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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boaters: EPIRB devices are worth it
Central Florida News 13
By Angeeneh Adamian, Bay News 9 reporter When four boaters were stranded just off the shore from John's Pass, they used a small piece of equipment called an ...

Marine police urge boaters to be cautious
The Sand Mountain Reporter Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:10 AM PDT
With a number of waterway accidents this boating season, Alabama Marine Police Capt. John Clifton urges boaters to be extremely careful this summer. âThis may not be a highway with a center line, but there are rules of the road,â said Clifton. 

July Fourth is frenzied, dangerous
Detroit Free Press
BY BILL LAITNER and GINA DAMRON Hot weather combines with heavy alcohol consumption, big crowds engaged in boating and other water sports, jammed highways ...

Rangers ask boaters not to drink and drive
NBC Augusta
By Christine O'Donnell CLARKS HILL, SC – “Don't drink and drive,” that's the message law enforcement is sending to boaters on Lake

Rell christens new DEP boating safety & education patrol vessel
The Day Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:12 AM PDT
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today christened a new state boating safety education vessel, naming the 19-foot, zodiac-type boat Prudence in honor of the state heroine, Prudence Crandall, and to emphasize the 

Gov. signs boat speed limit bill
Laconia Citizen
By HARRISON HAAS Governor John Lynch has signed a bill that makes boat speed limits permanent on the state's largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee. ...

Boater Presumed Drowned In Columbia River
750 KXL
26-year-old Jordan Jaco vanished Friday afternoon in an inflatable raft near the Stevenson boat ramp. The Skamania County Sheriff's office says nobody saw ...

Boater Dies of Heart Attack After Capsizing
Today's TMJ4
By Jon Byman SHEBOYGAN - Authorities in Sheboygan say a fisherman died of a stress induced heart attack after the boat he and two other men were on capsized ...

Boat in distress off Gordon Pass has dead battery, dispatchers report
Naples Daily News Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:31 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a mayday call of a boat in distress 10 miles west of Gordon Pass in the Gulf, emergency dispatchers reported. 

Family rescued from Lake Winnebago during storm
Fond du Lac Reporter Sat, 26 Jun 2010 10:30 AM PDT
A Fond du Lac family was rescued early Saturday during a storm on Lake Winnebago. At approximately 1:30 a.m., the Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a 911 call from a boat in distress on Lake Winnebago. The 34-foot-long houseboat was taking on water after a large wave knocked out the bow window, according to a press release from the Fond du Lac County Sheriffs Department. The boat ...

An arrest and 3 rescued in Hudson River incidents
The Journal News Sun, 27 Jun 2010 10:34 AM PDT
A Bronx man was arrested by the Westchester County Police Marine Unit arrested a Bronx man on a boating while intoxicated charge Friday night near the Bear Mountain Bridge off Cortlandt. 

Fire destroys yacht formerly owned by Ivana Trump
Palm Beach Daily News Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:29 PM PDT
The yacht La Diva was completely destroyed in a fire Sunday morning at Rybovich Marina at 45th Street and Flagler Drive. 

';Operation Dry Water' In Effect On Area Waterways
WISC Madison
Rock County sheriffs are serving Operation Dry Water, a nationwide effort to curb drunk boating and to keep days on the water safe. Drunk boating is an

Man dies in Windsor boating accident
The Coloradoan
BY SARAH JANE KYLE • • June 27, 2010 WINDSOR - A man is dead after an accident while boating Saturday afternoon on James Lake in ...

Iowa teen trapped under pontoon boat, injured
Police in Clear Lake says the boy was hurt Saturday when the boat was landed in Ventura. They say rescuers from the Ventura Fire Department had to use ...

2 men rescued after boat capsized near Long Beach
Contra Costa Times
A passing boat used to ferry pilot captains to ocean liners encountered the capsized vessel at the Queens Gate just before 1 am and its crew rescued the two ...

Labrador boater's body found by father: RCMP
Three young men died after going over Muskrat Falls on Labrador's Churchill River in May. (CBC) Police in central Labrador have identified the college ...

