Boating Safety Is For Life

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Not Exactly Boating Safety But certainly news worthy.

 Walking on water risky, even in big plastic balls

In this image released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission children play in water walking balls.   The government is warning people not to use tAP – In this image released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission children play in water walking balls. …
WASHINGTON – The government is warning people to stay out of those giant see-through inflatable spheres known as "water walking balls" because of the risk of suffocation or drowning.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that it "does not know of any safe way to use" the products, which are popular at amusement parks, resorts, malls and carnivals. They resemble hamster balls but are large enough for humans.
People climb into the plastic, airtight balls and then roll around — or try to walk — on water in pools, lakes or rivers.
"We want to tell the public how dangerous these products are before someone is killed," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the commission. "Our investigation into water walking balls will not stop with today's warning."
The agency is worried about too little oxygen in the balls as well as the buildup of carbon dioxide.
Another concern: the fact that the product has no emergency exit and can be opened only by a person outside of the ball — a serious problem if a person inside the ball experiences distress.
The commission said it is aware of two incidents in which people were hurt.
In the first, a 5-year-old girl in Kingston, Mass., passed out last year while inside a ball for a brief time. In the other, a young boy suffered a broken arm when the ball he was in fell out of a shallow above-ground pool onto the hard ground.
The balls, CPSC says, could also spring a leak or puncture, raising the drowning risk, especially with young children who can't swim.
Calls to manufacturers such as Eurobungy USA in Miami were not immediately returned.
One company that sells the water balls says on its website that there is enough oxygen to last 30 minutes. It says a ride usually lasts about 7-10 minutes, and that the balls are not dangerous as long as they are used safely.
The commission said it has informed state amusement ride officials of the risks associated with the water walking balls. It is encouraging state officials not to allow the rides.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating News:

Manatee slow-speed zone success mixed
Florida Today
But boaters see the lack of significant improvement as validation they were right to fight against zones and for their way of life. "They've really taken away a family recreation," said Tom McGill, a Merritt Island boater who tried to stop the zones ...

MEMBER CENTER:
Journal of Commerce Online Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:05 AM PDT
The Indian navy and coast guard captured 16 Somali pirates and rescued 16 hostages after a three-hour running battle in the Arabian Sea, according to media reports. 


BOAT LOAD: As Americans gain weight, Coast Guard sets new occupancy rate for boats
The Destin Log Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:08 AM PDT
Come December 1, boat captains and operators of passenger vessels may have to reduce their occupancy rate due to new regulations brought on by the expanding waistlines of Americans. âThe weight of the average person has increased,â said LTJG..


Agency warns NM boaters about invasive mussels
NewsWest9.com
AP - March 30, 2011 5:05 AM ET ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) - The US Bureau of Reclamation says boaters need to take precautions to ensure they don't transport invasive mussels from neighboring states into New Mexico. Zebra and quagga mussels can cause .

USA. BoatUS urges boaters to be heard on new EPA requirements
BYM News (press release)
Remember the Clean Boating Act of 2008? The bi-partisan federal legislation stopped recreational boats from falling under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirements originally targeting "normal operating discharges" from commercial ships ...

Safety:

AP: Family of drowning victims pushing for new life jacket law
The Joplin Globe Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:40 AM PDT
The family and friends of a Springfield father and his 8-year-old son who drowned last year while boating in Southwest Missouri are working to raise awareness of boating laws and safety, including changing state law to require more young people to wear life jackets. 


McKenzie River boating death: 'Wear your life jacket'
KVAL
By Kristina Nelson KVAL News After a deadly weekend, the sheriff's office is reminding people to think safety first on the water. That's all it took for a boat to flip on the McKenzie River Saturday afternoon, tossing three people into the water. ..

Sheriff to close Sac River to boating as flows go higher
Record-Searchlight
By Record Searchlight staff Water regulators will dump more water from Lake Shasta into the Sacramento River starting late today, prompting the sheriff to close the waterway to recreational boating. The Shasta County Sheriff will close the river to .

Vermont seeks information on boating, fishing facilities
The Republic
AP WATERBURY, Vt. — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it wants to make it easier for boaters and anglers to find places to launch their boats or fish from shore. To do that, the department is asking owners or managers of boating and ...

