Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

 Labor Day is coming and it is a major boating holiday. People who own boats want to get out on the water before school starts and bad weather sets in.  Remember, safe boating is fun boating.  Don't Drink and operate a boat.  Use a designated driver who knows what they are doing.


Electric Shock Drowning:  This is a very real and very dangerous problem. The causes are boats and marinas that aren't wired correctly.  Unfortunately this isn't evident until someone gets zapped often resulting in death. If you have a boat with a 120 Volt AC electrical system, or if you moor your boat in a marine that has available shorepower for boats, this is a very real problem.  Boat owners need to insist that the marinas check fro stray currents in the water.  Never Swim In the Water at a Marina!

Electric Shock Drowning: A Hidden Danger In Fresh Water
Huffington Post (blog)
Kids, adults and pets have been dying and getting injured from ESD since the mid-1980's, but only boating magazines have addressed this very real threat. ...


Ten more safe boaters in S.E. Louisiana
By Jay Culotta
Ten more students became safe boaters after completing a boating class on Saturday, August 28, 2010. They now know more about safe boating than 95% of those on the water, including lifetime boaters who have never had a Safe Boating ...
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Officers will look for inebriated boaters this weekend
Lexington Dispatch
Officers are encouraging everyone to “Boat safe, boat sober” — or suffer the consequences. “We're going to have a pretty good presence out,” promised Sgt. ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary leader seeks to reduce boating deaths
By (Mike Trocchi)
"Nearly 75 percent of the 736 people who died in boating accidents in 2009 drowned and 84 percent of those victims reportedly were not wearing a life jacket," Vass said. "Our waterways should be fun, not places where you lose your life. ...
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Boaters urged to watch out for manatees
South Shore News and Tribune
With an upswing in boat traffic expected during the busy Labor Day weekend, the Save the Manatee Club is urging boaters to be extra vigilant, especially in ...

Oregon Officials Warn Boaters About Weekend Safety
(Salem, Oregon) – The Oregon State Marine Board reminds boaters to be cautious during what is one of the biggest boating weekends of the year, ..

MADD Canada To Bring Call 911 Message to Waterways
Marketwire Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:42 AM PDT
New signage will encourage boating community to call 911 if they suspect someone is operating their boat while impaired

Water Patrol urges safe boating practices over holiday weekend
Lee's Summit Journal
The Missouri State Water Patrol reminds boaters to take extra precautions and prepare for increased traffic on the water for the upcoming Labor Day weekend

ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, WeatherWEB EXTRA: Coast Guard ...
Only 10 percent of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction. Compared to 2008, the number of ...

Safe boating course begins on Sept. 13
Cape Gazette Tue, 31 Aug 2010 06:07 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Indian River Flotilla will be presenting a seven-week Boating Skills & Seamanship Course starting Monday, Sept. 13, at Shortâs Marine off Long Neck Road, Millsboro.


Missing fisherman found; death thought to be accidental
News 14 Carolina Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:46 AM PDT
The death of a Beaufort County man who disappeared while boating may have been an accident. Authorities said they found John Cunningham Sr. about 50 yards away from where his boat was discovered near Muddy Creek off the Pamlico River

Drunken boater convicted in death in Chesapeake
The Virginian-Pilot Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:00 PM PDT
CHESAPEAKE Best friends for a quarter-century. A typical weekend day spent on the water, boating and swimming and drinking. A horrifying nighttime crash into a channel marker, leaving one friend dead and the other in court Monday.


Boat Explosion in South Haven
FOX 17 Grand Rapids Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:09 AM PDT
One person had to be taken to hospitals due to her injuries, after a powerboat exploded Monday morning near the South Haven Yacht Club


Missing boater's body found
Detroit Free Press
By JOE ROSSITER The body of a 49-year-old Downriver man who went missing after the boat he was on capsized Friday afternoon in the Detroit River near Stony ...

Yacht towed to safety in gale
BBC News
Holyhead RNLI lifeboat braved gale-force winds and "horrendous" sea conditions to bring a yacht with four people on board back to port. ...

Coast Guard Rescues Boaters Off Point Reyes
CBS 5 Bay Area Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:55 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a distress call Sunday night from a stalled boat that had several injured people aboard, officials said. Four people were rescued from the boat about 12 miles south of Point Reyes and three were transferred to a hospital. 