2 people, cat rescued after boat runs aground off Branford
Middletown Press
By Mark Zaretsky, Journal Register News Service BRANFORD — Firefighters this morning rescued two people and their cat after a 41-foot-sailboat ran aground ...

Police Nab 4 Accused of Boating Under Influence
NBC Connecticut Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:48 AM PDT
Connecticut waters are a little drier after police say they busted four people accused of drunken boating. The state Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation made two arrests on the lower Connecticut River in Old Saybrook... Connecticut River - United States - Connecticut - Department of Environmental Protection - Old Saybrook Connecticut 

Three rescued from burning boat on lake - Hour after operator arrested for BUI
The Daily Post-Athenian Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:11 AM PDT
DECATUR - Officials arrested one man on a charge of boating under the influence Sunday night and soon afterwards three people were rescued from the water when the boat that had been operated by the man arrested caught on fire. 

Schooner: Building a wooden boat on Martha's Vineyard
Working Waterfront
While Rebecca's size is impressive, Nat Benjamin's afterword puts their boatbuilding into perspective: "The level of fulfillment is not a condition of the ...

Sailors crash sailboat into Angel Island rocks
San Francisco Examiner
SAN FRANCISCO — A pair of inexperienced sailors crashed their 30-foot sailboat into the Raccoon Strait rocks Monday afternoon after their motor conked out. ...

Family with baby rescued after raft flips in Bow River
Victoria Times Colonist Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:59 AM PDT
The river rafting season saw its first close call Sunday afternoon when a family of four floating on the Bow had a raft overturn in the cold water

Boating accident on Lake Monroe kills grandmother, grandson
Fox 59
A grandmother and grandson die after a boat toting a wakeboarder collides with their fishing boat. Monroe County, Ind. - UPDATE: We're starting to hear from ...

Man charged in boating accident
June 29, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A southwest suburban man is charged with boating under the influence after he crashed his boat into a break wall. ...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Thanks to Jane for another fine article about boating.

Rules of the “Road” for Boaters

Many accidents that occur on the water are collisions of boats or personal watercraft. Everyone who boats should understand the mechanics and rules of navigating boats, so that collisions can be avoided.

Rules of the "Road"

There are rules to be followed by everyone who operates vessels on the water, and the prime purpose is to avoid all collisions. Copies of the rules, adopted in 1972, are available either online, on the navigation home page on the Coast Guard website, and at most seminars for boating safety. There are separate rules for inland waterways and international waters. You need to be aware of boating safety rules so that the water is a safer place for everyone to sail.

Safety Tips for Boaters

You should always have a person on your boat who can act as a lookout. Many accidents could be avoided if boaters would assign someone to watch the waters for other boats. If you have radar on your boat, this will also be helpful in avoiding any possible collisions. Keeping safety in mind will keep you and all your passengers safe.

If you are driving a boat, you are probably on the starboard side of your vessel. The most likely zone of danger is in front of you and extends to roughly 22 degrees behind the starboard beam. A boat in your danger zone means that you need to be ready for evasive action. Always assume that the other boat has the right of way, even if it may not actually have it. Keep a close eye on the whole danger zone.

If your boat is powered, you should slow down whenever you enter an area that is congested. Traveling at safe speeds will give you the proper time needed to take prompt action, in order to avoid collisions. Keep the rules of navigation in mind at all times. Even during fun times with friends and family, safety is your primary concern.

If you are the boat operator pulling water toys such as water skis, wakeboards, or towable tubes, be sure you are in deeper waters, away from any obstacles such as docks or platforms, and out of traffic waterways. Riders should be wearing appropriate life jackets or personal flotation devices, and should know the hand signals for communication with the “spotter” on the boat.

When you operate boats, keep an interest in gaining more knowledge of boat safety and navigation. Many boaters these days rely on electronics and other equipment for guidance, but if you can navigate without the electronic helpers, you'll be ready for any contingency, and more independent as a driver.

Independent navigation of a boat allows you to chart your course properly and arrive at your destination using only nautical charts, a compass and your own common sense. Navigation courses online are aimed at teaching you ways to safely navigate, using methods from times long ago, before GPS and radar. A course in boat navigation will help to give you the insight and feel of a navigator more seasoned than yourself.

