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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety:

Harbor Emergency Response Clarified
KITV Honolulu
Do I feel protected as a boater absolutely not, Hopefully, he makes change,” said Bartch. Young hopes to raise the bar among state law enforcement officers. ...

Police advise against going in Potomac
Washington Examiner
Sgt. Art Windemuth of the Natural Resources Police says there's too much debris in the river and the water is moving too fast for swimming, boating, ...

Boater Education 

SAFETY: Power Squadron to hold boating class
The Daily Times Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:25 AM PDT
SALISBURY â The Salisbury Power Squadron will hold its annual Safe Boating Classes beginning Oct. 7 at Gander Mountain on N. Salisbury Boulevard. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bible school kids learn about fishing and safety
ESPN Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:45 AM PDT
West Virginia BASS Federation Nation (WVBFN) volunteers taught 40 Bible school students about fish and fishing, as well as boating and water safety this summer.

Boating Fatalities: 

Man who died in Itasca County boating accident identified
Duluth News Tribune
The Itasca County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of an early-morning boating accident. The Itasca County Sheriff's Office has identified the ...

Boating accident claims life of Region 8 man
Around 2:30 pm the sheriff's department, along with the Biggers Reyno Fire Department, was called to the scene of a boating accident. ...

Edgewater boater arrested after tussle with police
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Natural Resources Police say they received a call Monday afternoon that a sailboat was overturned on the South River with a man clinging to the side. ...

Mo. man dies in Ark. boating accident
WXVT 15 Greenville Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:15 AM PDT
POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - Randolph County authorities say a Missouri man has died in a boating accident on the Current River. Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble told The Jonesboro Sun that 75-year-old Hoard Jackson of Doniphan died in the accident Tuesday.

Boating Accidents: missing;

Summit boater missing, presumed drowned
Corvallis Gazette Times
Searchers looked for the missing boater until midnight. United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer responded and assisted in the search and ...

Boating Accidents: other

YouReporter photo: Boat rams East Ocean Avenue Bridge in Boynton Beach
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run accident involving a boater. WPTV YouReporter Linda Lee snapped a photo of the scene ...

Boating accident on Lake Minnetonka sends 4 to hospital
KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:16 AM PDT
Six people were on the boat at the time of the accident, which occurred at about 6 p.m., and four suffered minor injuries.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


No-Wake Zone expansion along Anclote River could save lives
ABC Action News
And if you need more proof, consider that just six weeks ago, an expereinced boater --and former Tarpon Springs City Commissioner Michael Billiris was ..

 Life jackets key to survival
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:06 PM PDT
In the seven fatal boating-related accidents this season, there was one common factor: Those who died were not wearing life-saving flotation devices.

12 indicted as part of Southwest Florida boat theft ring
Wink News
ICE Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge in Tampa Susan McCormick said, "Community boat owners should be able to enjoy the Florida ...

Dog 'steers' ship to shore after owner goes overboard
By Brian Hamacher and Todd Wright A pooch that became stranded at sea on a boat after his owner fell off the side made it safely to shore in Pompano Beach ...


Boating safety classes to be held at DMACC
The Des Moines Register Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:01 AM PDT
The Des Moines Sail and Power Squadron will hold boating safety classes on five consecutive Tuesday evenings Oct. 5 to Nov. 2 at Des Moines Area Community College, Building 20, Room 8, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. The classes will cover boat handling, piloting skills, navigational charts and adverse conditions. The course is approved by the state of Iowa and the National Association of State ..

Louisiana-required boating safety course offered three times in October
Louisiana Sportsman
Instructors from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 42 (Northlake) will conduct three "About Boating Safely" courses in October that satisfy the new law ...

Boater's seminar on weather forecasting set for Ocean Pines library
Delaware Coast Press Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:25 PM PDT
OCEAN PINES A seminar that teaches boaters about weather forecasting â knowledge that could save a life â is scheduled in Ocean Pines in mid October.


Driver dies in Puget Sound at Des Moines boat ramp
Seattle Times
A vehicle rolled into Puget Sound at a boat ramp in Des Moines about 2 am Monday, and divers recovered the driver's body about a half hour later. ...


Man missing after boat capsizes near Waldport
A boat capsized in the mouth of the Alsea River and a kayaker managed to rescue a woman from the tumultuous water, but her husband slipped away. ...


