta near Brentwood's Orwood Resort this .

French rower scuttles second attempt to cross Atlantic
Boston Globe Fri, 29 May 2009 09:49 AM PDT
( Vincent DeWitt for The Boston Globe/file 2007) Charlie Girard By Globe Staff A Coast Guard helicopter has rescued French rower Charlie Girard about 150 miles east of Cape Cod, cutting short his latest attempt to row from Orleans...

Possible drowning at Taylorsville Lake
Louisville Courier-Journal Fri, 29 May 2009 09:50 AM PDT
Several law enforcement agencies are at Taylorsville Lake investigating a report of a boating accident and possible drowning, according to Spencer County Deputy Sheriff Larry Goodlett.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating education is first step to safer boating
Sherwood Voice Thu, 28 May 2009 09:57 AM PDT
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas boating accidents and fatalities are up from this same time last year. Currently, there have been 21 reported accidents with six fatalities. At this same time last year Arkansas had 12 accidents with four fatalities.

Our Say: Boating safety based on knowledge and basic rules
The Capital Thu, 28 May 2009 09:08 AM PDT
Every year, as the weather warms up, Maryland's recreational boaters take to the waters of the great Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Every year the Coast Guard and the state Department of Natural Resources Police urge caution and sobriety, and proffer common-sense rules for boating safety.

Boating safety tip
Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
Utah law requires children under age 13 who are on a boat, and anyone operating or riding as a passenger on a personal watercraft, to wear a properly sized ...

Coast Guard boating safety tips
WKYC Cleveland Thu, 28 May 2009 11:14 AM PDT
CLEVELAND -- It's that time of year for boaters to get out on the Lake The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters of the items they should have on board and what they need to know before the launch.

Over 30 boaters rescued during holiday weekend
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - Anchorage,AK,USA
Among those in distress, 10 boats reported being disabled, two reported they were sinking and one boat struck a log. These cases are reminders boaters need ...

Memorial Day weekend boating relatively safe
Daily News Journal Thu, 28 May 2009 11:28 AM PDT
NASHVILLE â The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announced that there were no boating-related fatalities over the 2009 Memorial Day holiday weekend which extended from 6 p.m., May 22 through May 25.

Woman cut by propeller in Gulf boating accident
Gainesville Sun - Gainesville,FL,USA
The Gainesville resident was cut badly after she fell out of a pontoon boat near Cedar Key. By Karen Voyles Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin heard an ...

Border Patrol Agents Saving Lives
"The largest problem we see with boats is boaters that are new to boating, or they bought a new boat and they're unsure of the running condition of that ...

Donte Greene Saves Woman's Life in Memorial Day Boating Accident
FanHouse - New York,NY,USA
Apparently, Donte and a few of his friends ventured to American River and, while wrapping up their holiday boating activities, a woman, who was untying the ...

Police: Houseboat shooting justified
WAVY TV 10 Portsmouth Thu, 28 May 2009 07:57 AM PDT
A man was shot and killed after attempting to gain entry into a houseboat on April 16. Thursday, Hampton Police declared the shooting was justified.

Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded on sailboat off Fire Island
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
BY MATTHEW CHAYES | Three stranded boaters were rescued early Thursday after their 40-foot sailboat ran aground in the fog off ...

On shore the night of boating accident
Lake County Record-Bee - Lakeport,CA,USA
And, I know a sailboat always has the right-of-way over a powerboat, because they can't maneuver as quickly. It is time to reveal the true story to the good ...

Canoeists rescued by fishing boat
BBC News - UK
Three canoeists were saved by a fishing boat after being in the sea for half an hour after capsizing. The trio, believed to be a middle-aged father from ...

Severe weather strands boaters
Fremont News Messenger - Fremont,OH,USA
Keith Fought, Tracey Stacey and Preston Krupp were bailing out water from their 15-foot boat early Wednesday afternoon, trying to stay afloat. ...

2 men rescued after boat sinks off Clearwater Beach
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
CLEARWATER - Firefighters pulled two men from the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon after the men's boat sank off Clearwater Beach, Clearwater officials say. ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating accidents are increasing
Paris Express Wed, 27 May 2009 08:44 AM PDT
Arkansas boating accidents and fatalities are up from this same time last year. Currently, there have been 21 reported accidents with six fatalities. At this same time last year Arkansas had 12 accidents with four fatalities.

Man cancels RI 'bikini cruise' business plans
WCAX-TV Vermont Wed, 27 May 2009 04:08 AM PDT
Associated Press - May 27, 2009 7:05 AM ET NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A business man who planned to bring paying customers to a yacht off the coast of Rhode Island where they could enjoy the company...

They rescued him, but charged him with drunk boating
WWMT - Kalamazoo,MI,USA
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Connecticut man faces drunk boating charges after deputies rescued him from the Grand River. This happened over the holiday weekend in ...