The Earth and Navigation

The earth is a sphere, which means that boat navigators will need more precise coordinates than those found on the simple x and y axis. The coordinate system used by boaters uses meridians and parallels, which make up a grid, allowing you to describe positions on earth by means of latitude and longitude. These measurements are very helpful in boat navigation.

Courses in boat navigation will divide the earth's hemispheres along the equator. Both the Western and Eastern hemispheres also needed a division, and that is found in Greenwich, which can be a bit confusing if you sail near Ireland, since it's in the Western hemisphere and the Netherlands are in the Eastern.

Boat navigation meridians converge at both the North and South poles, and parallels run immediately next to each other, and will never intersect. Earth's equator is the largest parallel line, and the meridians form two immense circles, as the parallels will form circles that are smaller. You can use this information when you are boating, to navigate from one position of latitude and longitude to another.

Electronic Navigational Aids

The GPS unit will show you where you are in terms of longitude and latitude, and will also show you how to get from your present location to the place you plan to go.

A chartplotter works with your GPS unit, to help in interpreting the GPS data and then plotting that data on Electronic Navigational Charts, also known as ENCs. Chartplotters also work with radar systems and Automatic Information Systems, or AIS. They will also show your direction, location and speed.

An autopilot will run your ship without help from you, steering or working the throttle. It is especially useful when you are on a long boat trip and you need some time to relax.

These aids, along with your experience at the helm, can help make boating safer for everyone on the water.

About the Author

Jane Warren is a water sports enthusiast who enjoys boating, scuba diving and swimming. Out of her love for watersports, she publishes the website This website provides information on water sports equipment including Airhead towable tubes, skis, wakeboards, kayaks and water trampolines. A popular towable is the Airhead Hot Shot water tube, which is great for 2 riders!

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety with Children - Child Safety Blog
By Marianne
The mission of this site is to be a central location where parents can go to find information about child safety. It is intended to be a starting point for parents interested in staying abreast of current child safety issues.
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Mich. may toughen law on drunken boating
LANSING, Mich., June 26 (UPI) -- Michigan is considering lowering the permissible alcohol level for boating to the .08 that is now the limit for drivers. ...

Coast Guard issues boater safety warning
The Daily Astorian
Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion ...

PennDOT,safety partners host DUI/BUI session June 28 in Scott Township
Times Leader Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:35 AM PDT
Over the July 4 holiday period in 2009, statewide, there were 427 alcohol- related crashes resulting in 17 fatalities. According to PennDOT, that marks a decrease from the 33 alcohol-related fatalities in 2008. Safety programs such as this continue to educate people of the dangers of driving and boating under the influence

State officials want boaters to stay sober
The Wenatchee World Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:57 AM PDT
EAST WENATCHEE â Rev up those boat engines. Just make sure this weekendâs boating fun isnât fueled by too much alcohol. Beginning today, the Douglas County Sheriffâs Office joins marine law enforcement agencies in a statewide campaign to arrest people operating boats while under the influence of alcohol, Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal announced Thursday. 

Boating enforcement crackdown this weekend
The Porterville Recorder Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:20 AM PDT
Tulare County will join a nationwide effort this weekend to enforce boating under the influence infractions. California boating law enforcement officers, as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water,...

MARYLAND: Md. police plan boating safety events
The Daily Times Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:58 AM PDT
ANNAPOLIS â Maryland Natural Resources Police are seeking to educate people about boating safety. 

Boaters without operator's card risk $250 fines
Jim Knowles has been administering the boater card exams in Kamloops for the last seven or so years. He said thousands here have taken the test but ...

Van Buren County Marine Division Makes OWI Boating Arrests
FOX 17 Grand Rapids Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:23 AM PDT
Boaters From Michigan & Illinois Are Jailed For Drunken Boating On Gravel & Scott Lakes The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department Marine Division arrested two boaters for operating while intoxicated on separate lakes Friday night. 

Use caution boating at night time
The Franklin County Times Sat, 26 Jun 2010 06:04 AM PDT
Is it too hot to fish? Not if you get out in the dark. On a recent early morning fishing trip I was able to spend some time out on the lake with out burning up by fishing from 2:30 am until 7:00 am.