Sailor airlifted after lifeboat rescue off Lepe
Daily Echo
HAMBLE Lifeboat went to the aid of a crewmember on a yacht who was knocked unconscious after being struck by the mainsheets. The casualty was on board the ...

Cowes Lifeboat in River Rescue of Man on Leaking Yacht
Ventnor Blog (blog)
Cowes RNLI lifeboat was dispatched Saturday morning after a large wooden yacht with a man on board was reported sinking in the River Medina, ...

Sailboat mast crashes down; passengers rescued
Seattle Times
The mainmast of the historic schooner Zodiac splintered and crashed into the water Saturday off Lummi Island, but none of the crew or passengers were ...

Catamaran capsizes; Two sailors rescued
The sailboat capsized at about 6:30 pm, when gusts from the northeast tipped the boat over, said Peter Seiler, a Coast Guard machinery technician. ..

Stranded Jet Skiers Rescued In Sacramento Delta
CBS 5 Bay Area Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:36 AM PDT
Two jet skiers were rescued from Frankâs Tract in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta early Monday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Three men injured in boat crash on Columbia River near Clatskanie
View full sizeCourtesy of Columbia County Sheriff's OfficeA day after Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a boating crash on the Columbia ...

Water Taxi crash: Update on boat damage, West Seattle service
West Seattle Blog (blog)
It will take several more days or possibly weeks to determine whether there is more serious hidden structural damage that can't be seen until the boat is ...

Charge: Owner behind in payments burned his boat
Seattle Post Intelligencer
By LEVI PULKKINEN A Christmas Day boat fire at a publicly owned Vashon Island dock was an arson set by a boat owner behind in his payments, ...

Boat partially submerged in Caloosahatchee
ABC 7 Gulfshore News Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:34 PM PDT
LEE COUNTY : A Lee County boater had a close call Monday afternoon. Dave Peterson was on the Caloosahatchee when he realized his boat was sinking.

Forest Lake Fire Department air boat crashes during Owatonna water rescue
St. Croix Valley Press
A Forest Lake Fire Department Air boat filled with water and crashed into a fence after its crew attempted to rescue an intoxicated man trapped in a flooded ...

Man gets 40 years for BUI manslaughter
A Destin man has been sentenced to just more than 40 years in prison for a drunken boat crash that left three people dead. An Okaloosa County judge ...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

From Ericka Watson, your Guide to Powerboating

Boat Tips: Get an EPIRB or PLB
It's been awhile since I last wrote about Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), so in today's Boat Tips, I am going to spend a... Read more
Boat Tips: Caring For Your Boat's Gelcoat
The gelcoat of your boat is the outer skin that has glossy color. When the gelcoat becomes oxidized, the color fades and there may even be a chalky residue. As... Read more
Boat Tips: Boat Winterization Resources
It's that time again - the end of the boating season and time to begin long-delayed maintenance projects. To maintain the life of your boat's drive system, winterizing the engine... Read more
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September 27, 2010
Dear BoatU.S. Member,
We need your help. If you believe in "science first," now is the time to urge President Obama to require the federal EPA to understand the effects of higher blends of ethanol before allowing it into our country's gasoline supply.
Time is critical. Last year, a record number of boaters asked EPA to test marine engines before allowing up to 15% (E15) ethanol in gasoline. This testing has not been completed. Now, in late September or early October, EPA is getting ready to announce their decision. We expect they will allow E15 for some engines and not others. This will create different fuels with different availability, prices, and a lot of consumer confusion.
BoatU.S. appreciates and embraces the need to diversify our country's fuel and energy sources. However, we are concerned that EPA may put the "cart before the horse" by granting increased ethanol before we know what it will do in our marine engines. Many boaters, having suffered through the last ethanol transition, agree that we should learn from this recent history, and completely understand what the new fuel will do before approving its use in boats. It may turn out to be harmless, but what if it's not? Shouldn't we wait for the facts before making the decision?
Please help today. Click here and let President Obama know your concerns about ethanol and ask him to get the science first, before giving EPA the approval for more ethanol in your gasoline.
Many thanks,
Margaret Podlich
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Girl's death sparks rethink of boating laws
New Zealand Herald
A coroner is considering whether to back calls for tougher boating laws in the wake of a horror death on Lake Taupo. Nine-year-old Genevieve Lewis died ...