FWC officer seriously injured in weekend boating accident
The Gainesville Sun Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:08 AM PDT
A state officer was seriously injured Saturday after falling from the boat he was driving while on duty and then being run over by the vessel. 

 Family has boating trouble on Indian Lake
WLUC Marquette Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:44 AM PDT
A Grand Rapids family was rescued this weekend after having boat trouble on Indian Lake Saturday afternoon 

Boat crash sends 1 to the hospital
The Palladium-Times Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:16 AM PDT
A boater was ticketed for boating under the influence (BUI) Saturday night after a watercraft crashed into the inner breakwall, leaving one person injured and a 13-year-old passenger shaken after narrowly escaping the sinking vessel. 

Another woman loses a finger in Cass Lake boating mishap
The Oakland Press Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:01 AM PDT
For the second time this month, a woman has lost a finger in a boating mishap on Cass Lake, and police say both incidents occurred aboard the same pontoon boat

Boating crash injures family
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Mon, 30 Aug 2010 02:36 AM PDT
Kevin Burns, 44; Trisha Zimmerman, 43; and their sons, ages 7 and 10, were injured Saturday after their boat hit a channel marker in the southern part of Irondequoit Bay.

Brooklyn Park man injured after boating accident
Brock Samborski, 22, was riding a jet ski when he was struck by another boat that was driven by a 26-year-old woman, also from Brooklyn Park. ...

3 divers need rescue in Keys as boat drifts away - State ...
Three divers needed rescue in the Florida Keys after their boat's anchor came loose and the vessel drifted away with three children on board. Homepage -

Five Taken To Hospitals After Boat Capsizes Near Navy Pier
(Chicago) -- Officials rescued five people after the boat they were in overturned close to Navy Pier late Saturday night. US Coast Guard officials say ...

Boat passenger hurt, driver charged with BWI in crash at Lido Beach
Newsday (subscription)
A woman was severely cut on her leg when a boat she was on crashed onto Nickerson Beach at Lido Beach early Tuesday, police said. Police said the boat ..

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Storms in Atlantic could still cause rough surf, rip currents
Cape Gazette Sat, 28 Aug 2010 07:34 AM PDT
The first major hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season is forecast to steer clear of the eastern United States, but Hurricane Danielle could still stir the surf and make for potentially dangerous swimming and rough boating conditions along Delaware's coast this weekend. 

Navigating contradictory OWI laws makes boating enforcement tricky
Appleton Post Crescent
said boater Buddy Wilson of Fond du Lac. "You see people out on the lakes tipping them back one after another. I'm surprised there aren't more boating ...

Laser pointers force Coast Guard chopper landings
CBS 47 Fresno Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:42 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) â Two Coast Guard helicopters have been forced to land in the past week after the pilots were flashed with laser pointers. A laser was aimed at a Coast Guard chopper flying over a popular beach Thursday night, forcing the pilot to make a precautionary landing at the Los Angeles International Airport. Another Coast Guard helicopter had to land Tuesday after being flashed with a ...

Fond du Lac Reporter Sun, 29 Aug 2010 02:32 AM PDT
Boating, fishing and other water sports are fun in their own right. Alcohol can turn a great day on the water into the tragedy of a lifetime. Consider these alternatives to using alcohol while afloat in order to avoid boating under the influence (BUI). Take along a variety of cool drinks, such as sodas, water, iced tea, lemonade or non-alcoholic beer. Bring plenty of food and snacks. Wear .


Flotilla 15-8 offering a boatload of safety courses
St. Petersburg Times Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:05 AM PDT
Times staff Saturday, August 28, 2010 HERNANDO BEACH Flotilla 15-8 is offering boating safety courses The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8, will offer the following courses: ⢠Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 26. This is the auxiliary's eight-week boating course that covers safety, navigation and rules, radio, weather, Florida law and other topics ...

Power Squadron offers adult boating classes
Mansfield News Journal Sat, 28 Aug 2010 04:17 AM PDT
MANSFIELD -- Mansfield Power Squadron again presents boating classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 to Nov. 17 at Madison Comprehensive High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School

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Boater education course: Class leading to the mandatory Oregon boater education card; 9:30 am- 4:30 pm Sept. 4; Fisherman's Marine and Outdoor, ...

