Boating Safety Is For Life

Friday, December 31, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

HAPPY NEW YEAR
I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND PLEASURABLE BOATING YEAR IN 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Warnings:

Coast Guard closes Chetco River entrance
KTVL Medford Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:47 AM PST
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) â A Coast Guard captain is asking all vessels to stay at sea while the Chetco River bar entrance at Brookings Harbor remains closed. The Coast Guard says in a release that the river bar entrance has been closed due to high...


Safety:

Older boaters
Orlando Sentinel
A safe boater class could save your life. By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel Experience is what Arlen Gastineau said saved him when his boat capsized ...


Water safety seminars scheduled
Today's News-Herald
A careless boater crashed a boat into a dock and injured an 8-month-old infant — Lyon's son. The child suffered a fractured skull and has had a disability ...


Water safety is year-round concern
El Dorado Times Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:45 PM PST
Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps urges anyone planning to be on or around water to practice boating and water safety.


Eppalock boat users beware
Bendigo Advertiser
BOAT users have been warned to use common sense and put safety first when they hit Lake Eppalock this summer. Water Police will be patrolling lakes ...


Boating Accidents Frequently Caused by Ignorance | Washington ...
By Seattle Maritime Attorneys
Most boaters have never taken any type of boating safety class. They rely on their own experience or information that they have picked up from other boaters. A study in Florida showed that 90% of people involved in boating accidents had ...
Washington California & Florida... - http://www.seattlepersonalinjuryblog.com/


90% in Fla. boating accidents never took safety course
Sun-Sentinel Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:36 AM PST
The leading cause of death is drowning and could be averted by simply wearing a life jacket. Experience is what Arlen Gastineau said saved him last month when his boat capsized 20 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico and left him and two friends clinging to the overturned vessel for more than 18 hours. The 69-year-old fisherman has logged hundreds of hours on the brine, but he admitted he may have ... 


US Customs: Boaters Must Declare $10000 or More in Southbound Cash
The Log Newspaper
Because if you're carrying more than $10K in cash or traveler's checks aboard your boat or RV, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a little form for you ...



New boating rules floated
Newcastle Herald
BY TODD DAGWELL Lake Macquarie boat owners are being warned to be safe this summer or they may find the NSW Maritime dropping anchor beside them. .


Boating Devices for Safe Boating.
By Michael Thiele
The appropriate boating equipment can make the difference between a delightful boating experience along with a disastrous 1. While each state and province may perhaps have various regulations about what kinds of boating equipment are ...
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Education:

Boating education courses available
The Daily Jeffersonian Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:44 AM PST
Boating education courses available Boating season will be here again before you know it, so boating education courses are starting now. Options include taking a classroom course, an online Internet course, at-home study course or a proficiency exam. For 


Power squadron boating course: basics and more
Gulf Islands Driftwood Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:02 AM PST
With fewer people are out on their boats during the month of January, itâs the perfect time to come indoors and improve boating skills


Online boating safety course offered
Eastern Shore News Wed, 29 Dec 2010 01:38 AM PST
RICHMOND -- With a phase-in period that began last year, many Virginia boaters and PWC operators will soon be required to carry a boating safety certificate while operating a PWC or boat with motor having 10 or more horsepower. 


 Power squadron boating course: basics and more
BCLocalNews
SEA TIME: Mild December weather on Salt Spring has provided several chances for boaters to take to the water, as seen here recently in Ganges Harbour. ...



Fatalities:

1 dead after canoe flips in central Fla. lake
MiamiHerald.com
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death of a boater on a central Florida lake. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the death of .


Authorities recover body of man who fell overboard
San Jose Mercury News
Authorities have recovered the body of a Santa Rosa man who disappeared after he fell overboard from his sailboat earlier this month. ...


Trip to 'unwind' proved fatal
TODAYonline
Mr Chua, 45, a project coordinator with a start-up firm, was one of the four people who died from the boating tragedy that happened on Sunday. ...


Man Dies From Chrismtas Eve Boating Accident
WMBB-TV
Gulf County officials are still trying to figure out how a Wewahitchka man died in a boating accident on Christmas Eve. Stan Kirkland with the Florida Fish .


