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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News


Boating safety offers ageless tips
The Spokesman Review
While online courses are cheaper and more convenient, classroom courses offer students the chance to interact with an experienced boater. ...

Plea for compulsory lifejacket rules
Stuff Thu, 27 Jan 2011 08:11 AM PST
A coroner's call to make lifejacket use compulsory in all boating situations will further push plans to change the law. 

Bill seeks stiffer boater penalties
Centre Daily Times
Kerry Benninghoff introduced a bill this week that would increase the penalties for an intoxicated boater who kills someone while on the water. ...


'GPS for Mariners' is program Saturday at Point Wilson Lighthouse
Port Townsend Leader
The course focuses on GPS equipment typically owned by the recreational boater. It covers navigation review, coastal navigation terminology, basic receiver ...

 Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Kicks-off 2011 Enrollment of 'Houseboating University'
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:18 PM PST
Concerns about the difficulty of operating and navigating a houseboat are two of the main reasons why travelers put their dreams of a houseboating vacation on hold, according to a recent focus group of potential houseboaters by Brand Outlook.

NYS boater safety courses being offered at South Shore Association on Oneida Lake (blog)
By David Figura/The Post-Standard A series of New York State boater safety courses are being offered this month and several afterward at the South Shore .

US Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course in Danvers
North Shore Sunday
By Staff reports Shake off the winter blues by taking the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's eight-lesson Boating Skills and Seamanship Course, which starts ..


Boater's body recovered in Star Lake at Kent
KXLY-TV Spokane Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:02 AM PST
Divers have recovered the body of a man in his early 20s who was thrown into Star Lake at Kent when a rowboat capsized. 

Hiding affair was reason for lying in boating death of Cobb officer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:12 AM PST
Hiding affair was reason for lying in boating death of Cobb officer 

Coast Guard crew member pleads guilty, gets reprimand for boy's death
San Diego Union Tribune
The first Coast Guard petty officer to be sentenced for a boy's death in a 2009 boating accident received a reprimand Wednesday as punishment for being ...

Jury finds boater not guilty in fatal crash on Lake Tapps
Tacoma News Tribune Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:55 PM PST
A Pierce County jury Thursday acquitted a Bonney Lake man of causing a fatal boat collision on Lake Tapps more than two years ago. 

Missouri Boating Accident Kills 4
KMBC-TV Kansas City Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:32 AM PST
Four Fair Grove residents die after their small boat capsizes on the Niangua River in southwest Missouri. 

Body recovered in Cochise County lake
KVOA Tucson Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:21 PM PST
COCHISE COUNTY - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office says they've recovered a second body from a boating accident that happened about a month ago. They found the body of 54 year-old Steven Leiniger today on Parker Canyon Lake in the Northwest part of the county.

Fisherman falls from boat and drowns
Boston Globe
By John R. Ellement A Gloucester fisherman drowned yesterday after falling off his boat into the cold water of New Bedford Harbor, in what police said was a ...

Four dead after boating accident on Niangua River
A conservation agent responded to a distress call from the small boat at the Lead Mine Conservation Area. When he arrive on scene, he found 68-year-old ...


Jet ski operator in accident IDâd
The Daily Advance Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:13 PM PST
State officials Tuesday identified the person who was operating a jet ski when it hit an anchored houseboat Sunday afternoon in Tulls Bay in Currituck County. 

Fishermen rescued from rock in Lewis River
Seattle Times
Two fishermen were the beneficiaries of a swift-water rescue Friday after their drift boat became stuck against a rock on the East Fork of the Lewis River ...

Boating Safety and Accident News

I normally do not comment in my BLOG on news items, or take a political position on them.  But the following item which appeared in Soundings Trade Only requires commenting on, if only to set the record straight. 

NMMA: Coast Guard drops expanded hull ID numbers

At a recent National Boating Safety Advisory Council meeting, the Coast Guard formally announced that it is withdrawing any action on its proposed expanded 17-digit hull identification number, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported.
The Coast Guard's proposal would have extended the existing HIN number to add additional digits on all recreational boats and created significant, unnecessary expense for boat manufacturers, dealers and lenders, according to the NMMA.
The NMMA had previously challenged the Coast Guard's proposal, filing comments outlining the detriment to the recreational boating industry because of costs involved in overhauling computer systems to adapt to the new HIN and the lack of overall benefits of an extended HIN.
The NMMA also worked closely with the Coast Guard and other groups to craft an alternative that would provide necessary information for field investigators. The result was a partnership with the National Insurance Crime Bureau to have boatbuilders begin providing information to the bureau, similar to what is done for autos, the association said.

Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here's the rest of the story.
The HIN requirement first became a regulation in the early 1970's as part of the regulations implementing the the Federal Boating Safety Act.  It was not long before the National Association of Marine Investigators (now the International Association of Marine Investigators, IAMI) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) began petitioning the Coast Guard to change the 12 character HIN to a 17 Character HIN, (see that they felt would enhance law enforcement's ability to track stolen boats and detect bogus HINs.  They even convinced the American Boat and Yacht Council ( to develop and publish a standard for the 17 character HIN. 

In response to this over more than 25 years the US Coast Guard has made numerous proposals, conducted multiple studies, held public hearings (I held some of them at various places around the country) and published various proposed regulations for this.  The results of these, was a massive amount of public comment opposed to changing the regulation.  The public and the industry has always been opposed to this and the sole supporters of it are NASBLA and IAMI.  If the truth be known, we at the USCG were also opposed to it.  But we were prohibited by law from making our own comments either for or against.  Every year we analyzed the types of violations of the Federal Standards made by boat manufacturers and incorrect HINs always headed the list and usually outnumbered anything else by a factor of three. Our reasoning was, if the manufacturers can't get the 12 digit HIN right, what are they going to do with a 17 digit HIN?  

In this article the press has unfairly branded the US Coast Guard as the bad guy, but the truth is they never wanted it and were only responding to pressure from outside groups. Soundings has done the Coast Guard a disservice by making it look as if this were their idea when all along it was not.

Peter Eikenberry

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News


Chicago Yacht Club rescuers receive sailing award
Chicago Tribune
By Cynthia Dizikes, Tribune reporter When Chicago Yacht Club directors Lynn Walls and Maggie Lumkes heard the news in October that a boat had capsized in ...

Coast Guard reprimands officer for deadly CA crash
Washington Post
AP SAN DIEGO -- A crew member of a Coast Guard vessel that collided with a pleasure boat killing an 8-year-old San Diego boy in 2009 will have a mark on her ...


Register Now for Young Boater Safety Training at CNY Boat Show Feb. 17 and 19
Oswego County Today Mon, 24 Jan 2011 02:03 AM PST
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant are partnering to offer young boater safety training at the February 16-20, 2011 Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY

MD Boating Safety Education
Bay Net
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Solomons Flotilla 23-2, will present a four-session Maryland Boating Safety Education course at the Dr. James A. Forrest ...

Class on boating safety will be held in Two Rivers
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Wed, 26 Jan 2011 04:15 AM PST
TWO RIVERS The Two Rivers Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-certified boating safety class from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 14-28. Sessions will be held at the J.E. Hamilton Community House, 1520 17th St. 

Class on boating safety will be held in TR
Herald Times Reporter
TWO RIVERS — The Two Rivers Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-certified boating safety class from 6 to ...


Horrific boating accident claims life of fishing guide
The Freeport News
The boat, he reported, was coming into the Old Bahama Bay Marina and passengers had requested police and medical assistance. Officers, he said, were sent to ...


Search suspended for man who disappeared fishing
CBS 47 Fresno Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:00 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â Crews have suspended their search for a San Francisco man believed to have fallen off a boat while fishing in the Delta near Oakley. The Coast Guard and members of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's marine unit had been searching the waters of the Delta for 51-year-old Harry Lee after he apparently fell off a 20-foot recreational fishing boat Saturday. Lee's boat was found ... 


Eight rescued after 40ft yacht runs aground
EIGHT PEOPLE had to be rescued from a motor yacht off the coast of Co Kerry overnight after it ran aground. RTÉ reports that the 40-foot motor cruiser was .

Woman rescued after yacht flips
Nelson Mail
Mr Leach said the couple had launched the trailer sailer-sized yacht at Marybank, and had made it halfway across the harbour before the boat was caught by .

Florida boater rescued by Carnival Cruise Ship
Cuba Headlines
When three Florida men set off for Mexico to meet their wives on Thursday, they probably didn't know that the adventure would turn into a nightmare. ...

Coast Guard rescues Seadrift couple
The Victoria Advocate Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:29 AM PST
Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi dispatched a Helo helicopter at 7 p.m. Sunday evening to retrieve a male and female from The San Antonio Bay near Seadrift. Coast Guard Operations Specialist, Petty Officer 1st Class Nayo Gallegos, said the couple initially placed a distress call at 6:34 p.m. indicating their catemeran vessel had capsized near Swan Point. 

Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes near Port Lavaca
MMD Newswire (press release)
A 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi were ..

Investigators looking into the cause of another shark tour boat fire
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The cabin of the boat was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 12:11 am, said fire Capt. Robert Main. The fire was extinguished within ten ...

Crews fighting boat fire off Chebeague Island
WLBZ Bangor Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:06 AM PST
CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two Coast Guard rescue boats and the Portland fire boat are fighting a fire on a boat off the coast of Chebeague Island in Casco Bay. 

Coast Guard rescues 3 from fishing boat aground in Sound
Anchorage Daily News
A US Coast Guard helicopter carried three fishermen to safety today after their boat began taking on water in southwestern Prince William Sound, .

Two burned in boating explosion
Queensland Times Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:16 AM PST
FOUR people were forced to jump overboard after their ski boat exploded while cruising at a crowded Moogerah Dam yesterday.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News


CBP Chief Warns Boaters of Increase in Smuggling Activity
The Log Newspaper
SAN DIEGO — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin cautioned Southern California boaters to expect a continued increase in human .

Rescued Boater Thanks Coast Guard Crew
KPTV Portland
ASTORIA, Ore. -- A man who nearly died off the coast of Washington met and thanked the Coast Guard crew who saved his life. Eric Pettit had his family in ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary looking for volunteers
Half Moon Bay Review Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:47 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers. Itâs a chance to learn new skills and make friends while helping make the nationâs waterways safer. 

Boating: More ethanol may mean trouble
The News-Press Sat, 22 Jan 2011 22:36 PM PST
Many power boaters know that gasoline purchased at your neighborhood gas station contains about 10 percent ethanol. 

New water safety message for Islanders
The new campaign focuses on recreational deaths among Pacific people with data showing many drown while fishing, boating and swimming. ...


Registration opened for Young Boater Safety Training at CNY Boat Show February 17th and 19th
The Oneida Daily Dispatch Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:38 PM PST
Syracuse, NY â The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant are partnering to offer young boater safety training at the February 16-20, 2011 Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. The two-part course will be taught on Thursday, February 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. AND Saturday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Horticulture Building Seminar Room. Pre .

Coast Guard sets boating classes
The Sun Post-Herald Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:56 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will offer two public boating classes every Wednesday beginning Jan. 26 


Philippines searches for boat with 5 Americans
The Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard launched a search Friday for a sailboat carrying five Americans who left the Pacific island of Guam ...

Missing US sailboat found, being escorted to Cebu City
The sailboat was set to arrive in Cebu City Sunday night or Monday morning. Tamayo identified the passengers as Joe Gamec, Corey Goldhorn, Steven Blanton, ...