Seamanship Course from Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron
The Capital Sun, 29 Aug 2010 06:55 AM PDT
This course will increase your knowledge base about safe operation of recreational boats, emphasizing higher level boating skills, rules of the road and marlinspike. Also provides the basis for completion of USCG licensing examination. 


Missing boater died of head trauma
The Tennessean
By Nicole Young • THE TENNESSEAN • August 28, 2010 Holly Nelson, missing for 10 days in Percy Priest Lake, didn't drown, the medical examiner's office says. ...

Alcohol, log cited in accident after body pulled from river
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sat, 28 Aug 2010 02:37 AM PDT
Alcohol and a wayward log each played a role in a boating accident on the Arkansas River that left one of two brothers dead, a Jefferson County official said Thursday. 

Family torn by father's death at hands of alleged drunk boater
Fond du Lac Reporter
By Colleen Kottke • The • August 29, 2010 HOLLAND, Mich. — Ronnie Richards thought she was finally moving on with her life ...

Windsor man dies in boating accident
The Globe and Mail Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:33 AM PDT
Police say man, 73, was not wearing a life-jacket 

Soldier drowns in Germany boating incident - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times
Army Times Sun, 29 Aug 2010 07:22 AM PDT
BERLIN  NATOs training school in southern Germany said Sunday that a 39-year-old U.S. soldier has died in a rafting accident. 

Man killed in boat collision at Buena Vista
Midway Driller
By Anonymous A man was killed in a boating accident at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area east of Taft Saturday. A second man has been arrested in ...


Fire breaks out on Argosy boat, no injuries
An 86-year-old, 110-foot tour boat has been damaged after a fire broke onboard early Saturday off the shore of Kirkland, Wash. ; The Associated Press ...


Search crews continue to look for missing boater
The Detroit News
Grosse Ile -- The US Coast Guard plans to use helicopters and lights throughout the night to look for a missing boater whose boat capsized near Grosse Ile .

Search underway for missing boater
Globe and Mail
28, 2010 11:26AM EDT A search is underway today for a missing boater on a remote lake north of Greater Sudbury. Provincial police say the boat was found ...


Captain of Brielle-based fishing vessel rescued off Mass. coast
Asbury Park Press
The captain, John Phillips, 41, deployed his life raft and was picked up by a 37-foot Gloucester-based sailboat, the Alambre, authorities said. ...

Father and son injured in boating accident
Atlantic FM
A father and son have been seriously injured after being thrown from their boat off Cornwall. They're in hospital with serious injuries after being thrown ...

 Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes in Gulf
Suncoast News
The Coast Guard rescued two men today after the boat they were in capsized roughly 30 miles west of Egmont Key. The agency received a distress call about ...

4 Injured in Irondequoit Bay Boating Accident
YNN Rochester Sun, 29 Aug 2010 08:55 AM PDT
The Coast Guard confirmed a boating accident Saturday night. Four people were rescued after a boat hit a channel marker. Monroe and Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulances were called to the Sea Breeze pier to help transport four victims, two adults and two children, to Strong Memorial Hospital. 

5 rescued after boat capsizes near Navy Pier
WICS Springfield Sun, 29 Aug 2010 08:13 AM PDT
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police say five people were rescued after a boat they were in hit a breakwater and capsized near Navy Pier. A U.S. Coast Guard public information officer says the 22-foot power boat hit the breakwater about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Another woman loses a finger in Cass Lake boating mishap
The Oakland Press Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:17 AM PDT
For the second time this month, a woman has lost a finger in a boating mishap on Cass Lake, with both incidents occurring aboard the same pontoon boat

Boat totaled in accident, passengers refuse medical attention
The Daily Mail Sun, 29 Aug 2010 06:48 AM PDT
HUDSON  A Hudson River boating accident left one man with a facial injury and a boat totaled near midnight Friday. 

Yacht towed to safety in gale
BBC News Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:55 AM PDT
Holyhead RNLI lifeboat braved gale-force winds and "horrendous" sea conditions to bring a yacht with four people on board back to port

WOMAN rescued from yacht after suffering head injury
Gazette News Sun, 29 Aug 2010 07:16 AM PDT
A WOMAN who hit her head while out at sea on her partners yacht had to be rescued by lifeguards and spent the night in hospital.

