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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

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Boat Tips: Cold Water Survival
Did you know you can become hypothermic in warm water as well as cold? Generally speaking, you are at risk of hypothermia if you are immersed in... Read more

Boat Tips: Proper Cold Weather Gear
Sound reasons abound for wearing a life jacket while boating, but boaters sometimes offer excuses for not wearing a life jacket during the summer months - they're hot,... Read more

Boat Tips: Cold Weather Boating
For those of us who live in temperate climates, we are fortunate to be able to boat year round. We don't have to miss out on the fun in the... Read more

Marine Communication
A VHF-FM marine radio is the first line of communication between you and ports, marinas, and other boaters, and is recommended by the US Coast Guard as your primary means of distress signaling. Get familiar with this essential electronic, radio frequencies, and the proper protocol for receiving and transmitting messages.


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Boating Safety And Accident News


Conservation and industry groups team up to bring fishing to military families
Sport Fishing
In recognition of America's veterans and those who currently serve in the military, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me ...

Official: 1st Year Of Wyo. Boat Checks Was Success
(AP) ― Wyoming's first year of boat inspections to prevent exotic mussels from infesting state lakes was a success, despite initial complaints about having ...


Boating During Cold Weather Months Takes Extra Precautions
Kansas City InfoZine Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:17 AM PST
Missouri State Water Patrol encourages boaters to take extra precautions when boating during cold weather months 

Daytona man made hoax calls to Coast Guard, reported fake shuttle threat
Orlando Sentinel Tue, 30 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST
Nicholas Barbati was sentenced to four years in federal prison this morning. As he sat in his Daytona Beach home in November 2008, Nicholas Barbati made a distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard and claimed to be onboard a 32-foot yacht carrying "10 souls" that was taking on water off the New York coast. 

Lake Wind Advisory Ends At 4 PM
Until then, rough waters on the exposed areas of the lakes around the 4 state region could capsize a small boat. Use extreme caution if boating for the next ..

Cane River closed to boat traffic until further notice
Alexandria Town Talk
Betty Fuller of Cane River Patrol said low water has the 36-mile river closed for boating safety and property protection. To get updated information on the ...


Required Boater Safety Course Offered for Free
First Coast News Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:11 AM PST
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Anyone born in or after 1988 must complete a boater education course to legally operate a motorboat, which two agencies are offering for free. 

News from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7
St. Augustine Record
About Boating Safely sessions are typically held on Saturdays from 7:45 am until approximately 5 pm A $25 registration fee includes a workbook. ..

Boating course in Morris County |
The Lackawanna Sail & Power Squadron will teach America's Boating Course, an approved safe boating course, on four Tuesday nights, starting February 2, ...


Two Dead In Biscayne Bay Boating Accident
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting that two people have been killed in a boating accident in Biscayne Bay. ..

Highlands commissioner suspended from office
A Highlands County commissioner charged in the drunken boating death of his wife has been suspended from office. Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Jeffrey Dwayne ...

Fatal boating accident inquest still uncertain
CBC North Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:36 AM PST
Nunavut's acting coroner says she is still waiting for key documents from the RCMP before deciding whether to call an inquest into a fatal boating accident.


Search on for 4 missing mariners in Marshall Islands
Saipan Tribune Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:10 AM PST
HONOLULU-The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in the search for four mariners in a 15-foot boat reported missing near Majuro, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands Saturday. 


Palm Coast tow captain rescued off St. Augustine coast
Daytona Beach News-Journal Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:05 AM PST
A Palm Coast tow boat captain was rescued this morning off the coast of St. Augustine, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Christopher Evanson.

Photo: Vacant houseboat on Lake Union takes a dive
Seattle Times Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:04 PM PST
Seattle Police Harbor Patrol this weekend responded to what they described as a "three-story houseboat on a barge" on Lake Union. It began listing at... 