Possible Charges in Boating Accident - Rochester,MN,USA
(ABC 6 NEWS) – Reckless boating charges could be filed as early as today in connection with a boat accident that sent 13 people into the Mississippi River ...

Man Arrested in Memorial Day Weekend Boating Accident
WABI - Bangor,ME,USA
by Catherine Pegram · May 26th 2009 · See more Local News A man from Massachusetts is under arrested after a Memorial Day weekend boating accident in ...

Two kayakers plucked from chilly waters in outer harbor
Boston Globe Wed, 27 May 2009 09:04 AM PDT
By Stewart Bishop, Globe Correspondent Two kayakers were rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday in outer Boston Harbor after their kayaks overturned and left them clinging to a buoy in the frigid water for around an hour. The two were.

Fishing trip turns deadly for Kapuskasing family
Kapuskasing Northern Times Wed, 27 May 2009 11:48 AM PDT
The South Porcupine OPP is the midst of completing an investigation into a boating mishap that has led to the death of a 37-year-old Kapuskasing man, May 25.

Man dies during river-raft accident
The Columbus Dispatch Wed, 27 May 2009 00:40 AM PDT
A Columbus man died Monday while white-water rafting on the Colorado River in Utah.

Mussel inspectors decontaminate 6 boats at Tahoe
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
Inspectors decontaminated six boats for invasive mussels at Lake Tahoe over the Memorial Day weekend, including one with quagga mussel shells at the Tahoe ...

Boat crashes on Sometimes Island
KVUE - Austin,TX,USA
By SHELTON GREEN Some anxious moments for five people who had to be rescued after their boat crashes on Sometimes Island in Lake Travis Tuesday night. ...

Eight boats are destroyed in fire
BBC News - UK
Eight boats have been destroyed and another two damaged in a fire at a boat yard in Llanrhyddland, near Holyhead on Anglesey. The blaze at the Sunshine ...

Mystery boat found floating in Lake Erie
Sandusky Register - OH, USA
This 8-foot boat was found Tuesday morning floating off the east shore of Catawba Island Township. US Coast Guard officials said no boats or boaters have ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

How can boaters protect WIVB - Buffalo, NY, USA BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - We're working to learn more about an afternoon boat fire at the Sunset Bay Marina in Wilson. A newstracker sent News 4 a dramatic image ...

Special Patrols Watch Over Boaters on Potomac WJLA - Washington, DC, USA The critical issue is safety, primarily if there are too many people in too small a boat or not enough life vests for passengers. "Our kids are required to ...

When youre on the water, think safety The Westerly Sun Tue, 26 May 2009 09:05 AM PDT Dave Johnson is a public information staff officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary based out of Point Judith. Ken Fandetti works with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to get the word out about canoe/kayak safety.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boat safety class Big Bear Grizzly Tue, 26 May 2009 08:57 AM PDT Its boating season on Big Bear Lake. That means itâs time to learn about safe boating. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers its âAbout Boating Safetyâ course Saturday, May 23. A second class will be offered July 25.

Park and Rec offers Learn to Sail Program Sussex Sun - Oconomowoc, WI, USA All classes run for three weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm The classes will be held at the Pewaukee Yacht Club in Pewaukee Wisconsin, ...

Canoe, kayak lessons offered in Hinckley Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks Brunswick Sun Times Tue, 26 May 2009 05:24 AM PDT The Hinckley Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks is offering a series of classes on canoeing and kayaking. The American Canoe Association Canoe and Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12-14. The fee is...

Sisters hurt in NJ boat collision improving Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia, PA, USA AP TRENTON, NJ - Two sisters continue to recover from serious injuries sustained in a deadly boating accident on a New Jersey river last week. ...

5-year-old Umatilla boy dies after boating accident on Lake George Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, FL, USA But their outing Sunday turned tragic when a sudden storm dumped waves of up to 4 feet over the bow, and the per fish and game report 20-foot motor boat ...

Bedford woman in serious condition after Smith Mountain Lake ... Lynchburg News and Advance - Lynchburg, VA, USA The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released the name of a woman hurt in a boating accident Sunday. Martin said Sunday that Harris suffered head and ...

Coast Guard: Fewer Boaters Out for Holiday Weekend WBAY - Green Bay, WI, USA Boat traffic, according to the US Coast Guard in Green Bay was down this Memorial holiday compared to years past. "We've had a couple of people pass by but ...

Rescuers Search For Missing Boater WCSH 6 Portland Tue, 26 May 2009 08:37 AM PDT BROOKLIN (AP) -- The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol are looking for a man believed to have fallen off his lobster boat anchored off Flye Island in Blue Hill Bay.

One Killed, One Hurt in WV Boating Crash WHSV Harrisonburg Tue, 26 May 2009 08:18 AM PDT A University of Charleston student was killed and her sister injured when their boat struck a coal barge on the Kanawha River near Chelyan during the Memorial Day weekend.