Staten Island boating: What to do in an overboard emergency
Night boating is different and the shore lights can be confusing. Always have someone help you keep a sharp look-out for debris, buoy markers and other ...

Women: First boating safety course offered
Southeast Missourian (blog)
According to the US Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Statistics for 2008, lack of training is one of the top reasons for boating accidents across the ...

Planning to boat or raft this weekend? Read this first
If you're in a boat, you must have two items with you. People over the age of 12 need to have the life vests within reach but do not have to wear them. ...

Honoring local lifesavers
FOX30 / CBS47 Jacksonville Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:54 AM PDT
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Coast Guard Auxiliary members gathered in Jacksonville Beach Saturday to dedicate a memorial to honor local lifesavers. 

Man Speeding On Boat Assaults Conservation Officer
WMUR Manchester
The officers tried to stop the boat, but the NHFGD said when the driver saw the officers, he fled from the area. The officers tried to pursue the boat, ...

Lightning killing friend is 2nd strike crabber survived
Houston Chronicle
"He said, 'nobody's going to feel safe in a boat with me now.' " On Friday, Duff was still shaky from the experience. His wife spoke for him after his ...

EDISTO BEACH: Coast Guard Rescues Man from Sinking Sailboat
Edisto Beach, SC - The Coast Guard have rescued a 37-year-old man from a sinking sailboat off the coast of Edisto Beach early Friday morning. ...

Mt. Jackson man struck by speeding boat
Northern Virginia Daily
JACKSON -- When Mark Gentile took his sailboat out with a couple of passengers for a leisurely fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay on June 5, ...

Fisherman dies in boating accident off shores of Sheboygan Harbor
FOX 6 Milwaukee Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:50 AM PDT
One of three fishermen rescued from Lake Michigan Friday morning died at a nearby hospital. The boat the men had been in capsized off the shores of the Sheboygan Harbor. They were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard

Yacht fire deemed suspicious
CBC Nova Scotia Fri, 25 Jun 2010 06:32 AM PDT
Police in Cape Breton are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a yacht in Westmount, near Sydney

Trial under way for Missouri woman accused in fatal boating accident
(AP) — Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Poplar Bluff woman accused in a boating accident that killed two people and injured three others. ...

Boater was drunk when he hit club's racing shell, police say - From the Poughkeepsie Journal
Poughkeepsie Journal Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:00 PM PDT
Two women were hospitalized when a motorboat driver, accused of being drunk, plowed into their racing shell, a narrow boat carrying nine women rowers on the Hudson River

Coast Guard Rescues Man From West River
A boater reported the collision and held the man alongside his boat until a Coast Guard crew from Station Annapolis arrived. The man was stabilized aboard ...

Teen struck by boat dies
Dawson News and Advertiser
Two of the riders, including Howard, fell off the tube in front of another boater. Lavender said that boater - whose has not been released - managed to ...

Coast Guard rescues four people after boat takes on water
St. Petersburg Times Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:43 AM PDT
ST. PETERSBURG A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued four men Saturday morning after a recreational boat took on water 23 miles west of John's Pass. 

9-Year-Old Charlotte Boy Dies In Boating Accident
WSOC Charlotte
TEGA CAY, SC -- The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was investigating a boating accident on Lake Wylie at Tega Cay Beach Saturday. ...

Body of One Missing Boater Found: RCMP
Voice of the Common Man Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:17 PM PDT
The body of one of three young men who drowned after going over Muskrat Falls in Central Labrador has been found. RCMP Sgt. Boyd Merrill says the body was found Saturday, but would not release any further details. Water levels in the area hampered recovery efforts for some time. 

Boater Dies of Heart Attack After Capsizing
TMJ4 Milwaukee Sat, 26 Jun 2010 11:18 AM PDT
Authorities in Sheboygan say a fisherman died of a stress induced heart attack after the boat he and two other men were on capsized off Sheboygan Harbor Friday.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boater crackdown set for weekend
The Post and Courier Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:34 PM PDT
Expect to see more law enforcement officers on area waterways looking for drunk boaters this weekend. 