Pt. Pleasant man fell off fishing boat, is rescued
Asbury Park Press
AP • November 30, 2010 MANTOLOKING — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a charter fishing boat off the Jersey shore Tuesday. ...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Tips:

Tips for Buying Yacht Insurance
By balmy100 As unbelievable as it sounds, insuring your new yacht is not much more difficult than buying car insurance. In fact, many of the same type of ...

Boating: Good manners also a part of good seamanship
The News-Press Sat, 27 Nov 2010 23:06 PM PST
For about 300 years, there have been traditions and customs that have been necessary to make the recreational boating experience pleasurable and safe.


Frobisher Bay buoy will be made more visible
CBC North Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:11 AM PST
A buoy in Frobisher Bay that was responsible for a fatal boating accident earlier this month will soon be made more visible, according to federal transportation officials. 

West Shore Sun Person of the Week: George Christ
West Shore Sun Fri, 26 Nov 2010 06:17 AM PST
George Christ Bay Village resident George Christ is this years recipient of the Leroy Orvis Memorial Award for Excellence in Boating Education presented by the Northern Association of Boating Administrators. Christ began serving as a volunteer boating safety educator

Sydney harbor workers leave waters unpatrolled for strike
People's Daily Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:55 AM PST
Hundreds of workers on Sydney Harbor and other waterways went on strike on Friday over a wage dispute with New South Wales (NSW) Maritime, the State Government Authority responsible for marine safety and boating regulations

 NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers out in force this weekend
Sail World (press release)
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will be out in force on Hunter inland dams this weekend, Chief Executive Steve Dunn said. Mr Dunn said recent sustained ...

Lake Havasu Todays News Herald
Today's News-Herald Thu, 25 Nov 2010 21:07 PM PST
Lake Havasu Marine Association and Arizona Game and Fish Department are seeing eye-to-eye on a grassroots sober boating campaign by the local marine association. 

Hunters Reminded to be Safe While on the Water
Gant Daily
For more information about Pennsylvania boating regulations see the PA Boating Handbook. To help plan your next outdoor trip in Pennsylvania, visit here and ...

Boating safety restrictions a hard sell in many states
The Capital Sat, 27 Nov 2010 21:42 PM PST
Seventeen years ago, federal officials urged all states to require boater education courses and life jackets for children. Today, 13 states still don't require boaters to learn how to drive a boat before they hit the water. And two states - Virginia and Wisconsin - don't require children to wear life jackets on boats despite more than a decade of pressure from the nation's top transportation


Boater drowns in Dale Hollow Lake
AP - November 26, 2010 6:45 AM ET Clay County officials did not immediately release the name of a man who went under while swimming to retrieve his drifting ...

Two hunters die in Lake Eucha boating accident
Tulsa World
By STAFF REPORTS Two hunters died in a boating accident early Saturday on Lake Eucha, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety reported. Colyn L. Jones, 15, ...

Man drowns in Ga. pond after boat capsizes
(AP) - Authorities say a man drowned when the boat he was in capsized as he fished on a private pond in southwest Georgia. Lee County Chief Deputy Lewis ...


Lost at Sea for 12 Days, Island Captain Returns Mourning Friend, Boat
Martha's Vineyard Gazette
On Sunday, Captain White and Amanda Thorns were rescued from the foundering sailboat after 12 days, about 218 miles northwest of Bermuda by a passing Greek ..

Man arrested for boating under the influence for Juno crash Thanksgiving night
The Palm Beach Post Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:19 AM PST
Man arrested for boating under the influence for Juno crash Thanksgiving night 

Stolen yacht collides with jetty
This is Hampshire Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:02 AM PST
A LAND, air and sea search was carried out earlier today after a stolen yacht collided with a jetty. 

Fire destroys Taylor County boat dock
26, was burning on a floating boat dock that houses a store, gas station and restaurant. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. ...

Lake Winnebago boater rescued
Fond du Lac Reporter
NEENAH — The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department rescued a Minnesota boater from Lake Winnebago after he lost his paddle while duck hunting Friday ...