Ohio man killed in Utah rafting accident ABC 4 Salt Lake City Tue, 26 May 2009 10:32 AM PDT MOAB, Utah (AP) - Police say an Ohio man has been killed after his raft overturned in the Colorado River in southeast Utah.

2 drown in Coeur d'Alene River raft accident KNDO - KNDU Tri-Cities Mon, 25 May 2009 22:42 PM PDT Associated Press - May 26, 2009 1:35 AM ET KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) - The Shoshone County sheriff's office says the bodies of 2 men who drowned in a holiday weekend rafting accident on Idaho's Coeur...

Man badly burned in fire at Marina saves other boats Buffalo News - NY, United States WILSON—A man who was badly burned Monday when the boat he was working on caught fire prevented serious damage to a Sunset Bay Marina building and other ...

Warden Service Charges Man With OUI Following Boat Crash - Portland, ME, USA A 23-foot boat driven by Fraser left Square Pond and landed about eight feet off the ground in trees on an island in Square Pond. ...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

VA to require boating courses NBC 12 Richmond Sun, 24 May 2009 07:30 AM PDT RICHMOND, VA (AP) - Starting in July, some boaters will be required to take safety courses in order to operate a motorboat or personal water craft in Virginia waters.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boat safety class Big Bear Grizzly Mon, 25 May 2009 11:11 AM PDT Its boating season on Big Bear Lake. That means its time to learn about safe boating. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers its âAbout Boating Safetyâ course Saturday, May 23. A second class will be offered July 25.

Inflatable PFD's Given Away in TWRA ''Wear It'' Campaign The Chattanoogan Mon, 25 May 2009 10:23 AM PDT The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will launch the second year of its âWear It Tennessee!â campaign to increase life jacket wear while boating.

Officials pleased with area boaters The Spokesman Review - Spokane, WA, USA All the boats he inspected at local boat ramps were in compliance with their safety gear and licenses, he said. Compliance was scant, however, for the newly ...

Boaters' know-how not always shipshape San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA At the boat ramp, when the guy drove up the ramp, pulling his boat out of the lake, the boat slipped off the trailer to the side, keeled over, ...

HAVING A SAFE TIME State stressing boating safety; patrols to increase Kennebec Journal - Augusta, ME, USA BY MECHELE COOPER That's the message the Maine Warden Service is sending to try to reduce the number of boat-related fatalities this year. ...

Boaters reminded to stay safe as season gets under way KSL-TV - Salt Lake City, UT, USA By Alex Cabrero UTAH COUNTY -- Memorial Day usually means the start of the boating season. The Department of Natural Resources is putting out a warning for ...

Coast Guard & Marine Patrol: boaters need to keep up with weather WLOX - Biloxi, MS, USA Severe weather kept Jeffrey Powell's commercial fishing boat docked at the Biloxi Harbor on Saturday. After losing friends in boating accidents, ...

Travel briefs: Enjoy Fishing and Boating Week Detroit Free Press - United States AP • May 24, 2009 The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation wants you to take a kid fishing during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14. ...

Webster couple rescues 7 from boat Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester, NY, USA Linda Mogray and her husband, Skip, have been boating out of Olcott Beach, Niagara County, for years, but on Saturday the couple did something they've never ...

Coast Guard rescues injured man in NJ waters Burlington County Times Sun, 24 May 2009 10:11 AM PDT A man injured while riding a personal watercraft in a southern New Jersey waterway has been rescued by a Coast Guard crew.

Holiday Boating Accident Kills One WCMH Columbus Sun, 24 May 2009 11:29 AM PDT A boater on Grand Lake St.Marys died late Saturday after an accident that threw him into the water.

Man Killed in N.J. Boating Accident Died of Drowning WCBS 880 New York Sun, 24 May 2009 10:57 AM PDT A man killed when two boats collided on a New Jersey river died of drowning, an autopsy has determined.

Boat Crash Injures 2 FOX Carolina Sun, 24 May 2009 09:56 AM PDT Two people are injured in a holiday-weekend boating crash on Lake Keowee.

1 missing, 3 injured in collision at sea The New Straits Times Sun, 24 May 2009 10:13 AM PDT KUANTAN: An American diver is missing, and an Irishman and three Thais were injured when their yacht collided with a vessel about 4am yesterday, nearly 60km off the coast.

Boat flies out of Maine pond, lands in trees Boston Herald - United States By AP SHAPLEIGH, Maine — Authorities say someone from Massachusetts suffered life-threatening injuries when a boat flew out of a Maine pond and landed eight

Candlewood Lake boat accident: What they saw Danbury News Times - Danbury, CT, USA By John Pirro NEW MILFORD--The night was warm and hazy, but as Cheryl Rasor looked out her bedroom window, she could clearly see the lights of two boats ...