DNR warns boaters about conditions on Lake Arbutus
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters about conditions on Lake Arbutus and with the Hatfield Dam. ...

Boaters say popular spot is another "accident waiting to happen"
10 Connects
Spend any time there on the weekend and it's easy to see the narrow channel by Anclote River Park becomes a space for boaters to show their speed, ...

Life jackets key to survival
All three were wearing life jackets and were able to stay afloat until they were rescued by a good Samaritan boater, Cleversey said. ...

Zero boating fatalities in Nevada for 2010 season
Lake Tahoe News Sun, 26 Sep 2010 02:06 AM PDT
By Reno Gazette-Journal For the first time in 18 years, the Nevada Department of Wildlife reports no fatal boat accidents on Nevadaâs waters. âThe boating season draws to its traditional September close in the next couple weeks and this is great news â no fatalities in Nevadaâs boating community,â David Pfiffner, Nevadaâs boating law administrator, said in [...]

 Boating: Getting boat in, out of water is a chore
The News-Press
Now, we will cover the proper way to launch your boat. I have watched many longtime captains with envy at how simple it is for them to put their boat into ...

Coast Guard to start work on $13 million boat station in Cape May
Press of Atlantic City
CAPE MAY--The US Coast Guard will break ground Monday on a new $13 million small boat station here. The Coast Guard's current boat station is over 50 years ...


Learn boating safety at 8-hour course from Coast Guard
Coos Bay World
The course covers boating safety, rules of the road and Oregon boating laws. A test will be given at the end of the course, and if passed, boaters will ...

Boater killed on Lake Champlain
Adirondack Daily Enterprise Fri, 24 Sep 2010 08:18 AM PDT
CROWN POINT (AP) - Authorities say one man was killed and another seriously injured in a boating accident on Lake Champlain. The men were thrown overboard from a bass fishing boat that went out of control near Crown Point on Thursday afternoon and then run over by the boat.


Coast Guard searches Ore. coast for missing boater
The Columbian
The two boaters were initially pulled from the water by a kayaker at around 7:30 pm Friday. But the kayak flipped over and all three were tossed into the ...


Current Boater, Former President Bush Runs Aground on Beach
The Log Newspaper
KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Former President George HW Bush's fishing boat ended up high and dry on a beach near his Maine summer home, after running aground ...

2 rescued by passing vessel in RI waters
Boston Globe
PORTSMOUTH, RI—The Coast Guard says a passing vessel rescued two people from the waters off Portsmouth after engine failure on their boat prompted them to ...

Boating Accident Under Investigation
FOX 12 Oregon Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:59 AM PDT
CLATSKANIE, Ore. -- Columbia County deputies are investigating a boating accident on the Columbia River. It happened at 10:30 Saturday night in the area of Erickson Dike Road in Clatskanie.

2 hurt in Everglades airboat crash
AP Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue says the crash happened around 5:30 pm Saturday, just north of the Miami-Dade County line, when the boat collided with a tree ...

Sail boat mast collapses, injuring 2
Two people were injured Saturday when a mast collapsed on a large sail boat and hit them. (View photos >>>) One passenger suffered a concussion and the ...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Deficit Hawks Threaten Ethanol's Future
One boater's opinion might not matter, except that Sensenbrenner happens to be the top Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and ...

E15 would seriously harm boats and marine engine
The Hill
A broken-down car on the side of the road is one thing; a boat stranded at sea is an entirely different matter. We also know that higher-level ethanol ...

Auxiliary volunteers move into leadership positions
Nanaimo News Bulletin Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:10 AM PDT
Two of Nanaimos Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers are moving into regional leadership roles. 

Charlotte Harbor boat checks planned for weekend
The News-Press
All three agencies are working together to conduct boat safety inspections; look for reckless boaters, and check boaters under the influence of alcohol or ...

Don't neglect boat trailers in offseason
The Star-Ledger - (blog)
Leaves and needles can stain covers and the boat and block the boat's drain holes. A boat on a trailer is an easy target for thieves. If you leave the boat ...