Canadian boating group warns of spring water conditions
Business Examiner Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:18 AM PDT
Wearing a Lifejacket and Thermal Protection could save your life, Canadian boating safety group. 


Tougher standard for judging drunken boaters
Radio Iowa
by O. Kay Henderson on March 29, 2011 After years of trying, backers have finally won legislative approval of a bill that sets a new, tougher standard for judging drunken boaters. It means the legal blood alcohol limit for boaters will be lowered

Public safety closures of rivers and streams due to high water
Red Bluff Daily News
In anticipation of dam releases being raised to 50000 cubic feet per second at Monday, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko closed the Sacramento River to recreational boating effective March 28. This closure does not apply to any lakes in Shasta County. ...
Education:

Boating safety course planned at EMA office April 14
Evansville Courier & Press
By John Lucas EVANSVILLE — A six-week, safe boating course covering the basics of recreational boating will be held starting April 14 at the Emergency Management Agency, 708 Stanley Ave. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each Thursday through ...

Beat the rush for boater s education card
Everett Herald Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:05 AM PDT
The $10 card could save you an $87 fine for not carrying it with you when you hit the waters this year.


Fatalities:

Chaotic scene as rescuers race to capsized boat that killed 2 in San Diego Bay
Los Angeles Times
Witnesses described a chaotic scene on San Diego Bay after a sailboat capsized Sunday evening, drowning two men and injuring eight others. The boat, initially reported to be a 35-foot rental, ran into unknown trouble shortly after 5 pm near Harbor ...

Briefly
Charlotte Observer
Associated Press SAN DIEGO Authorities on Monday identified a father and son who died after a rented sailboat carrying 10 family members on an outing organized for people with special needs capsized in calm water and good weather in San Diego Bay. ...


Sailboat Offered Free Rides to Disabled
NBC San Diego
By ARTIE OJEDA The operator of the sailboat involved in Sunday's deadly accident on San Diego Bay is the founder of an organization that gives free sailing rides to people with developmental disabilities. Chao Chen, 73, and his son Jun Chen, 40, 


Boat operator blames wind gust for fatal boat accident
San Diego Union Tribune
By Hailey Persinger and Pauline Repard SAN DIEGO — A gust of wind into the jib sail was to blame for capsizing a boat Sunday in San Diego Bay, where a father and son drowned, said the president of the nonprofit connected to the boat operator. ...

Two theories put forth on what caused fatal sailboat accident in San Diego Bay
Los Angeles Times
Two theories were posited Tuesday for what caused a sailboat to capsize in San Diego Bay, leaving two dead. But the agency leading the probe into the accident, the San Diego Harbor Police, said it will take weeks before a cause is determined. ..

Charity, boat maker assign blame in fatal capsizing in San Diego Bay ...
Washington Post
But Roger MacGregor, the maker of the sailboat, challenged the wisdom of putting 10 people onboard and questioned whether the water ballast, which helps the ship automatically right itself, was properly filled. Shean insisted the ballast was full and ...

Eugene fisherman's body recovered after boating accident
KOIN News 6 Portland Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:30 AM PDT
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Man Dies in Boating Accident on Lake Greenwood
WLTX-TV Columbia Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:22 AM PDT
CROSS HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A Laurens County man has died in a fishing boat accident on Lake Greenwood. The Index-Journal of Greenwood reported that the accident happened near the U.S. Highway 76 bridge across the lake late Friday morning. 


Man dies after fall from boat
News.com.au Mon, 28 Mar 2011 06:49 AM PDT
A MAN has died in a boating accident north of Bowen after hitting his head in a fall. 


Ardmore man dies in TX boating accident
KXII-TV
An Ardmore man is dead after a boating accident Friday at a lake in the Texas Hill Country. According to The Abilene Reporter-News, 28-year-old Derrik Snodgrass was driving a boat on Lake OH Ivie when it hit rocks near the shore around 9 pm Snodgrass ..


Coast Guard drops some charges in Calif boat crash
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Coast Guard has dropped the most serious charges against the highest-ranking member of the crew on a boat involved in a collision with a pleasure boat in San Diego Bay, killing an 8-year-old boy. The Coast Guard said Monday the court-martial for ...

Drowning victim, survivor identified
The Springfield News-Leader Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:02 AM PDT
The survivor of Sunday's fatal boating accident at Lake Springfield told police he and his buddy were trying to tie their canoe to a buoy when it capsized. 