Two children die after storm flips boat in Lake George Ocala - Ocala, FL, USA The Coast Guard and a passing boater flipped the boat over and got the passengers out, but two of the children were dead. Everyone on board was wearing a ...

Search for missing boaters called off Ottawa Citizen - Ontario, Canada By Maria Cook and David Guy, The Ottawa CitizenMay 24, 2009 A Gatineau Fire Dept. water rescue boat heads out onto the Ottawa River (Deschênes Rapids) early ...

BOAT ACCIDENT: 13-year-old seriously injured in docking attempt The Daily Times Mon, 25 May 2009 09:06 AM PDT WEST OCEAN CITY A 13-year-old sustained serious injuries in a boating accident Sunday in Herring Creek. Police say the juvenile was wrongly behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

Lifeboat rescue Hartlepool Mail Mon, 25 May 2009 03:10 AM PDT LIFEBOAT crews were called after a yacht became stranded off shore.

Kansas man drowns after his boat capsizes Kansas City Star - MO, USA A northeast Kansas man drowned when his boat capsized in a Pottawatomie County pond. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office says it received a call around ...

Salamanca man drowns after falling off boat Buffalo News - NY, United States Scott J. Reinhardt, of Meacham Road, was fishing alone and was not wearing a life jacket when he apparently fell off his small boat near the Onoville Marina ...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Coast Guard: Boating safety advisory FOX 25 Boston Fri, 22 May 2009 10:06 AM PDT The Coast Guard wants you to have fun responsibly this Memorial Day Weekend. Read more for tips on how you can enjoy National Safe Boating Week.

Police urge boating safety this weekend Flower Mound Leader Fri, 22 May 2009 11:07 AM PDT Monday is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and local police are encouraging those who get on the lake to take the necessary precautions. Atop the list of preventative measures police are urging are the use of lifejackets when on the lake.

Sheriff's office offers free boater's safety Fri, 22 May 2009 10:19 AM PDT The Allegan County Sheriff's Office wants to help boaters have safe fun during the 2009 boating season by offering free boater safety classes. After successful completion of the class, boaters age 12 and up will receive boater's safety certificates.

Va. Boaters Will be Required to Take Safety Course WCAV Charlottesville Sat, 23 May 2009 09:28 AM PDT Starting in July, boaters will be required to take safety courses in order to operate a motorboat or personal water craft in Virginia waters. The General Assembly passed a law in 2007 that made boating safety classes a requirement.

Tewksbury Rod and Gun Club home to boating safety course Tewksbury Advocate Fri, 22 May 2009 11:27 AM PDT In Tewksbury, the Massachusetts Environmental Police is holding a safe boating course.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boat safety class Big Bear Grizzly Sat, 23 May 2009 10:56 AM PDT Its boating season on Big Bear Lake. That means itâs time to learn about safe boating. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers its âAbout Boating Safetyâ course Saturday, May 23. A second class will be offered July 25.

Base warns boaters to watch for unexploded ordnance on Ottawa River beaches Pembroke Daily Observer Sat, 23 May 2009 10:48 AM PDT -With boating season fast approaching the public is asked to be mindful of the possibilities of encounters with Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO) along the Ottawa River beaches.[...]

Boating season brings beefed up enforcement Times Daily - Florence, AL, USA Marine police Lt. Roy Ellis pulls away from a boat after checking it below Wilson Dam to continue cruising up the Tennessee River. The dam is very dangerous ...

Strict Drinking and Boating Enforcement on Lake Hartwell WSPA Spartanburg Fri, 22 May 2009 11:43 AM PDT It is Memorial Day Weekend and people will be out in droves on area lakes and waterways. On Lake Hartwell , officials from both South Carolina and Georgia will be in full force preventing boating under the influence.

Governor signs three bills dealing with foreclosures, wetlands and ... Barre Montpelier Times Argus - Barre, VT, USA The boating law signed by Douglas on Thursday will give Vermont law enforcement the authority to board boats and other water vessels to ensure the vehicles ...

Make sure boat ready to run Selma Times-Journal - Selma, AL, USA By Buster Wolfe Selma Times-Journal Thousands of fishermen, skiers and pleasure boaters will be taking to the waterways this holiday weekend during the ...

Boating laws The Spokesman Review - Spokane, WA, USA Washington: For a boating guide and laws from Washington State Parks, go to /handbook/index.htm. New this year: Every person under age 25 ...

Alabama Marine Police see more careless boaters on Memorial Day ... - Birmingham, AL, USA Boaters across the state, many for the first time this year, will take to the waters this weekend. That much hasn't changed in the 50 years since the ...

Boating and alcohol a possible $1000 fine Daily Citizen - Dalton, GA, USA The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from drinking ...