Police preview drunk boating crackdown
WRGB Albany Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:28 AM PDT
ALBANY -- They're calling it Operation Dry Water. From Friday through Sunday, State Park Police along with officers from agencies around the state will step up efforts to crack down on intoxicated boaters. 

FWC approves new rules to help keep boaters safe
Holmes County Times Advertiser
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to two boating rules at Thursday's meeting in Lake Mary. ...

MARYLAND: $5000 reward for hit-and-run speed boater
Delmarva Daily Times
ANNAPOLIS — Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward for information regarding who was responsible for a hit-and-run boating accident on June 5 near ...

Powerboat slams into sailboat in Bristol
By Bruce Burdett By Bruce Burdett BRISTOL — Two boats were badly damaged and several people were hurt when a motorboat slammed into a sailboat Wednesday ...

Families sue parasail operator over fatal accident Raleigh Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:01 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard is holding formal hearings into a parasailing accident that killed two women off Ocean Isle Beach last month.

Coast Guard Responds To Boat With 17 On Board
WPBF Palm Beach Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:55 AM PDT
A 911 call from 1 of 17 people on board a boat near the coast of Cape Canaveral prompted a Coast Guard rescue team to respond to the reported disabled vessel. 

Two women hospitalized after boating accident
Poughkeepsie Journal
Two women were hospitalized when an allegedly drunk motorboat driver plowed into a crew boat carrying nine women on the Hudson River. ...

One Injured in Boat Fire on Lake Michigan
MyFox Chicago
Three people were aboard the 26-foot boat, which caught fire about 4:40 pm in Lake Michigan near the filtration plant at 79th Street, according to Fire ..

Boat catches fire at Hayden Lake
KTVB HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho -- A fiberglass boat is at the bottom of Hayden Lake after catching fire Wednesday evening. Deputies from the Kootenai County ...

Boater reported missing on Yellowstone River
ABC Montana Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:01 AM PDT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) â Yellowstone County authorities are searching for a boater who was reported missing on the Yellowstone River. 

Drunk Boater With Child Located After 6-Hour Search
KAAL Austin Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:08 AM PDT
The Goodhue County Water Patrol searched for a drunken boater with his child on board for over six hours in Red Wing Sunday.

Missouri boaters escape explosion
Kansas City Star
The couple dove into the water and were picked up by a passing boater, the patrol said. The patrol's report did not include an explanation for the ...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

I just wanted to let you know that this BLOG has been featured in the article  entitled: 48 Beginners Boating Sites and Tips Pages at :

Ethanol-blended gas costs boater thousands of dollars in repairs
10 Connects
St. Petersburg, Florida - Summertime means more boaters are heading out on the water, and more of us are working on our yards. ...

Free safety checks are available for boaters
Daily News Journal Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:56 AM PDT
NASHVILLE â Boating season is underway and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among the agencies reminding boaters they could be safer with a free boat safety check. 

Ind. to crack down on drunken boating
The Indianapolis Star Tue, 22 Jun 2010 06:58 AM PDT
Indiana conservation officers will be on the lookout for drunken boaters this weekend. The Department of Natural Resources says the state is taking part in Operation Dry Water. Conservation officers will be paid overtime through a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard

Lee Sheriff's Office: âOperation Dry Waterâ
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin & Observer Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:16 AM PDT
Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit will join other local, state and federal law enforcement officers this weekend, June 25-27, for Operation Dry Water 2010, the second annual national crackdown on those Boating Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Crack Down On Impaired Boaters This Weekend
Pacific News Center
Guam - Boaters would do better to leave the cold beer at home - especially this weekend. Marine law enforcement officers will be out in full force June ...

Rash of Ala. boat accidents investigated
(AP) - Alabama Marine Police say they're concerned about the number of boat collisions on north Alabama lakes this year. A fisherman from Florence, ...

Reward for info in boating accident
Washington Post (blog)
A $5000 reward is being offered for information about the individual or individuals responsible for a hit-and-run boating accident that has left a Virginia ...

Maryland records fourth boating fatality of the season
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Search-and-rescue crews recovered the body of a Chestertown waterman this morning after his empty boat was found last night near his pound nets on the ...