Man, 25, dies in area lake
Texarkana Gazette Tue, 28 Dec 2010 01:58 AM PST
A New Boston, Texas, man drowned Sunday evening in a boating accident, officials said. Justin Foster, 25, was found about 8 p.m. after spending nearly four hours submerged in the frigid waters of Wright Patman Lake at Atlanta State Park in Atlanta, Texas.



Other:

Power line zaps boats, reports say
Charleston Post Courier
One boater reportedly blew out a radio when electricity arced to the antenna passing below. Then an angler from Greenville got a nasty shock when ...


Bodega Crab Boaters Swim To Shore After Boat Capsizes « CBS San ...
By gdrosenblum
A man and a woman crab fishing near Bodega Bay are OK after a large wave gave them an unexpected dip in the ocean.
CBS San Francisco- News, Sports,... - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/


Six rescued from disabled sailboat off Volusia's coast
Orlando Sentinel
The US Coast Guard said 'heavy weather' disabled the sailboat after 2 pm Sunday about 30 miles east of Ponce de Leon Inlet. By Kevin P. Connolly, .

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Striper Hotline Aimed at Suspected Poachers
WBOC Salisbury Fri, 24 Dec 2010 06:29 AM PST
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard has established an Atlantic striped bass hotline to reel in poachers.As striped bass move offshore, the guard cautions anglers that the fish cannot be caught, harvested 


Boating tip: Dec. 24, 2010
TCPalm
If you plan to cross Lake Okeechobee by boat, be sure to first check the water level. When the water level falls in Lake Okeechobee because of evaporation, ...

WATERCRAFT OFFICER CANDIDATES SOUGHT
The Newark Advocate
The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers Ohio's boating programs. More information may be found online at www.ohiodnr/com/watercraft.

Safety:

This one is  bit long but could have a large impact on Yachts visiting the European Union countries.

EU's 100% rule on inspections may hit yachts
The Triton
This could have a significant impact on yachts. Historically, yachts were not incorporated into the inspection scheme due to the 25 percent goal and th

FWC hosts Boating Advisory Council meeting
Chipley Bugle Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:02 PM PST
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted a Florida Boating Advisory Council (BAC) meeting recently in Tallahassee. At the meeting, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Baumgartner presented several awards. 


Police on the Gold Coast warn of dangers on the sea during Christmas Holidays
News.com.ag
The Queensland Police Service has issued a warning to people who intend to go boating on Gold Coast waters to take care. A police spokesperson said, ...

Port Canaveral to be a test site for a new warning system
Central Florida News 13 Sat, 25 Dec 2010 04:07 AM PST
Boaters who venture into off-limits zones around Port Canaveral can expect a warning blast and a flash from the U.S. Coast Guard


Boating Safe Practices – Things to Know.
By Michael Thiele
And with summer months time comes all varieties of fun choices to enjoy the outdoors, which includes boating. Any time the sun is in your face, the wind is in your hair and also the spray is keeping you cool, it is simple to leave safe ...
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Education:


Darien Sail & Power Squadron offers safe boating course
Darien Times
This course also meets the requirements for the Coastal Boater Endorsement, recently introduced by the state's DEP Boating Division. ...

Boating: Squadron can help you learn to use electronics
The News-Press Sat, 25 Dec 2010 22:36 PM PST
Maybe you received a sweater or some new shirts this Christmas, but Santa could have bought you some new toys for the boat. 


Fatalities:

Police recover body after boat overturns
BigPond News
Two men on a yacht told them they'd been using the boat's dinghy and lost sight of a third man when it overturned and sank.

Man Drowns After Boat Sinks Off NJ Coast
My9 WWOR-TV New Jersey Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:15 AM PST
One man was dead and another was in critical condition Thursday after their boat sank overnight off the coast of southern New Jersey, the Coast Guard said. 


Mystery rescuer vanishes in sea after he capsizes off Picara Point
Virgin Islands Daily News
THOMAS - The US Coast Guard still had not found a boater Thursday night who may have fallen into the waters at Picara Point at the end of the Peterborg ...
Boat sinks, man drowns
TheMercury.com.au
Police believe the three may have been drinking alcohol and none was wearing a life jacket, which prompted a warning to boat users from Acting Insp Hutcheon ...