Boat safety on Lake Mead Las Vegas Sun - Las Vegas, NV, USA Nevada Departmnet of Wildlife Warden Randy Bond drives a patrol boat into Lake Mead Marina on Friday. View photo » Sophie Hammer shows off a Barbie life ...

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Pittsburgh Kayaker In MaineWPXI Pittsburgh Fri, 22 May 2009 08:24 AM PDTThe Coast Guard said a Pittsburgh man has been rescued from Maine's Burnt Porcupine Island after his first ocean-kayaking trip.

Conroe man killed in boat crash was worldwide oil well firefighter ... Family Badge - USA River Plantation resident, Lawrence H. "Larry" Flak age 54, died in a horrific boating accident with four friends the night before the five men were to ...

Firefighters Rescue Injured Man From Sailboat Kitsap Sun - WA, United States SUQUAMISH ― A Bellevue man was rescued Wednesday afternoon after he became stranded in his sailboat because of an injury, according to North Kitsap Fire and ...

Both drivers charged in boat crash that sent six to hospitals Greenville News - Greenville, SC, USA By Anna Simon Clemson bureau • May 22, 2009 ANDERSON -- A Pickens County deputy and a Starr woman operating boats that collided on ...

Couple rescued after storms overwhelms boat WA today - Perth, WA, Australia A couple whose dinghy was swamped by heavy seas during wild storms overnight were found yelling for help on a nearby yacht. Emergency services were called ...

One teen dead, four hurt in boat collision WTOL 11 Toledo Sat, 23 May 2009 11:34 AM PDT Teenagers severely injured in a boating collision on the New Jersey river.

WEBFIRST: Life lost in Kal Lake Kelowna Capital News Sat, 23 May 2009 10:04 AM PDT An evening of boating on Kalamalka Lake turned tragic Friday. As of press time, the RCMP and Search and Rescue continued to comb the north end of the lake looking for a man who fell off a boat.

One person burned when boat catches fire at Lake Afton KSN-TV - Wichita, KS, USA LAKE AFTON, KS -- Emergency crews rushed to Lake Afton around 3:15 Saturday afternoon to reports of a boat on fire. Officials on the scene say there were ...

Charter boat sinks in WIVB - Buffalo, NY, USA NEW FANE, NY (WIVB) - Seven people were treated for hypothermia after their charter boat sank in Lake Ontario early Saturday morning. The boat was heading ...

4 injured in boat fire on Intracoastal - Miami, FL, USA Four people are recovering after being injured in a fire aboard a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway. Boca Raton Fire-Rescue says a 30- to 40-foot bought was ...

Contact 2: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning FOX 2 News St. Louis Fri, 22 May 2009 04:29 AM PDT Camping lanterns are a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The lanterns, which burn propane, can emanate the deadly carbon monoxide gas if they aren't working properly.

Pa. man uses pressure washer indoors: 6 made ill WFMJ Youngstown Fri, 22 May 2009 06:37 AM PDT DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Officials say six people suffered the effects of carbon monoxide fumes in a Philadelphia-area home when a man used a gasoline-powered pressure washer to clean the basement.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Safety classes can prepare boaters for carefree summer Peoria Journal Star - Peoria, IL, USA By CATHARINE SCHAIDLE David Freeman is an experienced seaman, yet he has signed on for boating safety lessons offered by the Illinois Valley Power Squadron. ...

Coast Guard Stresses Boating Safety This Weekend WCPO - Cincinnati, OH, USA The United States Coast Guard hopes it can help make the upcoming Memorial Day weekend as safe as possible for all Tri-State boaters. ...

Safe boating week emphasizes need for life jackets Dickinson Press - Dickinson, ND, USA National Safe Boating Week is a good time to remind water recreationists to wear a life jacket. Nancy Boldt, boat and water safety coordinator for the North ...

Governor Palin Signs Boating Safety Bill in Wrangell KCAW - sitka, AK, USA... Governor Sarah Palin made a stop in Wrangell,Wednesday afternoon, during a trip through the Southeast to sign a bill concerning boating safety. ...

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA, USA By Enterprise News Service The week of May 16-22, 2009 has been proclaimed Safe Boating Week in Louisiana by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ...

Safe Boating Week: places to go, tips to remember - USA Because this is Safe Boating Week, here are some safety rules to keep in mind before showing off your vessel this Memorial Day weekend. Know how to swim. ...

Coast Guard reminds us to be safe boaters FOX 41 Louisville Thu, 21 May 2009 09:56 AM PDT Wearing a life vest is the most important advice.

Boat Crackdown Could Be Law By Weekend KOCO - Oklahoma City, OK, USA The measure would lower the legal blood-alcohol limit from .10 to .08, in order to keep impaired boaters off the water. "That makes sense," said Arcadia ...

Arkansas Boating Accidents Up In 2009 KTHV Little Rock Thu, 21 May 2009 09:29 AM PDT Arkansas boating accidents and fatalities are up from this same time last year. Currently, there have been 21 reported accidents with six fatalities. At this same time last year Arkansas had 12 accidents with four fatalities.