Coast Guard Searches for 3 Missing Boaters Off SC Coast
WSPA Spartanburg Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:24 AM PST
A Coast Guard helicopter, a C-130 aircraft and rescue boats are searching the South Carolina coast for three overdue fishermen.

Shetland prawn boat found without skipper
BBC News
Rescuers searching for a missing prawn fisherman have found his empty boat. Neil Smith from Shetland, skipper of The Bread Winner, was reported overdue at ...


Vessel capsizes in Arabian Sea, 32 people rescued
Press Trust of India Sat, 22 Jan 2011 03:26 AM PST
Ahmedabad, Jan 22 (PTI) All the 32 people onboard vessel 'Logo Searcher' were rescued with the help of Coast Guard today after it capsized in Arabian Sea near Jafrabad town, officials said. 

Two youths burnt in boat fire at Corowa
The Border Mail
The boy, 17, and girl, 15, were among five youths planning to take the boat out on the Murray River when the accident happened near the Ball Park Caravan ...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News


Lake Havasu Todays News Herald
Today's News-Herald Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:11 PM PST
Lake Havasu Marine Association recently launched the test-market phase of a large-scale âCarry a Designated Operatorâ sober boat operator campaign to help promote safe boating on Lake Havasu. 

Former Hawaii Governor Lingle receives national Boating Access Award
The Boat Owners Association of The United States – BoatUS – today announced that Hawaii's former Governor Linda Lingle is one of 12 recipients of its ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary looking for volunteers
Half Moon Bay Review Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:51 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers. Itâs a chance to learn new skills and make friends while helping make the nationâs waterways safer. 

State Parks Presents Public Service Award to Brookfield Renewable Power for Safe Boating Efforts
Marketwire Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:11 AM PST
Hydropower Producer Promotes Boating Safety and Life Jacket Use as Part of the National "Wear It!" Campaign 


Class helps you get boater card before the summer season
Statesman Journal
12 Oregon Boaters Safety Class with instruction from the Marion County Sheriff's office in conjunction with the Oregon State Marine Board. ...

SIGN ME UP: Winter is time to learn about boating safely
The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron-sanctioned comprehensive boating course is essential for any recreational boater to ensure the safety of themselves, .

Boating safety course offered
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
STEVENS POINT -- The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a Department of Natural Resources boating safety course from 6:30 pm to 8 pm Mondays, from Jan. ...

Flotilla Offers Paddlecraft Boating Class
Cape May County Herald
By Press Release COURT HOUSE — Flotilla 83 serving the Avalon, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor and the Wildwoods announced a new Boating Safely Class for ...

Sporting Clay: Free boating safety classes offered
Florida Times-Union
Cold, short winter days keep many Clay County boaters off the water this time of year, but a useful alternative for one of those days is to take a boater ...

Thinking of spring: Chart this boating course
At Lake of the Ozarks, that means boating, and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to offer the public an opportunity to go beyond the basics with its ..


Search resumes for missing boater
A Coast Guard helicopter is back in the air as the search for a missing boater from Florence picked back up Wednesday morning in Murrells Inlet. ...

USCG & Philippine Coast Guard Launch Search for Missing Guam Sailboat
Pacific News Center
Guam -A search is currently planned for five people aboard the 38' Catamaran sailboat "PINEAPPLE," last seen departing the Marianas Yacht Club, January 6th, ...


Fire destroys boat in Newport News
The Virginian-Pilot
A $35000 boat was destroyed in a fire early this morning at the Deep Creek Marina in Newport News. Firefighters were called shortly after 3 am to the marina ...

Four rescued after yacht catches fire
ABC Online
Four people have been rescued after their yacht caught fire off the New South Wales far south coast. Earlier this morning the skipper radioed Eden Marine .