Boat Crashes Into Shore At Haulover, 1 Airlifted
Patnik's father, the driver of the boat, tells CBS4 News he was showing off and being competitive with another boater when he hit a wake and lost control of ...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News

I apologize for being off-line so long. My internet connection died on Nov 17th.  It has taken until today to get it fixed. I was able to use other wi-fi services several times during the past week but it has been a long slog with the foul weather we had.  So I am back on line and I hope this doesn't happen again.

The following is for Nov  23-25. 2010

A lesson in what not to do:

Duck hunter attracts rescue operation
Traverse City Record-Eagle Wed, 24 Nov 2010 04:48 AM PST
A duck hunter's camouflage worked well enough to attract three rescue boats and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to West Grand Traverse Bay

A lesson in How to Survive

Filo Filo, Samuel Perez and Edward Nasau found alive after 50 days adrift in ...
Daily Mail
It is believed the boys, who had been in a boating competition, decided to row home because they were unable to find fuel for their outboard motor.


Boat safe in the winter
Lake Sun Leader Tue, 23 Nov 2010 06:25 AM PST
Boating in the winter is not like boating in the summer. The Missouri State Water Patrol urges boaters to be prepared when boating during cold weather. Lower temperatures and less daylight mean additional safety measure should be kept in mind. Shorter days Colder water temperatures Boating tips 

Fishing Reports for November 24, 2010
Oswego County Today Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:33 AM PST
This report a courtesy of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. The following notice has been posted for Lake Ontario waters: Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area [...]  

An East Coast sailor goes (Mid)west
Soundings Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:18 PM PST
As a fairly experienced East Coast sailor, Stephen Blakely always wondered if boating is really that different elsewhere in the United States. A boat is a boat, after all, so do you really need new skills when you enter new waters? 

New Handbook for NSW Boaters
Marine Business
NSW Maritime's 2010-2011 Safe Boating Handbook is now available free throughout the state in print and online. NSW Maritime chief executive Steve Dunn said

Restricting Boaters a Hard Sell in Many States
Southern Maryland Online
Today, 13 states still don't require boaters to learn how to drive a boat before they hit the water. And two states -- Virginia and Wisconsin -- don't ...

Boating hunters need to be safe on the water
Pike County Courier
Harrisburg — Hunters may not think of themselves as boaters, but with hunting season underway, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is ...

Lake Havasu Todays News Herald
Today's News-Herald Thu, 25 Nov 2010 06:22 AM PST
Lake Havasu Marine Association and Arizona Game and Fish Department are seeing eye-to-eye on a grassroots sober boating campaign by the local marine association. 

Causes of Boating Accidents (press release)
The state of Florida holds the dubious distinction of having more boating accidents every year than any other state in the union. ...


Mile Markers
Key West Citizen Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:23 PM PST
BIG PINE KEY Learn to be a safe boater Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 will teach its second Boating Skills and Seamanship class of the 2010-2011 season. The... read more 

Safe boating class set
Tampa Bay Newspapers
TREASURE ISLAND – The Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron plans a safe boating class on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Dec. 6-15, at the squadron building,

One dead, others hurt when fishing boat capsizes north of Bodega Bay
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
A victim of a boating accident is transferred to a waiting ambulance at the Coast Guard Station at Bodega Bay Tuesday November 23, 2010. ...

Mashpee man dies in sailing accident
Cape Cod Times
Thorns owned a 28-foot 1947 Herreshoff sailboat, that he meticulously maintained. He loved the boat because it was about the same age as he was.

A daughter's thanks: Tragedy, triumph at sea
Knoxville News Sentinel
She is thankful for the craftsmanship of Massachusetts sailboat builders and the perseverance of Greek sea captains. Today, Thorns said she is thankful for ...

Fires:  It's boat fire season.  Check those shore power cords and inlets for heating and corrosion.  Also check the outlet on the dock.  The number one cause of boat fires is bad electrical connections due to high resistance and corrosion.  As the boat rocks around the plug works in the socket loosening the connection, leading to poor contact.  If moisture gets in the metal corrodes.  Soon you have a very high resistance connection that creates heat.  Enough heat and the fire starts.  Space heaters are notorious for tipping over, or overheating and setting fires.  Do not use space heaters to keep your boat warm.  Check your boat regularly. Feel the connections.  If they feel wrm to the touch you have a problem. Get it fixed.