Don't forget to get boats properly inspected Cordova Times - Cordova, AK, USA “I want to clearly see the ADF&G numbers on the side of the boat. I also want to see the triangle plate on the port (left) side of the vessel,” Morrisett ...

PFDs lifesavers for men whose boat swamped in bay VillageSoup Belfast - ME, USA “Somehow or another the boat took on water and that ended up swamping it.” Talbot said the men were unsure what time the boat took on water, ...

Mom, child rescued from waters in Fla. Keys NBC 15 Mobile Thu, 21 May 2009 07:47 AM PDT The Coast Guard says a woman and her young daughter were found in the waters off the Florida Keys this week, after they tried to swim to shore when their...

Jonesport man's body found in surf Bangor Daily News - Bangor, ME, USA Lenfesty kept a small sailboat moored near Beals Island. On Wednesday morning, Lenfesty left the island to check on his sailboat, something he did ever day.

Officials: 5 dead in Louisiana boating accident Kerrville Daily Times Thu, 21 May 2009 11:51 AM PDT HOUMA, La. (AP) -- Louisiana officials say five men in town for a fishing tournament died when their 24-foot aluminum boat ran under one end of a barge.

Man arrested for drunken canoeing in New Ulm Post-Bulletin Thu, 21 May 2009 11:34 AM PDT NEW ULM, Minn. -- A New Ulm man was arrested on suspicion of drunken boating after his motorized canoe capsized on the Minnesota River near New Ulm. Two men were rescued. About 8 p.m. Monday, two New Ulm men in the 50s were in a 1993

Adrift more than a year, yacht recovered Soundings Thu, 21 May 2009 10:56 AM PDT Air Apparent, the small yacht abandoned off the north coast of New Zealand last year when the crew mutinied and set off a distress beacon against the captainâs wishes ( Soundings, June 2008 ), was recovered 14 months later by fishermen 870 miles away in Queensland, Australia.

Five dead in La. boat crash United Press International - USA DULARGE, La., May 21 (UPI) -- Authorities in Louisiana said five people participating in a fishing competition were killed when their boat collided with a ...

Three killed when boat strikes barge near Houma WWL - New Orleans, LA, USA Three people were killed and another person was unaccounted for after a recreational boat slammed into a barge in the Falgout Canal in Dulac, about 12 miles ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe, be smart WKYC-TV - Cleveland, OH, USA CLEVELAND -- The United States Coast Guard urges boaters to be prepared for the upcoming boating season which is just around the corner. ...

Safe boating no accident Branson Daily News Wed, 20 May 2009 08:33 AM PDT Boaters on Missouri Waters are being asked to be extra careful during the Memorial Day weekend, which falls in National and Missouri Safe Boating Week. The Missouri State Water Patrol, above, will be policing the stateâs waterways and officials recommend wearing life jackets, left, for all water activities.

National safe boating week part 2 WSTM NBC3 Central New York Wed, 20 May 2009 07:54 AM PDT Boating and sailing are fun spring and summer activities. However, there are some hidden dangers and safety precautions that everyone should be aware before boarding a boat.

NH boaters need certification card WBZ - Boston, MA, USA CONWAY, NH (AP) Lots of boaters expected to launch this holiday weekend, and boaters in New Hampshire are now required to have a state-issued boating ...

Safety first as boating season begins Morehead News - Morehead, KY,USA By Hayley Lynch The most popular boating weekend of the year is coming up. Memorial Day weekend draws more boaters to Kentucky's lakes and rivers than any ...

Life jacket rules may change Argus Observer Wed, 20 May 2009 08:44 AM PDT FLORENCE, (AP) The Oregon Coast has some of the most treacherous river bar crossings in the country, but U.S. Coast Guard rules donât require charter boat passengers to wear life jackets when braving those waters â at least not yet.

Summer is time for safety on the water Delta Democrat Times Wed, 20 May 2009 11:24 AM PDT GREENVILLE - Memorial Day traditionally marks the opening of the summer boating season and that means it is time to prepare for a safe season on area lakes and rivers.

Boat safety a must to avoid big Memorial Day fines KFSM - Fort Smith, AR, USA But lake officials say, 'not so fast;' before you take to the lake, boats had better be up to par. Some speed boats can run 75 miles an hour or more. ...

Boats entering Idaho face inspections KIVI-TV - Boise, ID, USA The state Board of Examiners approved the plan Tuesday that requires boats being pulled into Idaho to be inspected and possibly go through decontamination. ...

Fishing Report: Boating rules appreciated after they're understood Bethany Beach Wave - Bethany Beach, DE, USA Most boaters are aware that at night they must display the standard white 360-degree "anchor-light," but many are unaware that while anchored during the day ...

Coast Guard tows disable boat The Plain Dealer - - Cleveland, OH, USA Coast Guard officials said the radio on board the boat was broken and the man on board had no way of communicating his plight when his batteries failed and ...

Two Rescued From 38-Foot Boat During Storm WFTV 9 Orlando Tue, 19 May 2009 14:09 PM PDT VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Harsh winds and waves were pounding the shoreline of Central Florida Tuesday, leading to a rescue of people who were trying to sail through a storm.

Prosecutor admits missteps in boat crash case - San Francisco, CA, USA His mother, Lynn Thornton of Willows, died one night three years ago after the sailboat she was riding in got run over by a powerboat. ...

BREAKING: Dinius trial date reset for June Lake County News - Lakeport, CA, USA LAKEPORT – The trial date for a Carmichael man accused of vehicular manslaughter and boating under the influence in connection with a fatal 2006 sailboat ...

Man arrested for drunken canoeing in New Ulm KAAL Austin Wed, 20 May 2009 09:12 AM PDT NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - A New Ulm man was arrested on suspicion of drunken boating after his motorized canoe capsized on the Minnesota River near New Ulm. Two men were rescued

Yacht skipper helicoptered to hospital EDP24 - Eastern Daily Press Wed, 20 May 2009 13:17 PM PDT The emergency services were out in force today after a yacht skipper suffered a suspected broken leg off Brancaster. Coastguard, police, ambulance, air ambulance and an RNLI hovercraft were all mobilised after the accident at about 4.50pm.

2 Maine men survive boat sinking Boston Herald - United States By AP NORTHPORT, Maine — Two men whose construction boat sank about a mile off Maine's coast survived what may have been an hourlong swim. ...

Conn. police: boater in fatal crash was drunk Newsday - Long Island, NY, USA Connecticut investigators say a New Milford man was intoxicated and his boat was going too fast when he caused an accident on Candlewood Lake last year that ...

Hull Identification Number for Boats

The following is not a boating safety isssue but is very important to boat owners. Over the years I have received hundreds of questions about Hull Identification Numbers. So here it is;

HIN 101 for boat owners.

Every recreational boat sold in the USA and Canada, and many other countries, must have a Hull Identification Number (HIN). This is a unique number identifying each boat, in much the same way that every automobile has a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The US and Canadian rules for HINs are the same and the European Economic Community (EU) has adopted very similar rules. But some boat owners get confused about HINs, especially on older boats, that weren’t required to have them, and for home built boats.

In 1972 the Federal Boat Safety Act went into effect and as part of the act the U. S. Coast Guard was required to propose regulations for the safe construction of boats. As a way to determine if a boat was in compliance, an HIN was required on each boat. The HIN identifies who the manufacturer is and when the boat was made. It is a twelve digit number. The first three letters (in some MICs numbers) are the Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC) and the last four numbers show the date of certification. You can look up a MIC here. The date of certification is the date the manufacturer certifies that the boat meets all the rules that the particular boat has to meet. But this kind of legal jargon is confusing to most people, so the last four digits, to most people, indicate when the boat was made. Look here for the US Coast Guard’s own version of HIN 101.

The rule was intended for boat builders and manufacturers, not boat owners. But over the years boat owners became involved because all the states included the HIN in their registration process and wanted an HIN on every boat, even old and home made boats. So part of the rule allowed states to assign an HIN to boats that didn’t have one. Each state is assigned its own MIC to use when assigning an HIN.

To further complicate the issue, the HIN became a tool for law enforcement agencies to detect stolen boats, insurance fraud and other crimes involving boats. Insurance companies also use the HIN to identify specific boats. So it became more important for all boats, old and new alike to have an HIN.

Normally a number is assigned by the builder or manufacturer and they keep a list of who the boats were sold to, by HIN. This is an effective tool for defect recalls, and for law enforcement checking bogus HINs.

So where does the boat owner come in? This is not normally an issue with a brand new boat. The boat comes with the HIN on the transom, on most boats, or at or near the stern on boats with no transom.

A HIN looks like this:


So, what does it all mean? ABC is the MIC.

The next five characters are anything the builder wants to assign. It can be 12345, or 00001, or 0000A, or 32001. Whatever they want to put in there except: O, I or Q. These characters look too much like zeros or ones. Some manufacturers use a sort of code in this area. For instance, if they build a thirty footer and this is the first one then they would use 30001. Others just assign consecutive numbers, 00001, 00002, 00003, etc.

The ninth character identifies the month when the boat was certified (or built, I will explain this later) as shown in the chart below. So if it's built in May the ninth character would be an E.
It works like this:

A: January
G: July
B: February
H: August
C: March
I: September (yes it's an I, but it's ok)
D: April
J: October
E: May
K: November
F: June
L: December

The tenth character is last digit of the year when the boat was certified (or built), for example if the year is 1997, then the tenth character would be a 7, or if it is the year 2009, it would be a nine.