Stay safe while on the water this summer
The Daily Home Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:07 PM PDT
Everyone should practice boater safety every time they go to the lake, but even more so during the holidays. This is the time of year when friends and family all want to gather in groups at the lake and really enjoy the water. 

Diabetic Emergency Turns Into Boat Rescue
On Saturday at 9:09 pm, a Jersey Street resident reported that her family member was out on his sailboat and had dropped his son off at 4:30 that afternoon. ..

Teen critical after boating incident on lake
Forsyth County News Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:20 AM PDT
DAWSONVILLE -- A 15-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday, authorities said, two days after she was struck by a boat near Nix Bridge Park on Lake Lanier

Man Sentenced for Boating Death
WOWT Omaha Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:00 AM PDT
A Waterloo man has been sentenced after he was found guilty of manslaughter. Todd Spangler was driving a boat drunk last June, when he crashed, killing his wife's best friend.

Chickamauga Boating Accident Kills Two
WCYB 5 Tri-Cities Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:52 AM PDT
An Elizabethton, Tennessee man has died as a result of a boating accident on Chickamauga Lake near Chattanooga

19 feared dead in Saryu boat capsize
Lucknow One person died and 19 have gone missing after their boat, carrying 35 people, capsized in Saryu river in Bahraich's Kairighat on Tuesday. ...

Boater charged after crash
Chatham Daily News Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:18 PM PDT
A Dover Centre man faces a charge of dangerous operation of a vessel after a weekend crash on Lake St. Clair. On Sunday, it is alleged a larger boat crashed into the stern of a smaller one that was anchored. The two occupants were reportedly forced to jump, but were uninjured, said Lambton OPP.[..

Jet Ski Accident Sends 2 To Erlanger With Injuries
The Chattanoogan Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:35 PM PDT
A jet ski accident on Tuesday evening sent to women to the hospital. A boater called 911 at 7:50 p.m., reporting his wife and daughter were injured from a jet ski accident located at the Chester Frost Boat Ramp area. 

Yacht rescue off Alderney after engine failure
BBC News
A yacht suffering from engine failure was rescued by Alderney's relief Trent class lifeboat on Tuesday. Two people were on board the 33ft yacht when it ...

Essex Police/Fire: Sailboat runs aground in Ipswich
Gloucester Daily Times
..aground in Ipswich, When the Coast Guard craft arrived, they established radio contact with the sailboat operator, and asked if he needed assistance.  

Man dies on Dowd Chute raft trip
Vail Daily Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:18 PM PDT
Lakota Guides safety kayaker Megan Smith, right, gets a comforting hug from her boyfriend, Jakub Nemic, after she was the first person to get to the body of a rafter who died while rafting Dowd Chute Wednesday on the Eagle River. 

Boating dream turns to nightmare
Toronto Sun
By BOB BOUGHNER, QMI Agency MITCHELL'S BAY, Ont. - A young Chatham, Ont. couple feel lucky to be alive following a harrowing boating mishap on Lake St.

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Kootenai County Search & Rescue responders pulled the body of a drowning victim out of the Spokane River in Post Falls early Thursday morning. Officials say the man was a Kootenai County resident in his 20s who was out for a canoe ride with his friend early in the morning. The two put their canoe in at Corbin Park around 4'45 a.m. They planned to get out of the river at ...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Accidents prompt boating safety messages
Inland Empire News
Annual statistics just released suggest that fewer California boaters took to the water last year primarily because of the declining economy. ...

Milwaukee Police patrol waters ensuring boater safety
FOX 6 Milwaukee Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:50 PM PDT
The Milwaukee Police Department Marine Operations Unit patrols Milwaukee's three rivers and 11 square miles of Lake Michigan. They're the patrol combing the waterways looking for obvious boating violations. 

State readies drunken-boater crackdown
The Columbus Dispatch Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:48 PM PDT
In the second-annual Operation Dry Water - a national campaign - additional marine officers will be out next weekend to remind boaters that driving drunk on the water is no different from driving drunk on roads. 