Flames destroy docked boat
Cape Cod Times
By CAPE COD TIMES HYANNIS — A cabin cruiser caught on fire Wednesday night while a work crew prepared the boat for the winter, a Hyannis Fire Department

Boater burned in blaze at Nichols Marina in Great Kills Harbor
Staten Island Advance Thu, 25 Nov 2010 20:42 PM PST
View Larger Map An unidentified boater was taken to the hospital tonight with minor hand burns after a 64-foot vessel caught fire in Gateway's Nichols Marina in Great Kills Harbor. The individual was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean...


Injured boater taken to OMH following rescue
The Jacksonville Daily News Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:06 PM PST
An injured boater was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital Tuesday after a joint rescue effort by the Coast Guard and Marine Corps. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew and a Marine Corps rescue helicopter crew responded to a report of an injured woman... 

Sailboat falls out of cradle, hits power lines, causes nearly a thousand to ...
Muskegon Chronicle -
Whitehall Police DepartmentA sailboat at Crosswinds Marine Service in Whitehall fell onto its side and its mast struck power lines Monday afternoon after ..

3 tossed overboard near Bermuda, 2 rescued
William Thorne, 63, was tossed overboard when wild wind and waves rolled the double masted sailboat 360 degrees. His 25-year-old daughter, Amanda, survived, ...

Coast Guard, Guam firefighters rescue ill child
KPUA AM 670 Hilo Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:59 AM PST
HONOLULU (AP) â U.S. Coast Guard personnel and Guam firefighters have rescued a small child riding in a boat off Anae Island in Guam

Lyme Regis: Lifeboat monitors yacht in rough seas
Bridport News
By Adrianne Maslen » Two sailors aboard a 21ft yacht continued their journey to France in rough seas despite advice from the crew of the RNLI lifeboat. ...

Missing Kaplan boater found by Wildlife and Fisheries
After being reported as on overdue boater, LDWF agents received information mid afternoon of Blanchard's potential whereabouts from the Cameron Parish

Coast Guard medevacs fishing crewman near Cape Lookout
The Virginian-Pilot
A 30-year-old man passed out on a commercial fishing boat a mile south of Cape Lookout Thursday afternoon and Coast Guard officials were able to reach and ...

Boating Safety And Accident News

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Boat Tips: Cold Weather Boating

Wednesday November 10, 2010
For those of us who live in temperate climates, we are fortunate to be able to boat year round.  We don't have to miss out on the fun in the winter, as cold weather boating can actually be very enjoyable.  Keep in mind that with the pleasure also comes the danger from unpredictable weather patterns and icy waters.  When boating in cold weather, we should be extra vigilant and follow these precautions:
Be sure your boat is in top condition and the fuel is topped off. Get the marine weather forecast before you make the decision to go boating. If any advisories, watches or warnings are forecast, consider rescheduling your plans for a better day. If the weather is clear and you decide to make a go of it, before you leave port, file a float plan with friends or loved ones of your expected itinerary.
For more cold weather boating tips, see:
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November 16, 2010 at 1:46 am
(1) bilgewater says:
You must have two sets of superb foul weather gear,and hopefully have at least three sets of sheets, underwear, sweaters,and pants pants.This ounce of prevention can prevent severe problems and what is worse a lack of sleep which can overcome the most experienced sailors.It also helps to warn passengers about this equipment for they may be the likely targets of rogue waves. It is a mistake to think you are built and tough like the old Arctic explorers.The most important thing to recall about these hardy men is far more died than came back.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Boating Safety And Accident News


Towing a boat safely is extremely important, just as is boating safely:
Driver killed on Suquamish Way after boat and trailer detach from truck
Seattle Post Intelligencer
By NORTH KITSAP HERALD SUQUAMISH — A driver was killed on Suquamish Way Saturday evening after the driver's SUV was struck by a boat and trailer that ..