Fires:


Fire destroys houseboat in Matagorda Bay
The Victoria Advocate Fri, 24 Dec 2010 13:59 PM PST
A houseboat in Matagorda Bay was destroyed by a fire Friday afternoon. 


Other:


Fire Fighters Get Stuck On Swollen Sacramento River
KTXL
It started with a stranded boater. His battery was dead. "This cold weather has made it so a lot of boats won't crank-up," said Geneva Miller, ...

Sailboat, 3 Passengers Stranded In Inlet
WJXT Jacksonville
A 47-foot sailboat went aground on a sandbar in the St. Augustine Inlet on Thursday afternoon, stranding three boaters on board. The boat, Grenadine Passage .

Two Men Thrown Overboard, Rescued By Good Samaritan
KTVU San Francisco
It wasn't immediately clear what caused them to fall out of the boat, but luckily for them, another boater saw the accident and alerted the Coast Guard, ...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Safety:

 Recreational boating safety survey in the works
Soundings Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:18 PM PST
The Coast Guard is planning to spend about $10.6 million for a multiyear national boating survey


Senate urges coast guard to keep lighthouses staffed
Vancouver Province Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:30 AM PST
The Canadian Coast Guard is being urged to stop pulling staff from lighthouses, and instead establish staffing guidelines through case-by-case consultations. 


Lake Havasu Todays News Herald
Today's News-Herald Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:38 PM PST
Lake Havasu Marine Association recently launched the test-market phase of a large-scale Carry a Designated Operator sober boat operator campaign to help promote safe boating on Lake Havasu. 


 Boaters should watch for record number of manatees in PBC waters, state ...
Palm Beach Post
"Normally, boating season ends around the Labor Day weekend in September or October," Ferraro said, "but with so many people in town and the good weather ...


Florida boating fatalities one short of record
Gasparilla Gazette Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:23 PM PST
The 76 boating fatalities so far in Florida waters this year is a 17 percent increase over the 65 boating deaths in 2009, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission



Boater Education:

Get boater training in Bellevue
Seattle Times Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:10 PM PST
Boaters may get certified for their Washington State Boater's Card through upcoming training sessions offered on the Eastside by Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron.


Coast Guard Boating Courses
Patch
By Paul MJ Suchecki | Email the author | 6:28am The best deals in Marina del Rey are the free boating courses taught by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-4. ...



Fatalities:

OH Man Sentenced for Deadly WV Boating Accident
WHSV Harrisonburg Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:46 AM PST
An Ohio man convicted of drunken boating in an accident that killed one person will spend up to ten years in prison. 


Fatal Boat Crash.  Ottawa County deputies are investigating a suspected drunk boating crash that killed a Fruitport man. http://www.wwmt.com/sections/video/?videoId=29273969001&lineupId=&play=now

Brazilian drowns after Bartica boat capsizes
Stabroek News
By Stabroek staff | View Comments The life of a Brazilian miner was yesterday afternoon snuffed out following yet another boating accident in the Essequibo ...


Boating Death Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
WSHM-TV
By CBS 3 Springfield News The man accused of driving a power boat that struck and killed a 10-year-old Ludlow boy appeared in court Wednesday. ...


Man Drowns On Lake Hartwell While Working On Boat
News Channel 7
Emergency workers responded to the Green Pond boat ramp, off of Centerville Road, and pulled 49-year old Matthew Dransfield, of Six Mile, from the waters of ...


One man dies, one rescued from boat that sinks off Cape May
The Star-Ledger Thu, 23 Dec 2010 06:32 AM PST
USCG.milThe Coast Guard rescued a man from a boat that sank off Cape May this morning. Another man was found dead. CAPE MAY COUNTY â A man died when the 63-foot boat he was aboard sank in the Delaware Bay...


Other:

Minchin 'appalled' as court clears naval officer
The Age Tue, 21 Dec 2010 05:09 AM PST
Senator Nick Minchin has been 'shocked and appalled' by a court's decision to clear a naval officer involved with a boating joyride that led to the hospitalisation of his son, Oliver. 


Boater rescued after craft capsizes, sinks
Arkansas News Bureau Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:11 PM PST
CONWAY  A man who called for help from his cell phone after his boat sank in Lake Conway this morning was rescued. 