In brief: Sheriff urges safety on river - Sat, 19 Jun 2010 PST
The Spokesman-Review Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:02 AM PDT
SPOKANE RIVER  The Spokane County Sheriffs Office marine patrol is reminding local water recreationists that the Spokane River is still running high, and cold water temperatures can pose a risk to anyone who is on the water without the proper equipment or skills. Hypothermia becomes a risk in any water less than 70 degrees and can cause an otherwise capable boater or swimmer to become weak and ... 

Deputy sheriff injured during boat patrol
Washington Post (blog)
A deputy sheriff in Spotsylvania County, Va., was fatally injured Saturday while on patrol in a boat in Lake Anna, the sheriff's office said. ...

Two rescued after boat takes on water
Duluth News Tribune
Two people were rescued Friday afternoon after their boat started taking on water about five miles east of the Superior entry, US Coast Guard officials said ...

Fatal Boat Accident
Two boats crashed into one another on Wilson Lake this past Friday night. The accident took place near the Fleet Harbor boat ramp by Wilson Dam. ...

Boat Capsized in Sale Creek
A boat full of people has capsized in Sale Creek. We have crews on the scene and there is a report that someone has drowned. TWRA is investigating. ..

Fisherman dies after boat capsizes in Utah Lake
When state park boats arrived, Turner was floating face down in the water. Officials administered CPR but could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at ...

1 drowns, 1 missing in boating mishap
Chattanooga Times Free Press Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:25 AM PDT
A boat in Grasshopper Creek near Sale Creek capsized Saturday after it was hit by a commercial vessel and one of its passengers drowned, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

2 Charged With BWI After 1 Boat Capsized
Long Island Press Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:24 AM PDT
Two people were arrested for boating while intoxicated after the boats they were operating crashed into each other, causing one of the boats to capsize and sending five people overboard into the Great South Bay in Amityville early Saturday, Suffolk County police said. Katherine Martin was operating a 17-foot Boston Whaler when she crashed with an [...]

Lake Buchanan boater missing
Austin News
A nearby boater approached the area to assist, but there was no trace of the man at that point. The man was not wearing a life jacket. ...

Whale strike disables yacht
The New Zealand Herald Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:41 AM PDT
Four people are recovering after their yacht collided with a whale off the Kaikoura coast on Friday.A Coastguard vessel rescued the group after they activated the emergency beacon and used cellphones to call for help.The Coastguard...

3 kayakers rescued from San Francisco Bay
Shortly afterwards, a woman by herself on a sailboat called the "Abracadabra" reported to the US Coast Guard that there was a person in the water. ...

Lightning Hits Boat On Thomas Creek; 3 Hurt
WJXT Jacksonville
Jacksonville Fire Rescue said three people were rushed to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center on Sunday after their boat was struck by lightning.

Men escape as boat explodes
Ledger Independent
ABERDEEN, Ohio -- A man and his grandson escaped serious injuries Sunday when their boat exploded on the Ohio River near the Aberdeen River Park, ...

Barge Collides with Boat Possibly Killing Two
That's when witnesses say a tug boat carrying 9 barges came through and collided with the boat. They were able to rescue Wilkey's nephew David, ...

Boater slams into Sarnia Bay seawall
Sarnia Observer Sun, 20 Jun 2010 12:24 PM PDT
SHAWN JEFFORDS The Observer Sarnia police are investigating a boating accident on the city's waterfront. Late Saturday night a boater smashed his pleasure craft into the seawall in Sarnia Bay near Centennial Park.[..

Teen in critical condition after boating accident
The Gainesville Times Mon, 21 Jun 2010 11:01 AM PDT
A 15-year-old metropolitan Atlanta girl was airlifted in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon after being hit by a boat near Nix Bridge Park. 

1 dead, several injuries in jet ski, boat crash
Chicago Tribune
AP One person was killed and several others were injured when a boat and jet ski collided on Lake Wisconsin near Lodi (LOH'-deye). ...

Naples water-skier died after striking boat in Estero
The News-Press
By MARK S. KRZOS • • June 21, 2010 2:45 PM — Naples water-skier Danny Michalik, 19, died after slamming into a boat at Miromar ...