Judge Rejects Barkus Plea Deal in Flathead Boating Crash
KTVM Butte Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:08 AM PST
A judge in Flathead County rejected the plea deal for former Senator Greg Barkus. Last December, Barkus pleaded no contest for to a felony for slamming his boat into Flathead Lakes shoreline in 2009 and injuring five people. In exchange for that no contest plea, prosecutors dropped the other two felonies Barkus f

Former Mont. state senator sentenced in boat crash
Washington Post
A former Montana state senator accepted a sentence Thursday that will allow him to avoid jail and eventually expunge his record for a 2009 boat crash that ...

Bad Fuel-up; Boat's Hull Filled with Gas
First Coast News
According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue, a person attempting to gas up a boat at about 5:30 am filled the hull instead of the fuel tank. ...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News


Former Onondaga County resident to be honored by Coast Guard Tuesday in Oswego
The Post-Standard Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:05 AM PST
Oswego, NY -- A longtime Onondaga County resident who helped save three people from the frigid Lake Ontario waters during an accident in 2009 will be presented a lifesaving medal Tuesday in Oswego. Rear Adm. Mike Parks, commander of the... 

Postpone Boating: Maritime Chief
Bellingen Courier Sun
Boaters are warned not to head out in hazardous conditions in waterways across NSW as a result of fast flowing flood waters and continuing rainfall, ...

Lack of boating skills can be deadly
By Geralyn M. Ryan, special to the St. Petersburg Times Boating is a favorite pastime for many Floridians. The Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the ...


Boater safety classes planned in Holland
Toledo Blade
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft has announced Ohio Boating Education courses will be offered Jan. 29 and Feb. ...

Mariner's Compass seminar
Falmouth Bulletin
BBSPS offers this public Boating Seminar Series, from 7 to 9 pm on the first Wednesday of most months at the WHOI, Quissett Campus, Clark Laboratory room ...

Boating safety seminars to be offered during Upstate S.C. Boat Show
Anderson Independent-Mail Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:42 AM PST
Boating safety seminars will be offered at the annual Upstate S.C. Boat Show Thursday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.


Coast Guard searching for man after his boat found in Murrells Inlet
Myrtle Beach Sun News
State and local authorities are searching the Murrells Inlet area for a man reported missing after his boat and vehicle were found, according to US Coast ...


Yacht grounded on Goodwin Sands sinks after rescue
BBC News
A 36ft yacht grounded off the Kent coast has sunk after attempts to refloat her failed. Five men had to be airlifted from the Liquid Fusion on Sunday ...

Disabled boat, overboard boater brought safely into Channel Islands Harbor
Ventura County Star
A Harbor Patrol boat was able to quickly pick up the boater, who was wet and cold but uninjured. Meanwhile, fire department rescue swimmers deployed from .

Coast Guard: 2 injured in boating accident in Oregon Inlet, N.C.
WNCT Greenville Mon, 17 Jan 2011 07:10 AM PST
NAGS HEAD, N.C. - The Coast Guard says one of their crews, good Samaritans and Sea Tow responded to the grounding of a charter vessel near Nags Head, N.C. 

Four flee sinking houseboat
Adelaide Now Mon, 17 Jan 2011 01:02 AM PST
FOUR people were forced to abandon a houseboat before it sank in the River Murray yesterday. 

Windsor area crew honoured: 'Save me. Save me. I'm going to die'
Windsor Star Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:01 AM PST
WINDSOR, Ont. -- As a man clung desperately to life on a stormy Lake St. Clair, a local sloop crew struggling to save him faced down a boating nightmare. 

Firefighters rescue two from disabled boat
Rescue crews responded to the call around 2:15 am And found the boat about a mile south of the Hueneme Pier. Oxnard Firefighters rescued two adults stranded ...

Coast Guard: Nine People Rescued from Burning Boat off Fernandina Beach
First Coast News
A Navy ship has rescued nine people off a burning fishing boat, according to the US Coast Guard. The seven adults and two children, who are safe and ...

Five plucked to safety by helicopter after yacht runs aground on Channel's ...
Five people were airlifted to safety before their yacht sank after running aground on a sandbank in the Channel. The 35 foot boat ran got stuck on the ...