Man gets 20 years in boating fatality
SunHerald.com
By ROBIN FITZGERALD - rfitzgerald@sunherald.com BILOXI — Circuit Judge John Gargiulo sentenced Donald C. Bernius to 20 years in prison today on a guilty plea to boating under the influence of alcohol in a crash that killed one man and seriously ...

Mistrial declared in boating fatality
Sault Star
By Frank Dobrovnik In an unexpected turn of events, a Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a young Blind River woman accused of impaired operation in a 2009 boating fatality. Justice Edward Koke granted a motion by defence ...

New trial date set for case of impaired boating causing death
The Sault Star Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:21 AM PDT
A new trial date has been set for a young Blind River woman charged in connection with a 2009 boating fatality. Tiffany MacMillan's trial, which is expected to last seven to 10 days, will begin May 24 in the Superior Court of Justice in Sault Ste 


Fires:

Boat catches fire in Fishermanâs Cove
North Shore News Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:24 PM PDT
A West Vancouver firefighter tackles a fire on a boat at Race Rock Yacht Services in Fishermanâs Cove, West Vancouver, Thursday afternoon.


Several yachts burn at Sailfish Marina in Stuart
WPTV
STUART--- Martin County Fire Rescue is investigating the cause of a four-yacht fire at the Sailfish Marina in Stuart. About 11:30 pm Monday, firefighters responded to a fire involving at least two 50 foot long sport fishing vessels, Martin County Fire 


Family homeless after 57-foot yacht catches fire in Coronado marina
Channel 8 San Diego Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:33 AM PDT
Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire onboard a yacht that left a couple and their son homeless.


Boat Burns Near Alameda Yacht Club
CBS San Francisco Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:27 PM PDT
Firefighters responded to a boat fire in Alameda Wednesday afternoon. 


Lake Hartwell Fire Damages Boats
News Channel 7
By WSPA Staff Anderson County fire stations responded to Lake Hartwell at Dock 9 for a boat fire off SC 24. Our coverage partner the Anderson Independent reports that two platform houseboats have burned and were towed away from the Portman Marina. ...

Other:

US Coast Guard rescues two St. Petersburg boaters after catamaran capsizes
Tampabay.com
They were clinging to the capsized Hobe Catamaran. One of the men was apparently able to still use his cell phone, according to the Coast Guard. A 25-foot rescue boat arrived on scene about 5:07 pm Steven Ellis and another unidentified boater were not ...

Mayday call prompts Coast Guard search
The Journal News | LoHud.com
A Coast Guard helicopter spent Sunday evening scanning parts of the lower Hudson River and Long Island Sound for a boater in distress. According to Lieutenants Brandon Link and Adam Schmid, the Coast Guard received a mayday radio call from a male 


Boaters found safe after long search
FOX30 / CBS47 Jacksonville Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:12 AM PDT
YULEE, Fla. -- A 13 year-old boy and a 63 year-old man are safe. Family feared they were in danger and sent the Coast Guard searching for them when they...


Eagle Ray Soars Into Boat, Slams Woman
NBC Miami
Jenny Hausch, a tourist from Illinois, was on a charter boat off the coast of Islamorado when the giant ray propelled itself out of the ocean and landed on top of her, CBS4 reported. The marine body slam shocked everyone in the boat, who struggled to ..

8-foot shark jumps into Texas fishing boat
USA Today
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY Three commercial fishermen jumped the shark when an 8-foot-long, 375-pound mako shark jumped into their boat Monday, the Associated Press reports. Jason Kresse of Freeport, Texas, and two crewmembers had been fishing for ...

Fisherman rescues boater from sinking vessel
The Daily Advance Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:41 PM PDT
A Good Samaritan rescued a boater Saturday from a sinking sailboat in the Currituck Sound. Susan Rittenhouse was piloting a 42-foot vessel north on the Intracoastal Waterway when the craft struck an underwater pole and began taking on water near Bells Island, authorities said. 


St. Albans firefighters use rescue boat twice in one night
Daily Mail - Charleston
Firefighters here had a busy night on the Kanawha River, responding to two calls within an hour using the department's rescue boat. Fire Chief Stephen D. Parsons said firefighters were notified around 9:36 pm Monday of a man on the American Electric ...

Coast Guard Rescues Two Men in a Boat
KIII Corpus Christi Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:30 AM PDT
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) The Coast Guard rescued two men in a small boat in the early morning hours on Wednesday March 30, 2011.


Fishing tournament leads to fines for seven anglers
Delaware County Daily Times Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:16 AM PDT
CLAYMONT, Del. - Seven fishermen, including five from Delaware County, have been cited for violations of boating safety and fishing license requirements during a fishing tournament Saturday on the Delaware River near thePennsylvania line. 


Two fishermen injured in morning boating accident
Times Daily
By Tom Smith Two commercial fishermen were injured this morning when the boat they were in was struck by a bass boat on Bear Creek near the Mississippi state line in Colbert County, Alabama Marine Police officials said. Lt. Roy Ellis of the Alabama ...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Veterans get the tools they need for school, work
TheDay.com
By Jennifer McDermott Groton— Work Vessels for Veterans presented laptop computers, a car, truck, van and sailboat today to veterans who are beginning their civilian careers or continuing their education. The local nonprofit aims to help veterans by ...

Safety:

Boat Safety Checks Still Free
Kansas City InfoZine Sat, 26 Mar 2011 05:52 AM PDT
Before hitting the water, the Coast Guard Auxiliary urges boaters to make sure they have the required safety equipment and that it is in working order by taking advantage of a free Vessel Safety Check. 


Free Boating Over Memorial Day for Safe Boating Card Holders at Lake Mead
OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine
Taking a safe boating course does pay, especially for those who bring their boater education card or certificate to Lake Mead National Recreation Area during Memorial Day weekend. The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday,

Planning on going on the water this summer? Check your boat first
The News Herald
Other common things, according to Johnson and Ken Nelson, the owner of Nelson Marine Service, include boaters who fail to replace last year's ethanol laced gas, fail to charge the battery, fail to change the filters and, when they get out on the water, ...

After boating tragedy, family makes push for water safety
The Springfield News-Leader Sun, 27 Mar 2011 03:20 AM PDT
A year ago today, the Keese family gathered at Stockton Lake, desperately hoping Brian Keese and his 8-year-old son Nathan might be found safe. 


OUTDOORS FEATURE: Boaters beware
Albany Herald On-line
These days it is evident that many, if not most, fishermen are also boat owners. Many of these mariner/anglers, obviously, opt for a boat powered by an outboard motor. With boating and boat ownership comes boat maintenance, a responsibility quite a few ..


Education:


Boating basics course
The Sandwich Broadsider Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:07 AM PDT
Boat Massachusetts, a boating basic course, is being offered Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 25, May 3 and 10. 


Boating safety class to be offered in Hastings
Grand Island Independent Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:26 PM PDT
The Hastings Police Department will host a boating safety course and a boating safety instructor certification April 1 and 2. 


Transport Canada introducing stricter standards for boating competency exam
Montreal Gazette Sun, 27 Mar 2011 01:53 AM PDT
Boaters and outdoor water enthusiasts need to be aware of some upcoming changes to the boating competency exam. 


Rowayton Community Center to host cold water survival seminar
The Norwalk Citizen Sat, 26 Mar 2011 18:52 PM PDT
It's never too early to prepare for summer boating. The Darien Sail & Power Squadron will be hosting a Cold Water Survival Seminar on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center . Mark Chanski of CT DEP and Captain Rande Wilson will explain how to cope with cold water boating, with particular emphasis on spring conditions. 


Boating safety course slated
Parkersburg News
PARKERSBURG - Registration is under way for the annual spring boating safety course sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Valley Sail and Power Squadron to be held from 5:30-9:30 pm April 12 and 8 am-noon April 19 at the American Red Cross, 220 Eighth St. The ...

Fatalities:


Deadly Boating Accident on Lake O.H. Ivie
KRBC Abilene Sat, 26 Mar 2011 06:46 AM PDT
At least one person is dead, after an evening boating accident on Lake O.H. Ivie. 


Man dies in Carlisle boating pond tragedy
The News and Star Sat, 26 Mar 2011 03:50 AM PDT
Staff and visitors at a Carlisle park battled to save a man found unconscious in a shallow boating pond. 