BUI checks planned this weekend
Gasparilla Gazette Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:04 AM PDT
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Marine Unit deputies, along with the Florida Wildlife Commission and Department of Environmental Protection, will conduct boating safety operations on Charlotte Harbor this weekend.


Sign up now for boater safety course at BIC
Eastern Shore News Wed, 22 Sep 2010 01:42 AM PDT
MACHIPONGO -- The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02 will be teaching a boat safety course on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9-1 p.m. at the Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo. 

In the Wake: Discover Boating
Flotilla Commander Diane Riggan wants you to know that, “when we take a radio call from a boater in trouble the vague information they call in with is ...

New Online Boater Education Courses Availible
WFN: World Fishing Network
Iowans now have options when it comes to taking boater education courses. On Sept. 10, the Iowa Department of Natural Resource began offering three new ...

U.S. Coast Guard Captain's School Returning to Chattanooga Second Annual Chattanooga Area Captains School 2010.
The Chattanoogan Thu, 23 Sep 2010 07:06 AM PDT
TrueCourse Captains School is returning to Chattanooga for the second year to provide training and testing for boaters to obtain a U.S. Coast Guard's Captain's License. 

Fall Boating Courses Registration
Belleville Intelligencer
Sail - The Sailing course provides the knowledge required to operate a sailboat safely. Fundamentals of Weather - This course covers many aspects of the ...


1 dead, 1 injured in boating accident on Lake Champlain
They were thrown overboard and then run over by the boat. Other boaters pulled the men from the water. One man died of his injuries. ...

 Sailboat owner found dead during ocean search
The Beverly Hills Courier
A man found in the Pacific Ocean during a search for the owner of the beached sailboat "Seeya' was pronounced dead at a hospital, a coroner's investigator ...

Girl's father charged in fatal boating accident
Carmi Times
By Anonymous HILLSBORO, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed felony charges against a Jerseyville father who was at the helm of a boat when it killed his .


Boat fire injures one; faulty propane heater cited
Port Townsend Leader
Firefighters soon extinguished the flames, which caused minor damage to the boat. The injured man was assisted by local boatbuilder Tom George before EJFR ..

Missing boater found 'disoriented, dehydrated' after 7-hour search
Savannah Morning News Wed, 22 Sep 2010 04:44 AM PDT
SAFETY SUMMARY SPRINGFIELD - A Savannah man reported to have fallen from a boat Saturday in Effingham County was found Sunday by Effingham County sheriff's deputies. Deputies began searching for Joseph Hodges, 36, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, after receiving a report of a missing boater, Effingham County sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. Hodges and boat passenger, Scott Jenkins, were in a ... 

Island man charged with arson for Christmas Day fire on his sailboat
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
By LESLIE BROWN Islander Lyman Houghton has been charged with first-degree arson for a Christmas Day fire on his 31-foot sailboat at the Dockton Marina last ...

Sailor fined $3500 for not reporting to customs
A charge of failing to report goods — a $90000 sailboat he'd purchased in the United States — was withdrawn by the Crown. "Most international travellers ...

Eden Prairie man acquitted in Cass Lake boat crash case
Bemidji Pioneer
The case related to a boating accident Aug. 9, 2009, on Cass Lake. A family and friends were traveling in a Starcraft motorboat to Stony Point for supper, ...

Man jailed for setting boss's boat on fire
By RACHANEE SRISAVASDI SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man was sentenced to 270 days in jail Thursday after admitting to setting his boss's boat on fire after being ...

Boater collides with Huron fire boat
The Sandusky Register Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:10 PM PDT
A Huron boater battling the wind while docking at the Huron Boat Basin ended up colliding with a Huron fire boat, a police report said. The man told police the wind pushed his boat near the basin, but he didn't notice his boat strike the fire boat. Huron fire officials found damage on the fire boat, which was gouged in two places with fiberglass torn away. By date (default) read more 

Missing Redondo Beach Boater Found After Hours in the Water
KTLA-TV Los Angeles Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:09 PM PDT
REDONDO BEACH-- A missing boater was found in the water hours after his boat washed ashore and a search was launched to find him

Stranded yacht rescued by lifeboat crew
This is Hampshire Fri, 24 Sep 2010 02:10 AM PDT
A LIFEBOAT went to the aid of two people stranded aboard a yacht that was caught on a navigation post. 