'Safe' boaters?
Concord Monitor
The Department of Safety made this reversal based on a technicality raised by this boating group, despite having earlier found that without the no-wake ...

Young Hero Receives Prestigious Award
When his eight year old grandson, Mathew, rescued him after he fell out of his boat during a fishing trip. "He said 'Bamp, there's a boat over there' and I ...


Mile Markers
Key West Citizen Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:23 PM PST
BIG PINE KEY Learn to be a safe boater Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 will teach its second Boating Skills and Seamanship class of the 2010-2011 season. The... read more


Man fishing off NJ coast hits head in boat, dies
Daily Record Sun, 21 Nov 2010 05:54 AM PST
CAPE MAY â The Coast Guard says a 51-year-old man who hit his head while fishing on a charter boat off the New Jersey coast has died. A crew member on the Fish Hawk called the Coast Guard just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday to report that a passenger had suffered a head injury and was unconscious. 

Charges Refiled In Deadly Boating Crash
KOAT Albuquerque Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:11 AM PST
Charges have been re-filed against a suspect accused of killing an Albuquerque man in a boating crash at Elephant Butte Lake

Samsa probes boating accident
Pretoria News Mon, 22 Nov 2010 03:42 AM PST
An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the boating accident at Witbank dam in Mpumalanga that left six people dead, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said on Monday. 

Wave swamps boat
The Daily Triplicate Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:42 PM PST
Long Beach man dies when vessel hits rock, capsizes A boating accident near the Crescent City harbor left one man dead and another with hypothermia Saturday. James Gordon, 58, from Long Beach, was sport-crabbing with his friend Fred Thomas, 55, of Crescent City, when tragedy struck around 1 p.m. The two men were trying to retrieve a crab pot when their 18-foot fiberglass vessel drifted into a ... 

Investigators: Deltona man at fault in fatal boat crash in Volusia
Orlando Sentinel
By Gary Taylor, Orlando Sentinel A Deltona man operating one of two boats involved in a Memorial Day crash in Volusia County that resulted in multiple ...

American Dies on Sailboat Enroute to Bermuda
Around 4:55pm yesterday [Nov 21], Police received a report of a sudden death at sea onboard a sailboat enroute to Bermuda. The deceased is a 64 year old ...


Sailboat catches fire in Parker, takes officials hours to put out
Panama City-- Parker firefighters, police officers and the US Coast Guard were thrown for a loop trying to extinguish a sailboat that caught fire Saturday ...


Stevenson Missing Boater Search
WDEF Chattanooga Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:52 PM PST
Search and Rescue crews look for a missing boater. read more 

Autopsy: Miss. boater's death natural causes
WAFB Baton Rouge Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:02 AM PST
The St. Bernard Parish coroner says a heart problem may have killed a 63-year-old Mississippi man whose body was found near his boat on Nov. 14. 


Drunken sailor crashes 60-foot sailboat into Port of Los Angeles
The Beverly Hills Courier
A man who allegedly crashed his 60-foot sailboat into the seawall at Berth 174 in the Port of Los Angeles was behind bars today on suspicion of boating ...

 Coast Guard, Good Samaritans, Save Vessel From Sinking Off Texas Coast
KWTX-TV Waco Sun, 21 Nov 2010 09:36 AM PST
With the help of some good Samaritans, the U.S. Coast guard has saved a vessel in danger of sinking off the Texas coast. 

Queenstown's Shotover Jet back in business a day after crash
Scene Queenstown
An iconic Queenstown jet boating company is back in business after a boat carrying 14 passengers crashed yesterday. Maritime New Zealand is conducting an .

Michigan boater convicted in Great Lakes sinking
Trade Only Today
A Cheboygan, Mich., mariner was sentenced to 50 months after being found guilty on charges related to the sinking of a boat and polluting the water, 

Coast Guard rescues two from boats off LI
Newsday (subscription)
The Coast Guard rescued two people in three days off Long Island, helping a man on a disabled sailboat Saturday afternoon and airlifting another man off a ...