Small Boat Catches Fire Overnight Near Home On Valera Avenue In ...
By hlang84
CARRICK (KDKA) - Crews were called out to Carrick overnight where a small boat caught on fire. The boat was located near a home on Valera Avenue. Fire crews worked quickly to put out the flames. There were no injuries reported, ...
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Rescued after nine hours on a rockface
Stuff Thu, 23 Dec 2010 08:17 AM PST
Ginny Neale was perched precariously on a steep rockface for nine hours while being battered by waves after a boating accident in southern Fiordland.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

An excellent article in Forbes Magazine on Ethanol. There is an ad first then the article.


Biggest Battle Yet for Biofuels Begins

Dec. 20 2010 - 5:20 pm | 551 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments
A coalition of small-engine, automobile and boat manufacturers are challenging the U.S. EPA’s recent approval of a waiver that would allow use of E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol with regular gasoline,  in cars and light trucks manufactured in 2007 or later.

http://blogs.forbes.com/williampentland/2010/12/20/biggest-battle-yet-for-biofuels-begins/

Monday, December 20, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Tips:

Boating: Get emergency beacon if going out of sight of land
The News-Press Sat, 18 Dec 2010 22:21 PM PST
Perhaps you remember the NFL player who took a fishing trip with three friends in Florida Gulf coast waters


Deck the Hulls: Boating Safety Kit « Coast Guard Compass
Boaters are constantly in the market for new toys. Whistles, knives, personal marker lights, or a waterproof camera are all favorites. ...
coastguard.dodlive.mil/.../deck-the-hulls-boating-safety-kit/

Boating Safety:

Auto, boating industry groups launch legal assault on EPA ethanol waiver
The Hill (blog)
By Ben Geman - 12/20/10 10:36 AM ET A coalition of auto and boating industry trade groups is asking a federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection ...



Ohio boating fatalities spike, almost double this year
News-Herald.com
"They were found dead from exposure, sitting upright in the 111⁄2-foot plastic sailboat." Wisse said the Watercraft Division generally sees ups and downs in ...

Boater Education:

Boater education efforts on hold
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
"We think it's a good idea for speed limits and boater education," Witt said. "At this time we're not looking to move forward with it. ...

Missing:

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater
OregonLive.com
By James Mayer, The Oregonian The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a boater who went missing after the vessel he was on capsized in Willapa Bay,

Man missing after being knocked from sail boat
Brisbane Times
Water police are searching for a man who was knocked off a sailboat in Moreton Bay this afternoon. The 60-year-old was knocked into the water by the boom of ...

Fires:


'Gutted' about damaged jet-boat
Otago Daily Times Sun, 19 Dec 2010 08:14 AM PST
Boating enthusiast Tim McHutchon and Wanaka firefighters believe an electrical fault sparked a destructive boat fire on Saturday that also caused minor damage to the Matukituki River bridge, spread into nearby vegetation and destroyed the spare tyre of the towing vehicle. read more


Jet-boat being towed catches fire near Wanaka
Otago Daily Times
By Marjorie Cook on Mon, 20 Dec 2010 The remains of the jet-boat that caught fire near the Matukituki River bridge on Saturday. Photos by Marjorie Cook. .

Other:


Rescuers reach a sinking sailboat off St. Augustine; two boaters aboard
Florida Times-Union
By Matt Soergel Rescuers Sunday morning reached a sinking sailboat with two boaters aboard about nine miles southeast of St. Augustine. Just before 9:30 am, ..

Fisherman rescued after drifting for 3 days at sea
US News Las Vegas - Philippines Sun, 19 Dec 2010 07:48 AM PST
A foreign cargo vessel recovered alive a fisherman from Zambales off Cabra Island, the westernmost part of the Lubang group of islands in Occidental Mindoro Saturday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on sunday 


 All 11 Singaporean âkayakersâ found safe
US News Las Vegas - Philippines Sun, 19 Dec 2010 07:48 AM PST
All the 11 Singaporeans who were reported in distress at sea while kayaking in Batanes on Saturday night were all safe and accounted for, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Sunday 


Coast Guard helicopter rescues 5 from sinking boat off Alaska coast
CNN Sun, 19 Dec 2010 05:31 AM PST
A helicopter rescue crew airlifted five people from a sinking fishing boat off the Alaska coast, the Coast Guard said. 