Man found after sailboat washes up near Redondo pier
Daily Breeze
A Coast Guard crew located a man believed to be the sole occupant and owner of a sailboat that beached Thursday near the Redondo Beach pier, said Redondo ..


Authorities search for boater missing off Gasparilla Island
The Tampa Tribune Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:35 PM PDT
Authorities are searching for a missing boater off the Gulf coast's Gasparilla Island

Mystery of missing sailor as dinghy found on shore
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Sandy McCook An experienced sailor was missing, feared dead, last night after his empty yacht was found moored in a Highland bay. ...

Two Missing After Sailboat Overturns in Guimaras
Manila Bulletin
The said station will continue its SAR operations and advised all vessels passing the said areas to render assistance to the sailboat and the persons ...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Nevada boaters' luck holds this season
The Record-Courier
State officials are saying luck is partially responsible for the first season in 18 years with no fatal boat accidents in Nevada waters. ...

Note on ethanol in gas
The Star-Ledger - (blog)
What You Can Do to Help: The ethanol issue has and will continue to have a large impact on the boating community and we need your help to spread the word. ...

Family donates life vests
Stockton Record
It was the slightest oversight on the part of the experienced boater, who had lived on the water for 14 years after his retirement. ...

Prosecutor seeks stiffer drinking, boating law
Montgomery Advertiser Wed, 22 Sep 2010 02:18 AM PDT
An arrest last week involving a fatal Labor Day weekend boating accident on Lake Martin once again has District Attorney Randall Houston calling for stiffer boating under the influence laws. 

MEMA hurricane safety tips for boat owners
Saugus Advertiser
By Staff reports “As you are a boat owner, you know that preparing your boat for a hurricane is just as important as preparing your home,” said ...


Sign up now for boater safety course at BIC
Delmarva Daily Times
The course is designed for the average boater and will cover such topics as: the various types and features of boats; trailering, safe fueling and basic ...

Water safety classes offered thru Boat Oklahoma
The Express-Star Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:38 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary plans a free, one day training program designed to appeal to anglers, personal water craft operators, hunters and paddle boaters, according to a news release from Linda J. Sadler, flotilla commander of the  USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-06 based in Oklahoma City. 


Two local retired firefighters drown
The Marquette County Sheriff's office released the names of the victims in that boating incident near Little Presque Isle Sunday. ...

DEXTER: DHS student's death still under investigation
The Dexter Leader Wed, 22 Sep 2010 04:57 AM PDT
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment law enforcement division said that itâs still too early to tell what happened in a boating accident Sept. 5 that took the life of Dexter High School student Nick King. 

Cleveland Man Dies in West Va. Rafting Accident
WTVC Chattanooga Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:09 PM PDT
Searchers have recovered the body of a Tennessee man who fell out of his raft on the Gauley River in southern West Virginia

Prosecutor seeks stiffer drinking, boating law
Montgomery Advertiser
By Marty Roney • September 22, 2010 An arrest last week involving a fatal Labor Day weekend boating accident on Lake Martin once again has District Attorney ...


Yacht in Forth rescue drama
Edinburgh Evening News Tue, 21 Sep 2010 01:45 AM PDT
A YACHT had to be towed to safety after developing engine trouble in the Firth of Forth

Man sails up to his own search and rescue operation
By Al Showers – bio | email PEARLINGTON, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County man fishing off the dock at the Pearlington Boat Launch was feared drowned after he ...

Man rescued from sinking boat near Sitka
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The agency launched a helicopter and Sitka Mountain Rescue personnel overheard the call and launched two boats. The Coast Guard says its helicopter ...

 Missing boater found 'disoriented, dehydrated' after 7-hour search
Savannah Morning News
Deputies began searching for Joseph Hodges, 36, at 11:30 am Sunday, after receiving a report of a missing boater, Effingham County sheriff's spokesman David ...

7-year-old's boating skills may have saved grandpa
Northwest Florida Daily News Tue, 21 Sep 2010 20:35 PM PDT
7-year-old's boating skills may have saved grandpa - Last Thursday was bright and sunny, one of those d 

Coast Guard unable to find reported capsized boat off Gasparilla Island
The News-Press
Coast Guard search crews, including a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter ...