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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Coast Guard Auxiliary Looking For GLSM Flotilla
The Evening Leader
Auxiliary members would help with boater education classes, vessel inspections and rescues. Members also could be part of a crew that patrols the lake ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue team wins awards
St. Petersburg Times Sat, 30 Oct 2010 08:07 AM PDT
By Nova Beall, Times Staff Writer Saturday, October 30, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard ASAR (Auxiliary Search and Rescue) Team from left, Don Frasch, District 7 commander; Dudley Davis of Tarpon Springs; William Kelly of Hudson; and Peter Palmieri of Largo. Coast Guard Auxiliary team wins awards Dudley Davis of Tarpon Springs, William Kelly of Hudson and Peter Palmieri of Largo, all members of U.S. Coast ...

Law enforcement teaming up to promote safe boating in Lee County
The News-Press Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:12 PM PDT
Law enforcement agencies are teaming up this weekend to promote safe boating in Lee County waters. 

Tough new life jacket rules come into force
Illawara Mercury
Port Kembla-based NSW Maritime boating safety officer Deon Voyer said most of the regulations merely backed up practices already routine among sensible boat ..


No charges filed in fatal crash and boating death in St. Tammany
New Orleans Times-Picayune Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:09 PM PDT
A St. Tammany Parish grand jury this week declined to return charges in a traffic fatality and a boating death that occurred earlier this year. The panel determined that a Mandeville man was not at fault when his friend drowned...

Boat capsizes in Sunderbans, 100 missing
Hindustan Times
A mechanised boat capsized with about 125 people on board on Saturday afternoon in the Sunderbans area. Till 7.30 in the evening, only 15 bodies could be ...

1 Man Dead In Santa Monica Boat Accident
SANTA MONICA ( KTLA) -- An Anaheim man died and another man nearly drown after their boat hit a breakwater and capsized late Saturday night near Santa .

Kayaker Drowns After Boat Overturns
WSB Atlanta
ROSWELL, Ga. -- A man drowned after his kayak overturned on Sunday afternoon, Roswell police said. Channel 2's George Howell was on Lake Forest Circle, ..


Coast Guard searching for fisherman lost overboard this morning off Gloucester
Boston Globe Sat, 30 Oct 2010 10:04 AM PDT
By Miriam Valverde, Globe Correspondent The Coast Guard is searching for a crew member of a commercial fishing vessel after he fell overboard into the water 46 miles southeast of Gloucester early this morning. "It was reported that he was... 

67yo missing after falling from yacht
Sydney Morning Herald
Northern Territory police are searching waters near Bathurst Island, north of Darwin, for a 67-year-old sailor who fell overboard from his yacht. ..


Boat catches fire in Fishermanâs Cove
North Shore News Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:23 PM PDT
A West Vancouver firefighter tackles a fire on a boat at Race Rock Yacht Services in Fishermanâs Cove, West Vancouver, Thursday afternoon. 


Lifesaving firm credited for racing yacht rescue
Portsmouth News
... beacons sent out a pulse letting rescue services know there was a crisis unfolding, and guiding them to the exact position of the overturned yacht. ...

Man rescued from sinking yacht
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:42 AM PDT
A man has just been rescued from a sinking yacht off North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane tonight. 

Man Thrown Into Arkansas River Following Boat Crash
KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. -- The Johnson County Sheriff's Department said a fishman was thrown from his boat after hitting a barge. Sheriff Jimmy Dorney said ...

A close call serves as reminder for boater safety
The Tampa Tribune Sat, 30 Oct 2010 17:56 PM PDT
Local charter captain James Wisner assisted in an early-morning rescue along the Sunshine Skyway. 

2 hospitalized after boating accident in Kemah
11 News Houston Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:23 AM PDT
KEMAH, Texas â A boating accident at the Kemah Waterway landed two people in the hospital late Saturday night. Authorities received a call for a boating accident at the Kemah Waterway near the Highway 146 Bridge around 11:30 p.m. Upon their arrival, they found five people on the side of the pier. Two people injured in the accident were taken to the hospital, one in serious condition. The others .

Man rescued after boating accident
WWLP Springfield Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:21 AM PDT
There was a Southwick boating accident early Sunday morning that nearly cost one man his life. 

Boat accident leaves HRRA women united, but also scarred
Poughkeepsie Journal
The boat, as the paint she wore indicated, had gone over her back. But right then, that didn't matter. Nor did her leg pain. The motorboat was resting on .

Kayaker pulled from Presque Isle Bay by Coast Guard
Erie Times-News Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:30 PM PDT
A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued a man whose kayak capsized Friday morning in the choppy waters of Presque Isle Bay. A bystander at the Erie County Convention Center first spotted the 26-year-old Pittsburgh man in the water and called 911 at 8:29 a.m., a county dispatcher said.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Australian Customs - can they board your yacht without permission?
Sail World
If you are spending a lazy weekend on a yacht, or sailing between ports, or if you have just arrived from overseas, can Australian Customs board your yacht ...

New boat length reg is in the offing for Candlewood Lake
Danbury News Times
A law passed by the legislature in May limits boat lengths to under 26 feet and DEP officials are under mandate to write the regulation. ...

Life jacket laws for boating kids Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:00 AM PDT
THE Harbour City has a love affair with water and new laws will help guarantee it's also a long one. Kids must wear life jackets. 

Law enforcement teaming up to promote safe boating in Lee County
The News-Press
By • October 29, 2010 4:11 PM — Law enforcement agencies are teaming up this weekend to promote safe boating in Lee County waters. ...

Nine fined $300 for failing to wear boat lifejackets
Otago Daily Times
Fines of $300 each have been issued to the nine people found in boats without lifejackets, after police callouts to two boating incidents on Lake Wanaka ..


Police Identify Victim of Fatal Boating Mishap
Voice of the Common Man Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:02 AM PDT
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have identified Darren Hutchings, 41, as the victim in a fatal boating accident Thursday in central Newfoundland. He died when the small craft crashed into some rocks near Botwood. 

Divers find body of Colo. rafting guide
The Daily Sentinel Thu, 28 Oct 2010 08:48 AM PDT
BUENA VISTA â The body of a Colorado rafting guide has been found more than three months after she was thrown from a raft on the Arkansas River

Local News More>>
KMPH FOX 26 Central San Joaquin Valley Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:04 PM PDT
Madera County Sheriff's Deputies made a grim discovery Thursday. Around noon, members of the Madera County Sheriff's Dive Team recovered the body of a boater at Eastman Lake. 

No charges filed in fatal crash and boating death in St. Tammany
A St. Tammany Parish grand jury this week declined to return charges in a traffic fatality and a boating death that occurred earlier this year. ...

Judge allows defense in Lake Tapps boating death trial to use internal ...
The attorney for a man charged with causing a deadly boat collision on Lake Tapps two years ago will use the results of a recent Bonney Lake police internal ...


Boat Catches Fire in Talbot County
Thursday's fire damaged this boat at the Gateway Marina on the Choptank River in Trappe. (Photo: WBOC) TRAPPE, Md.- A boat went up in flames in Talbot ...

Yacht bursts into flames at West Van marina
Vancouver Sun
"They pumped their truck dry and then hooked up to the fire hydrant," said Cormac O'Kiely, a yacht broker with Thunderbird Marine, whose office is about 400 ..

No one injured after boat catches fire off Miami
7 News Miami Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:35 PM PDT
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A boat fire in Biscayne Bay has sent the US Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue scrambling. Early Friday afternoon, the 45-foot motor yacht somehow caught fire.


Coast Guard rescues 73-year-old sailor adrift for two days
Richard Steg was found 47 miles east of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in the 35-foot sailboat "Bonvivant" after the craft sustained a broken mast from heavy ...

Damaged Dock
By Shumuriel Ratliff / A late night boater took out not one but two piers in Morehead City. One of the homeowners says his pier took him thirty ...

Coast Guard pulls kayaker from bay in Erie
WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:18 AM PDT
A kayaker has been pulled by the Coast Guard from Presque Isle Bay in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Life jacket saves boater
Superior Telegram
A life jacket saved the life of a Grand View man who spent more than 30 minutes in the water after his boat capsized on Diamond Lake on Friday afternoon. 

Army Corps of Engineers to present findings of 2009 Boating Use Survey on Tuesday
Using scientific methods, the study examined not only boater preferences but also how the natural and social environments, as well as Corps management ...

Boating safety starts at home - Online Learning Center
Sail World
The course is great for boaters or anglers who need to take a boating safety course - it's valid proof of boater education in over 30 states - and it's also ...

Fishing Boats: Lack of Concern among Boaters about Accuracy of ...
By Cross Current Guide Service
The Alliance for Safe Navigation, whose mission is to raise boater awareness about the importance of up-to-date navigational information, today announced the results of a recent survey of 7570 recreational boaters. ...
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Coast Guard issues warnings for boats
WZZM 13 Grand Rapids Tue, 26 Oct 2010 07:59 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard advises all Lake Michigan residents, recreational boaters and commercial mariners to be aware this week of gale winds in excess of 35 knots out of the southeast. 

Sober boating campaign kicks off
Today's News-Herald
Right now, we are doing a lot of test marketing to see what gets the boater's interests.” The campaign includes beads and medallions given out to sober boat ...

Outrage over lake boating escapades
Otago Daily Times Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:13 AM PDT
Boating trips by two groups on Lake Wanaka yesterday could prove to be costly after they were found by police to be without lifejackets. read more 

Boating groups wonder how new gasoline will affect their vessals
The Star-Ledger - (blog)
Boating groups are alarmed by a recent Environmental Protection Agency move to allow a 15 percent ethanol mix in gasoline for use in 2007 or later model ...

Engine Buying Tips: How To Select the Right Horsepower By Boat Type
The engine is the most important and most costly component in your boat. To a large extent, as goes the engine goes, so does your boating experience. ...


1 killed, 1 rescued after boat capsizes in water
The Coast Guard says it received a mayday call Monday afternoon from another boater reporting the 36-foot vessel Miss Alberta was taking on water and ...

Man found dead in FMB back bay
Wink News
The body of a missing boater has been found in the back bay area of Fort Myers Beach. Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death and the man's ...

Mo. authorities find hunter's body in river
Chicago Tribune
AP Searchers of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis have found the body of a suburban St. Louis duck hunter who went missing Monday after the boat he

Man drowns off Fort Myers Beach after falling overboard
The News-Press Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:22 AM PDT
A 55-year-old boater who went missing Monday night drowned near Matanzas Pass on Fort Myers Beach. 

Boating Mishap Leaves One Man Dead, Another Injured
Voice of the Common Man Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:47 AM PDT
A 41-year-old man is dead and another is in hospital after a boating accident in central Newfoundland. The men from Laurenceton were turr hunting near Grassy Island early Wednesday when their small open boat hit some rocks about eight miles from Botwood. 

Sumter man charged in fatal pontoon accident
The Daily Commercial Wed, 27 Oct 2010 05:22 AM PDT
BRAD BUCK Staff Writer A Bushnell man has been charged with boating under the influence manslaughter after a Crystal R ... 

2 dead, 2 missing as boat capsizes off Aparri coast | Home ...
Police in the northern Philippines say two people are dead and two are missing after big waves caused a passenger boat to capsize in the Luzon Strait.


Houseboat goes up in flames Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:35 PM PDT
A HOUSEBOAT was destroyed when it caught fire and drifted for one kilometre from Hindmarsh Island early this morning.


Coast Guard rescues 3 Mass. fishermen
Boston Herald Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:10 AM PDT
CHATHAM - The Coast Guard has rescued three crew members from a fishing vessel that caught fire and sank off Cape.

Debris Washing Ashore in Flagler County from Capsized boat
First Coast News
There's a bit of a safety concern on the beach because of debris from a capsized boat. Flagler County officials are in the area from Jungle Hut Road County ...

Coast Guard rescues 6 people after canoe capsizes
The Burlington Free Press Wed, 27 Oct 2010 08:32 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six people stranded at Lone Rock Point near North Beach Tuesday afternoon after their canoe capsized in Lake Champlain, Guard member James Miller said. Two other canoeist swam to North Beach, he said. 

2 rescued from boat in Wassaw Sound
WTOC 11 Savannah Wed, 27 Oct 2010 06:16 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people Tuesday night from a 19-foot vessel that ran aground in south of Tybee Island

Four Rescued Off Moriches Inlet
The US Coast Guard rescued four people on Friday night from a boat that capsized in the ocean a half mile east of Moriches Inlet, just off West Hampton ...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Except where Rules 9, 10, and 13 otherwise require:
(a)     A power-driven vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:
    1. a vessel not under command;
    2. a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver;
    3. a vessel engaged in fishing;
    4. a sailing vessel.
(b)     A sailing vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:
    1. a vessel not under command;
    2. a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver;
    3. a vessel engaged in fishing.
(c)     A vessel engaged in fishing when underway shall, so far as possible, keep out of the way of:
    1. a vessel not under command;
    2. a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.
    1. Any vessel other than a vessel not under command or a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid impeding the safe passage of a vessel constrained by her draft, exhibiting the signals in Rule 28.
    2. A vessel constrained by her draft shall navigate with particular caution having full regard to her special condition. [Intl]
(e/d)   A seaplane on the water shall, in general, keep well clear of all vessels and avoid impeding their navigation. In circumstances, however, where risk of collision exists, she shall comply with the Rules of this Part.
(i) A WIG craft shall, when taking off, landing and in flight near the surface, keep well clear of all other vessels and avoid impeding their navigation;
(ii) a WIG craft operating on the water surface shall comply with the Rules of this Part as a power-driven vessel. [Intl

Boating Safety And Accident News


The Victoria Advocate Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:55 AM PDT
James E. Vass of Port O'Connor, has been elected to the position of National Commodore for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also a member of the local Victoria Auxiliary Flotilla 7-10. Vass joined the auxiliary in 1991. He was the 2008-2010 vice national commodore and has served at many levels of both elected and appointed leadership. He is also a member of the Coastal Conservation ...

Coast Guard closes Columbia River, Tillamook Bay
KOMO Seattle Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:04 AM PDT
The Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River, Tillamook Bay, Ore., and the Siuslaw River mouth at Florence, Ore. because of hazardous storm conditions. 

Boating: Learn to use nautical charts and compass for navigation
The News-Press Sat, 23 Oct 2010 22:37 PM PDT
A nautical chart is a "road map" to waterways where you take your boat. It has a compass rose to give you a true bearing in which to steer your boat. 

Proof that program can work
Bloomington Pantagraph (blog)
Boating safety stories are common just before the Memorial Day kick-off to summer. But the US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is worried ...

Federal Funds To Aid Long Island Sound
FOX CT Hartford Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:51 AM PDT
More than $1 million in federal funds will be distributed to boating "pump-out" programs along Long Island Sound to provide boaters with a convenient and environmentally safe way to dispose of sewage from their vessels. 

Charlotte County checks net 15 arrests
Gasparilla Gazette Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:19 AM PDT
The combined Charlotte County Boater Safety and Interstate 75 enforcement operation from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday resulted in 15 arrests, including three for boating under the influence of alcohol. 


Iraq War Vet Killed in Boating Accident
WTVY Dothan Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:48 AM PDT
Authorities have found the body of an Iraq war veteran who was thrown from a boat during a collision on a central Florida river. 

Rescuers search for 20 missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia
Monsters and
Jakarta - Rescuers were searching Sunday for around 20 people missing after a boat sank off the eastern Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara, ...

Father and son die in boating accident
... 51-year-old Ernest Gotchie, both of ball club. Authorities say the two were netting fish when their boat overturned. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Boat overturns on Mississippi River near West Alton; one person missing
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A boat overturned on the Mississippi River near Dresser Island today, and rescue workers are still searching for one of its occupants. ...

1 Dies, 1 Rescued After Boat Capsizes
WJXT Jacksonville
A 47-foot small boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport deployed to assist the distressed mariners and found that the Good Samaritan aboard the ...


Racing yacht runs aground
Tasmania Mercury
SYDNEY to Hobart racing yacht Valheru ran aground on Wedge Island in Storm Bay yesterday, not only ending her race for the day but disrupting one-design .

Man survives boater's worst nightmare
Jackson Clarion Ledger
"Yes, sir, I was sure I was dead," Drane said Friday as he recounted a boater's worst nightmare - being tossed out of a moving boat with nobody else in ..

Boat capsizes; waterfowl hunters safe
(WOOD) - Two men were treated for exposure after their boat capsized while hunting in Chippewa Lake. Jonathon Oshinski and William Deal were in a row boat ..

Four men rescued from sinking boat
Danbury News Times
WESTPORT -- Four New York men were rescued Saturday morning from their sinking boat in Long Island Sound, police said. According to Capt. ...

Good Samaritan helps rescue man at Stampede Reservoir
Reno Gazette-Journal Sun, 24 Oct 2010 20:35 PM PDT
A Good Samaritan helped rescue a boater on Stampede Reservoir Friday who was suffering from severe hypothermia after his boat had capsized. 

Two rescued as yacht hits trouble
Portsmouth News
Solent Coastguard received the call at 1pm on Saturday from the yacht, One More Knot, to say they had been blown over between Gosport and Ryde on the Isle ...

Search launched for possible overturned sailboat in Tacoma Narrows (blog)
There was a white sailboat in the area but the person on board said he had experienced no trouble and had not seen any fellow sailors, according to the ...

Lost Boaters Endure 5-Hour Tow To Safety
KTVU San Francisco
The two middle-aged men were in a 26-foot sailboat when the engines stopped working and they called for help around 5 am, Lt. jg Nick Lajoie said. ..

Overturned boat search in Mayport Jetties area
The Florida Times-Union Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:23 AM PDT
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating a report of an overturned boat in the Mayporet jetties channel near Hugeonot Park. 

Man injured in Big Sandy boating accident
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:15 PM PDT
PRICHARD -- An elderly man was injured Sunday afternoon in a boating accident on the Big Sandy River at Prichard. 

Boy survives boating accident
Sunshine Coast Daily
A man holds his young son after the boy fell from a boat on the Maroochy River. The boat circled them when the father leapt out to rescue the four-year-old. ...

CAPE MAY �" The Coast Guard is helping two boaters hurt during an accident off Cape May. The US Coast Guard says a 45-foot fishing vessel ran aground near

3 in Iowa City rescued when boat capsizes
Chicago Tribune
AP Iowa City fire officials say three people were treated for injuries after their canoe overturned. The Iowa City Fire Department was called around 1:30 pm ...

Coast Guard rescues woman with broken legs after boat runs aground in Cape May
The Star-Ledger -
Google MapsA map view of Cape May, where a woman suffering from injuries on a boat was medavaced. CAPE MAY — A 45-year-old woman suffered two broken legs ..

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