Boating Safety Is For Life

Monday, February 28, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News

 Boating News:

China to tax luxury yachts
The Australian
BEIJING'S campaign to narrow the wealth gap before it gets further out of hand has changed tack to focus on a classic symbol of bourgeois excess, the luxury yacht. Proposed regulation, which will involve a punitive, nautical tweak to the vehicle ...

US senator seeks tough anti-piracy measures
AFP via Yahoo! News Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:09 PM PST
A US senator has called for tough measures to be put in place to battle the scourge of piracy after four Americans were killed on their hijacked yacht by Somali pirates last week. 


Pirates Hijack Vessel Carrying 7 Danes, Including 3 Children
International Herald Tribune Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:20 PM PST
The Danish government said pirates in the Arabian Sea captured the yacht in the first reported attack on a small pleasure vessel since four Americans were killed by their pirate captors last week. 


Safety:

Commission pushes for lifejackets mandate
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sat, 26 Feb 2011 21:00 PM PST
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's boating advisory board has recommended that the full commission mandate that boaters wear lifejackets when on the water between Nov. 1 and midnight April 30. 


Drunk boating laws could be expanded to most state waterways
KRCG
He introduced the bill after a fatal boating accident in his district on the Current River, one not currently mandated by state BWI levels. “They have to navigate in very narrow shoots and around blind corners,” Cookson said. .

Education:

Boating Safety Classes Being Offered
WOWT Omaha Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:08 AM PST
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled more boating safety courses


Lorain County Sea Scouts preparing for warmer days
Sun Sentinel Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:38 AM PST
The youth of Sea Scout Ship No. 289 based at Lorain Sailing and Yacht Club are learning charting techniques and other boating skills to be more proficient when they put their 32-foot sailboat 'Bananas' in the water. 


Local boating safety class offered
The Marion Star Sun, 27 Feb 2011 04:18 AM PST
MARION - The Marion Sail and Power Squadron will begin its boating course Monday at Tri-Rivers Career Center.  


Boating event features 35 presenters
Tacoma News Tribune Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:34 AM PST
Owners of powerboats and sailboats can increase their expertise and find out whatâs new at the first Spring Boating Symposium. The event will be March 18-20 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.


Ohio power boaters 29 and younger must attend boating class
Huntington Herald Dispatch
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A virtual flotilla of Ohio boaters, measuring in the thousands, is coming of age this boating season and must be certified to operate any powerboat greater than 10 horsepower on state waterways, according to the Ohio Department of ...

Coast Guard class teaches boating safety
Hometownlife.com
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety and seamanship class beginning March 3 at Stevenson High School, 33500 Six Mile, Livonia. The eight-week class runs from 7-9 pm Wednesdays in the north cafeteria. Material cost $45 for the first ...

Boating skills and seamanship course
Wareham Courier
A boating skills and seamanship course will be offered by Onset/Marion Flotilla 63 of the United state's Coast Guard Auxiliary. Classes will be held from 7 to 9 pm Thursday nights at 7 at the Lockheed Martin (Sippican) Training Room, Barnabas Road (off ...

Power Squadron offers safe boating course
Evansville Courier & Press Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:31 PM PST
A course covering the basis of recreational boating will be taught by certified trainers from the Evansville Bend Power Squadron. The course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. 


 Fatalities:


Boat overturns on Grand River; one drowns
WZZM
Emergency crews responded to 911 calls of a capsized boat by the Bridge Street bridge. Two men, later identified as Travis Menzel, 22, and Ben Black, 22; had fallen into the water after their boat overturned in the strong current. .
Missing:

Cape surfer feared dead after raft found
Independent Online
AP Three men, including a South African, who went missing when their yacht disappeared off the coast of Antarctica, have died. A New Zealand newspaper reports that three men, including a South African, who went missing when their Norwegian yacht ...

Little chance yacht crew still alive: Searchers
The New Zealand Herald Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:11 PM PST
Searchers say there is little chance the three crew members missing on a yacht in Antarctic are still alive.The 14-metre Norwegian yacht Berserk has not been heard from for nearly a week since its emergency locator beacon was... 


Woman missing after boating accident in Currituck Sound
The Virginian-Pilot
By Jeff Hampton A woman is missing after a commercial fishing boat overturned about 4:30 pm Monday in the Currituck Sound not far from the Tulls Creek area. Other boaters nearby picked up two males who had remained with the overturned boat. ...

One still missing after boat overturns on Lake Shastina
Siskiyou Daily News
By Jamie Gentner One man is still missing on Lake Shastina after a boat he was riding in overturned Sunday. The Siskiyoou County Sheriff's Department received a call around 5:15 pm Sunday reporting calls for help were heard around the boat dock in Lake ...

Other:


Coast Guard coordinates rescue of French sailors
WVVA Bluefield Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:47 AM PST
Associated Press - February 27, 2011 12:35 PM ET PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in Virginia has helped coordinate the rescue of 4 French sailors on a trans-Atlantic trip. 


Four rescued from capsized boat off Cape Hatteras
The Virginian-Pilot
Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard from a capsized boat about 20 miles east of Cape Hatteras Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (US Coast Guard) By Lauren King Four boaters were rescued from a capsized vessel this afternoon about 20 miles east of Cape ...

Lake Murray boater run over by own boat
The State Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:41 PM PST
A boater on Lake Murray was severely injured after he fell out of his motorboat Satu 


Pair rescued after yacht overturned
Coff's Coast Advocate
Marine Rescue, the water police and the yacht club were scrambled to the scene when a five-metre Hobie Cat with two people aboard overturned. Sergeant Don Stewart said a member of the public called triple-0 to report the incident about 5pm.

Boater, 36, fined for high speeds on Thames
Maidenhead Advertiser
A boater who clocked up high speeds along the River Thames has admitted 'opening up' under a bridge and told to pay out £475. Chris Thibault, of Riding Close, Southampton, was fined £400, ordered to pay £60 costs and given a £15 victim surcharge at ...

Sailboat fire quickly extinguished at Shilshole
My Ballard
A large response of firefighters rushed to a sailboat fire at Shilshole Marina just before noon. The fire was contained to a single sailboat — it started in the engine compartment — and firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly.

Quick thinking of father saves son's life after boat capsizes
KTAL Shreveport Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:20 PM PST
The quick thinking and reaction of a Haughton father saved his 5-year-old sonâs life this afternoon, following a boating accident in Lake Bistineau, in Webster Parish near Caples Camp. 


Boat misses Lake Worth Inlet, lands on jetty
WPTV
A boat wound up missing the Lake Worth Inlet Sunday and landed on the jetty on the north side. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Marine Unit responded to the scene. There's no word on how the captain lost control of the vessel

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:


SOMALIA: Long Expected Government Offensive Begins
Strategy Page
The fifteen surviving Somali pirates from the US sailboat Quest, were moved to the American carrier USS Enterprise. The pirates are being sent to the United States for trial on piracy and murder charges. In several different parts of Somalia, ...

Clarification, then modification
West Hawaii Today Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:52 AM PST
State boating and ocean recreation rules need to be clarified to reduce confusion before any changes or additions are made to them, several dozen residents told state officials Thursday evening in Kailua-Kona.


State to cut boat tax exemptions
The Triton
Dannel Malloy has proposed eliminating four tax exemptions for boating-related business, including labor fees on maintenance and repair and broker commissions, according to a story in Soundings Trade Only. The state has a 6 percent sales tax, ..

Boaters fear they'll be up a creek without a $50 licence
Toronto Star
OTTAWA—Canoeists and kayakers planning a traditional Canadian summer trip — including Scouts and Girl Guides on group excursions to explore a quiet lake — could now face a mountain of paperwork and a boat tax under new federal rules, critics charge. ..

Hector Osvaldo Gonzalez, Chilean Boater, Saved 60 From Tsunami
The Huffington Post Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:55 AM PST
CONSTITUCION, Chile Hector Osvaldo Gonzalez rescued more than 60 people from last year's devastating tsunami. Three times he crossed the roiling Maule River, hauling out people who had been sleeping in tents on a small island near where the river meets the sea. 


Florida bills target watersports
The News-Press Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:32 AM PST
Bills that would increase the legal minimum age of those operating personal watercraft and that would decriminalize some boating infractions will be... 


Fish Lake residents seek stepped-up attack on zebra mussels
Minneapolis Star Tribune
For the coming boating season, they have asked Three Rivers Park District to step up inspections for the barnacle-like mussels at its Fish Lake Regional Park boat launch. And when park staff are not there, they want it closed. ...

Federal charges shed light on Kewaunee boat fires
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel Late-night bombs explode charter fishing boats, setting a marina aglow in the light of giant fireballs - a scene straight out Florida-based crime shows like "Burn Notice" and "CSI: Miami. ...  

Safety:

Gov. Cuomo, throw out a lifeline to marine patrols
Penn Yan Chronicle-Express (blog)
By Anonymous Several years ago, as HUD Secretary, you came to Penn Yan with a promise to help to keep a boat building facility operating and providing jobs. That deal was scuttled by the poor business practices of a company that left the property



SAFETY TIPS
Saipan Tribune Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:09 AM PST
Leave a float plan with a responsible individual who knows your intentions, location and who they should call if you do not return as scheduled. Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and set the example for your passengers or paddling partners. 


Coast Guard's safe boating tips
WPTV West Palm Beach Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:08 AM PST
Boating season will be in full swing soon and out on the water, safety will be the big issue.  The Coast Guard tells you what you should know to prevent any accidents. 


Boat speed limits challenged, supported
Laconia Citizen
By BEA LEWIS CONCORD — Opponents of a bill to repeal the boat speed limits on New Hampshire's largest lake told a senate committee on Thursday that Winnipesaukee is safer since the limits were imposed two years ago. Witnesses who testified before the ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary places safe boating bulletin board
St. Tammany News Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:38 AM PST
Boaters launching at Madisonvilleâs public boat ramp now have information that can save their lives. 


Education:

US Coast Guard boaters safety
UpNorthLive.com
by Harrison Beeby TRAVERSE CITY -- Before summer hits the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking to inform northern Michigan on proper boater safety with the help of three upcoming classes. "About Boating Safely" will take place on February 28th,

Boating Safety Education class
The Wenatchee World Online
This is an opportunity for boaters and interested persons to obtain their Mandatory Boater's Education Card.To register call 682-2588 Want to comment on this story? Registered users can use the form below. Please know that we at wenatcheeworld.com hope .

Learn boating safety at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands
NorthcentralPa.com
By Alana Roberts Get an early jump on the boating season by taking a safe boating course from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 19, at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission boating safety class gives boaters practical ..

Mandatory boater education course offered April 16
Mansfield News Journal
PERRYSVILLE -- Ohio residents who are 29 or younger this year and planning to operate boats with motors of greater than 10 horsepower must comply with a mandatory boater education law. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will host a class from ...

The American Red Cross and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offer boating safely course
WDTN
Ohio mandates that any person born on or after January 1, 1982 and operates a powerboat more than 10hp, take a mandatory boater's education course,” says Nick Gill Dayton Area Chapter Instructor/Aquatic Supervisor. “This is a great course for those ...

Coast Guard will offer boating safety course, free boat inspections
Coos Bay World
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting an eight-hour boating safety education course on Saturday, March 12, in Charleston. The course covers the basics of boating safety, rules of the road and Oregon boating laws. ...

Missing:

Damaged liferaft was from missing yacht
New Zealand Herald
The Norwegian registerd yacht Berserk has gone missing in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo / Supplied An empty and damaged liferaft found in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica early today has been confirmed as belonging to the missing Norwegian yacht ...

Other:


Coast Guard says false alert caused search for distressed boater off Darien coast
Darien News-Review Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:03 PM PST
DARIEN -- Authorities on boats from the Coast Guard , Darien police and fire and Norwalk police scrambled to find what they believed to be a distressed boater Friday morning in the Long Island Sound, only to suspend their search and declare the incident a false alert. 


Coast Guard: 36 people on missing boat rescued
GMA News Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:00 PM PST
At least 36 people aboard a motor banca that was reported missing off Palawan last Friday have been rescued, the Coast Guard said Saturday


Swimmer's leg severed by boat propeller at Vanderbilt Beach
NBC 2 Fort Myers Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:41 AM PST
Part of a swimmer's leg was severed during a boating accident at Vanderbilt Beach around noon Saturday.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

BREAKING NEWS

House votes to block E15 from gas pumps

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from moving ahead with allowing a higher blend of ethanol in the nation's gas tanks.
Just before 2 a.m. today, the House voted 286-135 to block the EPA from spending any money to carry out a waiver to allow E15 to be sold at the nation's fueling stations. Currently, most gas stations sell E10 — which is 10 percent ethanol.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20110219/AUTO01/102190386/114%208/auto01/House+votes+to+block+E15+from+gas+pumps

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident news

Boating News:

INSIDE STORY: How Dreams Turned Deadly for Hijacked American Sailors
People Magazine
By Sara Hammel The mood was somber at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Los Angeles Thursday, and the flag was flying at half-staff. It was here that California couple Jean and Scott Adam, world travelers who loved the water, often moored their boat Quest when ...

Yacht sellers feeling sunk by tax proposal
People's Daily Online
Owners of yachts - a luxury that is gaining popularity among China's newly rich - will have to pay an annual vessel tax based on the length of their craft if a draft law is passed by the top legislature. The latest draft of the vehicles and vessels ...

NTSB releases docs on SD Coast Guard boat crash
San Jose Mercury News
AP SAN DIEGO—A crew member estimates a Coast Guard vessel was going about 25 mph when it struck a recreational boat during a 2009 Christmas parade on San Diego Bay and killed an 8-year-old boy. Petty Officer Jarett Koelmel's estimate is contained in ...

Safety:


Pricey device priceless for rescued sailboat passengers
Fashion (blog)
But they had a happy ending, officials say, because the sailboat crew used an EPIRB (Electronic Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) that alerted via satellite the sailboat's position and issued a call for help. The Coast Guard said the successful rescue ...

SAFETY TIPS
Saipan Tribune Thu, 24 Feb 2011 06:10 AM PST
Leave a float plan with a responsible individual who knows your intentions, location and who they should call if you do not return as scheduled. Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and set the example for your passengers or paddling partners.  


Senate Bill Would Repeal Boating Speed Limits
WMUR New Hampshire Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:41 AM PST
A year after New Hampshire established permanent speed limits on its largest lake, lawmakers are considering repealing them.
 

DLNR hearing on boating administrative rules (Feb. 24)
Hawaii 24/7
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is hosting statewide public hearings this month on proposed amendments and additions to its Hawaii Administrative Rules for the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. These rule amendments to Title 13, ...

Education:

America's Boating Course
Gig Harbor Life
The course meets the educational requirements for boating operation in all states (Including the Washington State Boater Education Law). Boaters may receive a discount on their boat insurance upon successful completion of the class. ...

Feb 24: Take a Boating Course, Eat Lobster, Bowl a Few Frames
Patch.com
Thinking about taking up boating this summer? Take a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation today. 2. Have a 1 lb. lobster, mussels, corn and potato all for $16.99 tonight at the PJ Lobster House. 3. .

Boating: Safety, skills courses scheduled
Green Bay Press Gazette
A nine-week course on boating skills and safety begins on March 8 at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1160 E. Shore Drive, Green Bay. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Green Bay Flotilla is offering the course, which meets from 6:30 pm to 9 pm each ...

Missing:


Helicopter search begins for missing yacht
TVNZ
Rescuers looking for a Norwegian yacht with a crew of three missing in the freezing waters of the Ross Sea in Antarctica had their hopes raised then swiftly dashed today when they found a liferaft. But the empty liferaft was not from the yacht, ...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Boating Safetyu And Accident News

Boating News:

Four Americans killed by pirates days after yacht was hijacked off the Somalia ...
New York Daily News
The Adams' sailboat, the S/V Quest, was seized off the coast of Oman last Friday. It was being tailed by a US Navy warship at it cruised toward the northern Somali pirate stronghold of Puntland. The Adams have been sailing around the world since 2004

Ethanol is no boater's friend
Delmarva Daily Times
While I'm not going to argue about whether blending ethanol with gasoline is a wise plan for reducing our country's use of oil, no one can disagree the stuff isn't doing us boaters any favors. I know I'm not the only boater who has had issues with
 
Connecticut Gov. Wants 50% Increase in Boat Sales Tax
BoatTEST.com
Malloy wasn't paying attention when the 1991 federal 10% luxury sales tax on new boats over $100k nearly wiped out the boating industry in the US, costing the loss of several hundred thousand jobs. These were jobs which never came back even after ...


Quagga mussel ordinance takes effect Friday
Lake County Record-Bee
If the screener determines the boat is at risk of harboring a mussel, the boater will directed to an inspector who will thoroughly inspect the boat. The fee for screening and being issued a sticker will be $10. If the boat requires an inspection

Safety:


DLNR to hold hearing on boating administrative rules
Lahaina News
KAHULUI — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is holding statewide public hearings this month on proposed amendments and additions to its Hawaii Administrative Rules for the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. ..

Group changes vessel check dates
St. Augustine Record
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 has changed the date of its courtesy vessel safety checks at the Vilano Boat Ramp from the second Sunday of each month. * St. Augustine Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp - noon to 2 pm second Saturday There is no charge ...

Manitou Pontoon Boats Rolls out Boater Safety Laws by State Resource
PR-USA.net (press release)
Manitou Boats created a boating resource this week aimed at making boater safety information more accessible and the boating certification process easier to manage. The resource includes a list by state of where to locate boating safety laws,


In wake of water accidents, officials urge use of lifejackets
The Commercial Dispatch
Monday at the Columbus Lock and Dam, boater Wilson also advised boaters to always have their engine kill lanyards attached, and make sure inexperienced or weak swimmers always wear life vests. Morris Adair has been fishing the Tennessee-

CCG Auxiliary back on search & rescue duty
Business Examiner Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:01 AM PST
Salt Spring Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers are back on call as of Feb. 11. CCGA Unit 25 leader Tom McKeachie announced the unit has returned to active search and rescue duty, after a two-year hiatus. 


Boat season gives Sheriffs' departments a sinking feeling
NewsChannel 9 WSYR
Although snow and ice are still keeping people land-bound, boating season is a chief concern for Sheriffs' Departments across Central New York. (WSYR-TV) Oswego (WSYR-TV) - Although snow and ice are still keeping people land-bound, boating season is ...

Education:

Event of the day: Free CPSO boater education course
Sulphur Southwest Daily News
By Anonymous The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be conducting a boating education course on Tuesday, February 22 at the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center, 1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur. Class is from 8 am to 5 pm and is free and open to any ...

Boating safety course offered this month
The Tuscaloosa News Tue, 22 Feb 2011 01:38 AM PST
The West Alabama Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is conducting a two-part boating safety course Thursday and March 1. 


US Coast Guard Auxiliary Announces Safe Boating Class
Hartford Courant
Learn the basics of boating and boating safety while qualifying for CT Boating Certificate. Through lectures, demonstrations, and audiovisual presentations, students will learn to boat safely, avoid problems and enhance their enjoyment of on-the-water ...

Boating Safety Education course offered
Jackson Times Journal
PORTSMOUTH--The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Saturday, March 5 from 8 am until 5 pm at the Scioto County Watercraft Office, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. The fee for the course is $5 ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold boating course on March 5
Fernley Leader Wed, 23 Feb 2011 02:51 AM PST
FERNLEY--The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold boating classes on March 5 at Cabela's in Reno.


City offering boating safety certificate courses
MPNnow.com
By Staff reports Interested residents can receive boating safety certificates through courses offered by the city of Canandaigua this spring. The city will be offering “About Boating Safely” courses, with instruction by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary ...


Fatalities:


One Dead, Two Injured In Boating Accident
WUSA 9 Washington, D.C. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:04 AM PST
One man is dead and two others injured after a boating accident near Aberdeen Proving Grounds


Two Teens Dead After Boating Crash in Clay County
First Coast News Tue, 22 Feb 2011 06:26 AM PST
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Two Midddleburg High School students are dead and one adult injured after a boating crash Monday afternoon along Black Creek.  


Autopsies show teens drowned while creek rafting
CBS 47 Fresno Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:15 PM PST
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) Authorities say two teenagers whose bodies were found in a rain-swollen creek drowned. The Contra Costa County coroner completed autopsies Monday to determine the causes of death for 16-year-old Matthew Miller and 17-year-old Gavin Powell. The boys were last seen alive Saturday when they told their families they planned to take an inflatable raft to a local waterway ...


Officials evaluate site where teens went rafting
San Diego 6 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:54 AM PST
Contra Costa County officials are trying to determine whether additional fencing or warning signs are needed near the spot where two teens tried to raft a city flood control channel


Body of SC boater found after 4-week search
Lake Wylie Pilot
AP Authorities say they have recovered the body of a North Augusta man who vanished during a fishing trip four weeks ago. McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett says the body of 36-year-old Scott Craig was recovered Tuesday night from Lake Thurmond. ...

Hawi man hit by boat Monday (Feb 21) dies, is identified
Hawaii 24/7
A 53-year-old North Kohala man died Monday (February 21) as the result of a boating accident off the North Kohala coast. The victim has been identified as James C. Williams of Hāwī. Around 11:17 am Monday, North Kohala patrol officers and Fire ...

Other:


Coast Guard medevacs woman from boat off Cape Canaveral
Florida Today Tue, 22 Feb 2011 07:58 AM PST
The Coast Guard medevaced a passenger from a charter fishing vessel about 13-miles off the coast of Cape 

 Canaveral today.

Swimmer Injured By Boat's Propellers
KITV Honolulu
HONOLULU -- A man swimming at a Big Island beach was hit by a boat on Monday, fire officials said. The victim was swimming with a friend when he was hit by the boat and knocked unconscious, officials said. The people on the boat pulled him out of the ...

Antarctic yacht's distress beacon stops
Sydney Morning Herald
The anti-whaling vessel the Steve Irwin has been asked to join the search for a yacht in trouble in atrocious conditions in Antarctic waters. The distress beacon on the 14.3-metre steel yacht Berserk, with three crew, stopped working overnight. ...

Norwegian Adventurers Missing In Ross Sea
Voxy
Bad weather continues to hamper search efforts underway in the Antarctic seas for a missing Norwegian sailboat. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) picked up a signal from a distress beacon registered to the yacht Berserk about 5pm .

Monday, February 21, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating News:

Lifejackets save fishermen after boat sinks :Trio survives night in sea
Ballarat Courier
THREE Ballarat fishermen told jokes and family stories to keep their spirits up while clinging together in rough seas for 20 hours after their boat sank in Corio Bay. Anders Hamilton, 30, Matthew Relouw, 31, and David Cox, 30, told of their almost ...
US assessing options in hijacking of couple by Somali pirates
Boston Globe
By Jason Straziuso AP / February 20, 2011 NAIROBI — Somali pirates have hijacked the yacht of an American couple who traveled the world handing out Bibles, and the US government said yesterday it was assessing possible responses. ...

Hijacked Seattle couple 'thought they would be OK'
Seattle Times
Two cruising sailors from Seattle are aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman and now heading to Somalia, trailed by a US warship. By Lornet Turnbull JOE GRANDE / AP In a June 11, 2005, photograph provided by Joe Grande, ...

Sea Pines dredging issue reaches 'critical stage'
Hilton Head Island Packet
By TOM BARTON tbarton@islandpacket.com 843-706-8169 The creeks in and around Sea Pines have become so clotted with sediment that large boats might soon be unable to pass and the storied Harbour Town Yacht Basin might close to yachts, officials within ...

Mandeville boating community against corps project
WWL
Members of the Mandeville boating community call an Army Corps dredging project a bad idea. For now, the existing boat launch off Lakeshore Drive at Jackson Avenue is used by people with kayaks and small sailboats. The Army Corps project would dredge ..

Safety:


Boater safety remains well worth the investment
MLive.com
And yet, those skills really can't be underestimated today, though many boaters do not possess them, and think there is no need to learn them given the availability of GPS. I had cause to consider that last summer while sailing in the North Channel

911, Coast Guard attend gab on rescue operations
Sun Star Sun, 20 Feb 2011 07:40 AM PST
DAVAO City's Central 911 joined the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) training conference participated by Southeastern Mindanao auxiliary squadrons at the Sangguniang Panlungsod last Friday afternoon. read more 


Safe boating bulletin board available
St. Tammany News Sat, 19 Feb 2011 22:26 PM PST
Boaters launching at Madisonvilleâs public boat ramp now have information that can save their lives. A big orange and white bulletin board is set up between the two ramps and contains boating safety information, loaner life jackets and a disposal container for discarded fishing line. The project is an initiative of the Coast Guard Auxiliaryâs North Lake Flotilla 42. Inspired by an idea of USCG ... 


State budget may sink Cayuga Lake boat patrols
Ithaca Journal
It is quite an accomplishment for Sheldrake Point Tompkins County Sheriff's Office boat patrols may be further reduced if the department can't find replacement funding for the navigation cost reimbursement cuts proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. ...

State cuts put sheriff's patrols of local waterways in jeopardy
Utica Observer Dispatch
The cuts have been proposed even though the state increased boater registration fees by 25 percent last year; boats shorter than 16 feet pay $26.25. Morris Peters, state Division of Budget spokesman, said the funding for the patrols can't “be afforded ...

Education:


Mandatory boater classes offered
Bend Bulletin
Central Oregonians who want to sail their boat must have a Mandatory Boater Education card or face fines. Potential boaters can access testing materials and take the test online for a fee. Oregonians also have the option to take a free three-hour class ...

Community Notebook
Charlotte Observer
Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron will teach a boater safety class Saturday in the Duke Energy Environmental Center at McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville. The Mooresville Artist Guild is seeking area student artists for its Youth Art Month show in ...

Mississippi Outdoors: Feb. 20, 2011
DeSoto Appeal
There's a new animated and narrated on-line boating safety course available for state boaters at BoaterExam.com, which fulfills requirements for state certification. There's a $29.95 charge upon completion to receive your boater safety certification ...

WYANDOTTE: Nine-week boating course offered
The News-Herald Sun, 20 Feb 2011 04:58 AM PST
WYANDOTTE â The snow is melting and ice is breaking up on lakes and rivers. 




Fatalitites:

Settlement reached in death of missing Iowa boater
CBS4 Quad Cities Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:01 PM PST
Associated Press - February 19, 2011 6:44 PM ET DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A settlement has been reached in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a missing Iowa boater


Coast Guard finds body of missing Largo west of Egmont Key
St. Petersburg Times Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:07 AM PST
By David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer Sunday, February 20, 2011 The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday found the body of a missing boater from Largo west of Egmont Key. A helicopter search crew found the body of Tommie E. Lipford, 57, about 4 miles from his boat about 11 a.m.. He had left from a Bay Pines boat ramp Friday on a 21-foot Kenner fishing boat. Family reported him overdue about 2 a.m. Sunday to ... 


Ga. deputy killed in boating accident
Rome News-Tribune Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:16 AM PST
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) â A Burke County sheriff's deputy was killed in a boating accident on the Savannah River. Sheriff Greg Coursey said 60-year-old Mike Johnson was headed down the river Saturday .


 Boating trip claims 6
iafrica.com Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:21 PM PST
A teen has drowned, along with the five people he tried to help, after a boat capsized. 


Two Walnut Creek Teens Dead After Treacherous Rafting Trip
KTLA-TV Los Angeles Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:25 PM PST
The boys tried to guide a small inflatable raft down a stream overflowing after the weekend's heavy rains. WALNUT CREEK (KTLA) -- The search for two teenage boys who had gone missing after a rafting excursion down Walnut Creek ended Sunday when their bodies were found downstream. 


1 Dead, 2 Injured In Boating Accident Near APG
WBAL Baltimore
ABERDEEN, Md. -- A man is dead and two others are seriously injured after a boating accident in Baltimore County. At about 8 am Sunday, the fishermen crossed into an area of the Gunpowder River patrolled by Aberdeen Proving Ground and hit a buoy-like ...

Retired Waynesboro Police Officer Dies in Boating Accident
WJBF-TV
By WAGT Staff Sheriff Coursey tells us the cause of death is still not clear, but believes Johnson may have suffered from a heart attack. Coursey also says Johnson had a history of heart problems. Johnson was the Police Chief for the town of Garfield, ..

Captain charged over Vietnam tour boat sinking
Telegraph.co.uk
The captain and chief engineer of a tourist boat that sank in Vietnam last week killing 12 people, including one Briton, have been charged over the deadly incident. Halong Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, Vietnam Photo: AP Captain Nguyen Van Minh

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Hens night feathers ruffled on boat trip
Herald Sun
A PARTY of women out on a hens night in Canberra have had their feathers ruffled after the boat they were cruising on started to flood. ACT Policing's specialist response team rescued 24 people and three crew members from the boat on Lake Burley ...

Fundraiser Helps Decatur Teen Through Her 36th Surgery
WAAY
DECATUR , AL - Decatur teen Molly Moses lost her leg in a boating accident over one year ago. Since then, she's endured 35 surgeries. Friends and family gathered on Saturday night to raise money for Molly, as she prepares for yet another surgery in ...

NJ State Police rescue 6 from boat stuck on mudflat off Egg Harbor Twp.
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
By AP Google MapsA map of the Risley Channel in Egg Harbor Township, where six were rescued off a boat stuck on a mudflat. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIPState police used a borrowed hovercraft to rescue six people from a pontoon boat that got stuck in the mud ...

Coast Guard helps disabled fishing boat off Maine
Boston Globe
ROCKLAND, Maine—Coast Guard crews are assisting a fishing boat that was reported disabled 40 miles east of Rockland, Maine. Coast Guard officials say they received a call Saturday night from the 80-foot fishing vessel, Meridian, that the boat's ...

America's Cup boat flips
Stuff.co.nz
The revolutionary yacht sustained severe damage to its right wing and possible further structural damage after capsizing near Rangitoto Island on this afternoon. The boat was being crewed by members of Swedish challengers, Artemis Racing, .