Portland Fire crews find, rescue man from frigid Willamette River
KOIN News 6 Portland Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:04 PM PST
The crew of the Portland Fire & Rescue boat Eldon Trinity pulled a capsized boater out of the Willamette River Sunday. The rescued man, 29-year-old PSU student Djamdel Unkob, was very cold and in desperate straits before the boat crew rescued him. 


2 Canadians rescued from yacht off Wash. coast
KATU Portland Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:19 PM PST
Two men rescued from a sinking yacht off the northwest tip of Washington have mixed emotions, the Coast Guard said: "They're not happy about losing the boat, but happy to be back on land."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Coast Guard plans recreational boating safety survey
Examiner.com
The Coast Guard is planning to spend about $10.6 million for a multi-year national boating survey. Under law, the Coast Guard gets $5.5 million a year for ...
Boating Tips:

Look after each other on the water this summer
Scoop.co.nz Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:37 PM PST
Sticking to a safe speed, watching your wake and keeping a careful lookout are among the top boating tips to ensure a safe summer on the water, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). 


Shopping for safety for the boaters on your list
SILive.com
Give the gift of safety this Christmas to the boaters on your list. A global positioning system (GPS), emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) ..

Give the gift of safe boating with courses
Canada.com
Unsure of what to get the boating enthusiast for Christmas? How about giving the gift of boating safety and instruction. Cape Lazo Power & Sail Squadron is ..
Safety:

Police marine patrol unit to return after 20 years
Tampabay.com
It will be used primarily for enforcement and boater safety. Holloway said he doesn't plan to hire any new officers for the boat.

Grants support Coastâs public safety efforts
Coast Reporter Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:14 AM PST
Gibsonsâ Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Society have received $30,000 and $15,000 respectively in gaming grants targeting public safety.


 Boating deaths in Florida up 24 percent
Soundings Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:19 PM PST
There have been 76 boating fatalities in Florida this year, a 24 percent increase from 2009, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Coastguard closures criticised
BBC News Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:59 AM PST
A plan to leave Wales with one coastguard station "doesn't make sense" according to a Swansea yacht club commodore. 


Boat owners warned to stay safe
Gladstone Observer
Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue chief controller Jim Purcell is urging people to be prepared before taking the boat out over the holiday season. 

Boating For Recreation? Make Sure You Are Prepared
Boating has become a popular means of recreation for many Americans. Every summer, lakes, rivers, and coastlines are packed with watercraft of all types. Whether you plan to take a motorboat, sailboat, or canoe on the water, there are a ...
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 Despite big cuts, S.C. DNR hiring more officers to improve water safety
News 12 Augusta Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:54 PM PST
There was talk of implementing a boat speed limit and even mandatory training for boaters, but DNR says the best option to improve boater safety is to hire more officers. 


Safety first on Southern Ocean yacht race leg
Stuff Sat, 18 Dec 2010 08:03 AM PST
SOLO ROUND-THE-WORLD yachties have adopted a "safety first" approach as the Velux 5 Oceans race heads towards New Zealand


Boaters urged to use caution around whales
Maui News
Those do not include incidental contacts, such as a whale rubbing up against a stationary boat, he said this week. Most of the reports came from the .

Boater education efforts on hold
The Rock Hill Herald Sat, 18 Dec 2010 19:49 PM PST
South Carolina is not looking to add requirements for boater education or speed limits on state lakes, but does hope to add additional officers to patrol state lakes. 


Boating Safety Classes

Clay boating safety classes to be offered in 2011
Florida Times-Union
By My Clay Sun Registration is under way for free boating safety courses to be held in early 2011 in Green Cove Springs. The courses are sponsored jointly ...

Fatalities:

2 Polish brothers dead in Argentine yacht tragedy
The Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A yacht returning from Antarctica smashed into rocks during a powerful storm, killing a Polish sporting goods executive and ...

Charges reduced in fatal boat accident
Daytona Beach News-Journal Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:49 AM PST
A 43-year-old Sanford man was found guilty Friday of lesser offenses in a boating under the influence case stemming from a fatal crash on the St. Johns River, prosecutors said. 