2 injured in Wantagh boating collision
Newsday (subscription)
Two people were injured Sunday afternoon in a collision of a powerboat and a personal watercraft in the bay off Wantagh, authorities said.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

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Marines fault Navy for crash that killed Capay native
The Daily Democrat Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:34 AM PDT
SAN DIEGO -- A Navy air traffic controller showed "fundamental misunderstandings" of the job before a collision between a Coast Guard plane and a Marine helicopter killed all nine aboard last year, according to a Marine Corps report released Wednesday. 

Labor Day weekend boating - Stay Alert and Safe on the Water
Savannah Morning News
“As always, conservation rangers will continue to strictly enforce all boating laws in an effort to keep everyone safe, but we also encourage people to pay ...

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Three lives saved by EPIRB
Yachting Monthly Fri, 27 Aug 2010 08:26 AM PDT
Falmouth Coastguard has rescued three crew from a French yacht in the Atlantic.

Boaters Warned of Low Water Levels
By Rusty Mizell Little Rock - Army Corps of Engineers officials are cautioning boaters to be careful due to low water levels on some Arkansas lakes.


Boater safety class set for Sept. 11
Pensacola News Journal
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-8, in partnership with the Milton Fire Department, will offer its premier boater safety class at 9 am Sept. 11.


Fisherman swept away on Fraser River
His friend jumped into the water to try and save him, but had to be pulled from the water himself by a nearby boater. Chilliwack Search and Rescue, ..

U.S. jury convicts former N.S man
Daily Gleaner Thu, 26 Aug 2010 02:15 AM PDT
A jury in Kentucky has convicted a physician of second-degree manslaughter in the boating death of his wife.


Missing boater found dead
The Springfield News-Leader Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:35 AM PDT
A Bates City man is dead after going missing during a fishing trip on Truman Lake. 

Empty Yacht Washes Ashore at Madeira Beach
The Ledger
Authorities are searching for the owner of an empty yacht that mysteriously washed ashore Wednesday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office got a call about ...

 Explanation for Pinellas mystery boat still eluding officials
PETERSBURG - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says it can't confirm the owner or the origin of the mystery boat that landed on Redington Beach on ...

Body of missing boater found in Percy Priest Lake
The Tennessean
The body of Holly Nelson was recovered Wednesday afternoon from Percy Priest Lake in the same area where she went missing after a day of boating on Aug. ...

Swimmer's Death Ruled Boat Accident
WSMV Nashville
The woman found dead on Percy Priest Lake on Wednesday died from being hit in the head by a boat propeller, the coroner said Friday. ...
Missing sailboat out of Portland is found
Press Herald
PORTLAND — The US Coast Guard said the crew of a sailboat that had been missing for nearly 24 hours was found tonight near the Cape Cod canal. ...


Strong winds spark yacht rescue
BBC News
Rescue crews were called to the Solent after strong winds blew the sail and mast off a family's yacht. The 30ft (9m) vessel, crewed by a couple and their ...

Local teenager rescued from Lake Champlain
Boston Globe
A man aboard a sailboat spotted Jeffken treading water and waving her hands about two miles from Juniper Island near Long Rock Point and told authorities he ...

Several boats capsize in Oswego Harbor, no one hurt
YNN Syracuse Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:52 AM PDT
A good ending for several people whose boats capsized on Lake Ontario this morning. The Coast Guard was called to the Oswego Harbor around 10:30 this morning. In all six sail boats were involved but when emergency crews arrived only one was capsized and all 11 people involved were on a boat. 

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Men In Tuscola County
WNEM TV 5 Mid-Michigan Thu, 26 Aug 2010 02:33 AM PDT
Three fishermen were rescued near the Quanicassee River by the U.S. Coast Guard after family members reported them missing early Thursday morning. 

Man injured in boating accident
WKYT Lexington Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:50 AM PDT
Witnesses say the man's legs hit the boat's propeller as he fell into the water. 

Kayakers charged with illegal boating after search in Auburn
NewsChannel 9 WSYR
They would not be found until 7:05 pm The 13-year-old was not identified because of her age. Meyers and Nash were both charged with illegally boating in the ..

Vessel sinks, fisherman rescued off Gloucester
Boston Globe Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:21 PM PDT
A fisherman was rescued by a passing boater yesterday after his boat sank quickly in the waters off Gloucester, the Coast Guard said yesterday. Coast Guard - Boat - Gloucester Massachusetts - United States - Gloucester