The last two characters are the model year. A builder can assign any model year they want but it better be pretty close to the year it was built. Most manufacturers start their model year in August, but some use June or July. It's up to them. However, if the boat was built in 2000 it shouldn’t say 1997. Every time someone tries to register that boat, alarms will go off all over the place. The cops will come and start asking nosy questions. Also, the owner will have a difficult time insuring the boat. The agent will suspect some sort of fraud if the model year is significantly different than the actual year built.

There have been some additions to the HIN since 1984. A builder can add info before and after the number. For instance, many imported boats have a country code before the number.

US - ABC12345L409

This is a boat built in the USA. If the two letters were CA it would be Canada. The International Standards Organization (ISO) publishes a list of country codes.
Additionally they can put up to five characters after the HIN.

US - ABC12345L495 H326

See this link for what those characters mean.
It is rare to see a 19 character HIN but they do exist. The last five characters are a description of the boat and especially useful to law enforcement in tracking stolen boats. The International Association of Marine Investigators has been trying for years to get the last five digits adopted by the US and the EU. So far they have not been successful.

What if you buy an old boat made before 1972, and it doesn’t have an HIN, or you built it? If you bought the boat make sure you get a valid bill of sale from whoever sold it. If they have previously registered the boat you should also get the old registration. In states that Title boats you should get the title transferred as well. If you built it you will not have any of these. The state will ask you to fill out a form. This form attests that either you built the boat, or that it was built prior to 1972. They may also ask for a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO), or a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO). Old boats or home built boats simply do not have these documents. Only new or factory built boats have them.

They may also require someone to actually look at the boat and verify it exists. This may mean bringing the boat on a trailer to their office, or if it is a large boat, having a law enforcement officer look at the boat.

They will then assign an HIN to the boat. You will have to put the HIN on the boat in two places. The requirement is for the HIN to be on the upper right corner of the transom, or if no transom, at or near the stern on the right side below the gunwale. A duplicate has to be put in a concealed location. Remember where this is. If you ever sell the boat you will need to pass this on to the next owner.

It must be “permanently affixed”. This means put on in such a way that any efforts to remove or change it will be obvious. It can be burned, etched, carved, or stamped. You can put it on a plate or label as long as the plate or label can not be removed.

Just to confuse the issue even further, before 1984 there were two ways to put the date of certification on the HIN; it could look like this ABC000011272, or ABC00001M73E. Both of these are valid and indicate a boat built in December 1972, (hence 12 and 72 on one, or M for model year 73 and E for the month of December). This was very confusing so in 1984 the current HIN was adopted.

Registration rules vary from state to state. So contact the state’s Boating Law Administrator.

To make this even more muddied, imported boats are now entering the country with HINs that appear to be valid. They look just like US or Canadian HINs and they are valid in the country of origin, but not in the USA. All Canadian HINs are valid in the US and vice versa. Why aren’t most foreign HINS valid? It goes back to the MIC. The US and Canada have a shared MIC code database. Since 1972 they have assigned approximately 40,000 MICs. At any one time only about 4500 are active but companies go in and out of business daily.

Then the ISO adopted the MIC assignment system. The EU incorporated this in their code called the Recreational Craft Directive. Each EU country is now assigning MICs to their boat manufacturers. Many of these are identical to MICs assigned by the US and Canada. So a boat with a MIC of ABC may have been made in any of several dozen countries.

The rule in the US is that the importer is supposed to get a MIC from the US Coast Guard and assign valid MICs to the boats. Unfortunately this is rarely done and there are thousands of imported boats sold each year in the US with invalid HINs. This usually comes home to roost when the boat is registered with a state.

So if you buy an imported boat and it has a foreign HIN (other than Canada) you may get asked a lot of questions when you try to register it, or document it with the US Coast Guard. They will run the HIN through their database and the manufacturer will not be correct. If the HIN is not valid, you may have to contact the US Coast Guard (or Canadian Coast Guard) to get it straightened out and get a valid HIN for the boat. If you import the boat yourself, you will have to get a valid HIN. If you are going to register it with a state they will assign a state HIN. If documenting the boat the USCG may have to assign a valid HIN.

So, what to do if you get a boat with a bogus HIN, that is, there is a valid error in the number, or someone altered the HIN? People have been caught altering HINs to make the boat a newer model, or to try selling a stolen boat. The best thing to do is contact the boating authority in your state, and the US Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety 202-372-1073. Make every attempt to get this straightened out, because if you don’t it will come back to haunt you. Suppose you get boarded and they run the HIN. Or, you get a safety check by local law enforcement at a boat ramp and they discover the bogus HIN, or you try to sell the boat. The boat may get impounded, and you won’t get it back until the investigation is complete and you are cleared. So, get it fixed as soon as you discover the problem.