32 dead after boat capsizes in Bangladesh - report
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- At least 32 people are dead and many more are missing after a passenger boat capsized on a river in northeastern Bangladesh, ...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater
KATU Portland Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:49 PM PST
The Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday for a boater who went missing after the vessel he was on capsized in Willapa Bay, Wash., south of Grays Harbor


 Missing:


Search for Missing Pyramid Lake Boater Turns to Recovery Mission
KOLO
The search for the missing Pyramid Lake boater has been suspended after rough waters make it impossible to continue with the search at this point. ..

Fires:

Three rescued from blazing yacht
Yachting Monthly
Three British yachtsmen abandoned their £85000 charter yacht for a liferaft when the boat caught fire on a flotilla sailing holiday in Greece. .

Other:

Skipper trapped in yacht's cabin
BBC News
Derek Johnson, 53, became trapped in the cabin of his yacht The Tern when it was thrown against the pier in Whitehaven early on Thursday. ...

Early Morning Sailboat Rescue
Bernews
Early this morning [Dec 16] the sailboat 'Summer Delight' was rescued after the person aboard made a distress call to the Bermuda Maritime Operation Centre ...

BC sailors rescued adrift off Costa Rica
CBC.ca
Two BC men never gave up hope after their sailboat sank off the coast of Costa Rica, leaving them adrift for three days on the Pacific Ocean in a tiny ...

Hunters rescued after boat sinks on Ohio
Tribune Review
By Matthew Santoni Pittsburgh River Rescue plucked a pair of would-be hunters from an island in the Ohio River this morning after the men's boat sank. ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Safety

VIDEO: Coast Guard urges mariners to use survival gear
The Bourne Courier Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:14 AM PST
Coast Guard officials are urging the recreational and commercial boating public to ensure they have appropriate survival gear on board as the winter season arrives. In the past week, three notable incidents have occurred that display the urgent need for vigilance while out at sea. 


Increased fatalities prompt FWC to reach out to boaters
Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:08 AM PST
With just a few weeks remaining in the year, 2010 has proved to be a tragic one for boating accidents. So far, there have been 76 boating fatalities, a 24-percent increase from this time last year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...


Increased fatalities prompt FWC to reach out to boaters
Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:08 AM PST
With just a few weeks remaining in the year, 2010 has proved to be a tragic one for boating accidents. So far, there have been 76 boating fatalities, a 24-percent increase from this time last year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation... 


Push for speed limits, boater training dropped
The State Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:09 PM PST
State natural resources officials are shelving plans to establish speed limits on lakes and mandate training for new boaters.Instead, the focus now is on adding 10 officers to start patrolling busy waterways next summer. 


 Caught in the chop: Town to crack down on boaters who pollute
Greenwich Citizen
Boaters who pollute the environment or miss deadlines for renewing local permits on their vessels could face stiff fines next year as part of a proposed ...


Education:

RYA to launch first fully interactive online training course
Royal Yachting Association Wed, 15 Dec 2010 02:37 AM PST
On Friday 07 January (15.00 stand A85) at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, held at Excel, London the RYA will be launching its brand new fully interactive online training course â Essential Navigation and Seamanship.


Fatalities:

Polish yacht grounded in Beagle channel with loss of two crew members
MercoPress
The bodies of two crew members from a Polish flagged yacht that grounded in the Beagle Channel, extreme south of Argentina, have been recovered by Argentine ...


Missing:

Santa Rosa business owner missing in San Francisco Bay
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By JULIE JOHNSON The man who disappeared Friday after falling from a sailboat into Richardson Bay has been identified at Casey Speed, proprietor of Hotei ..


Search for Missing Pyramid Lake Boater Turns to Recovery Mission
KOLO 8 Reno Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:06 PM PST
The search for the missing Pyramid Lake boater has been suspended after rough waters make it impossible to continue with the search at this point.

Other:

Coast Guard cutter aids crew of disabled Rota vessel
Saipan Tribune Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:12 AM PST
Crewmembers from Coast Guard cutter Assateague assisted four people aboard a disabled vessel in the vicinity of Rota Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam received a distress call around 5pm Sunday, from the Rota Department of Public Safety reporting a possible disabled vessel. 


Petaluma: Man pulled from river after kayak capsizes
San Jose Mercury News
A man in his mid 60s had capsized his kayak in the mud on the east shore of the river, and people nearby had used an aluminum boat to pull him from the mud, .