One dead in Fiordland boating incident
Otago Daily Times
One person is dead and another has been injured in an incident involving a boat in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, this morning. "It appears there has been one fatality and one [person] injured," Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill, ...

Fires:

Massive fire destroys yacht at Coronado marina
San Diego Union Tribune
By Susan Shroder A couple and their teenage son were able to safely escape when their motor yacht caught fire Thursday night in the marina at Loews Coronado Bay resort, prompting a “massive” two-alarm response by multiple fire and law-enforcement

Third shark tour boat burns
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Waialua firefighters arrived at 11:42 pm to find the cabin and deck of the 35-foot shark tour boat in flames on a trailer in the Haleiwa Harbor trailer yard. The fire was brought under control five minutes later. Damage is estimated at $100000. ...

Missing:


Developing story: Louisiana man missing in Trinity County
KYTX
According to the sheriff's department, Clarence Verrett, Jr. was last seen on his boat in Lake Livingston. A witness fishing from a bridge noticed Verrett's boat spinning in circles. Another boater noticed Verrett was not on his boat and called 911. ..

 Person missing in boating incident on McKenzie
The Register-Guard Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:04 PM PDT
One person is missing after a boat capsized on the McKenzie River near Walterville this afternoon. Three people were in the boat. One made it to land safely, another was rescued by McKenzie Fire and Rescue, and the third is missing, officials said. Fed by recent rains, the river is  


Man feared drowned after boating mishap
The Age
A NORTH Melbourne man is missing, feared drowned, and a heavily pregnant woman was hospitalised after losing her unborn baby in two separate accidents on Victorian waterways at the weekend. A 31-year-old man went missing when a night-time fishing trip

Deputies Believe They Found Missing Fisherman
KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas
More Another breakthrough tonight in the search for a missing fisherman as crews find a boat on the bottom of the Arkansas River. MULBERRY, Ark. -- Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies believe they found the body of Tom Gulledge Sunday morning. ...

Other:


Sailors saved from sinking yacht
News24
Cape Town - The crew of the Spirit of Izivunguvungu have been rescued after the yacht was damaged during the Cape to Rio race, the City of Cape Town said on Friday. "The City received the good news [on Thursday evening] that the crew had been located .

3 hospitalized in boating accident
7Online WSVN-TV
Miami Beach Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash, which occurred off the MacArthur Causeway, between Palm and Star Islands. According to officials, a fishing boat collided with a speed boat. Three passengers on the fishing boat were ..

Two workers rescued after boat capsizes in Piscataqua River
Seacoastonline.com
A bridge worker standing on a capsized boat waits to be rescued as it floats down the Piscataqua River on Friday. Another man was rescued from the river by the Newington fire boat.Deb Cram photo By Charles McMahon NEWINGTON — A pair of contractors ...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

China's tourism island extends stay time for foreign yachts
Xinhua
HAIKOU, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Foreign-registered yachts will be able to stay up to 183 days a year in the waters of China's southernmost Hainan Province as of April 15, up from the current 15 days, according to a new regulation. ...

In brief: Man, woman, linked to houseboat thefts
The Fresno Bee Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:03 AM PDT
A 43-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both of Three Rivers, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglarizing four houseboats at the Kaweah Lake Marina in Three Rivers, authorities said. 


Take steps now to save on gas for your boat this summer
Delmarva Now
BoatUS -- the Boat Owners Association of the United States -- is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters, providing more than half a million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services

Sacramento River Closed To Boaters In Shasta County
KRCRTV.COM
The Shasta County Sheriff's office has banned all recreational boating on the river for the first time in four years. The Bureau of Reclamation has increased its releases from Shasta Dam into the Sacramento River Monday, from 40000 to 50000 cubic feet ...

 Santa Cruz Harbor open to boat traffic again
San Jose Mercury News
AP US Coast Guard officials say they lifted travel restrictions in the harbor at 5 pm Tuesday after determining that there was no longer any sunken debris or boats at the bottom that could be a hazard to vessels in the harbor. Surging waters caused by ...

Boaters take issue with Steelton's dock permit fee
Patriot-News
By Daniel Walmer It costs $45 for a boat dock permit at the Susquehanna River Launch and Park owned by Steelton Borough, and some boaters do not like it. Boater Walter Shroy of Steelton said he's spoken with 15 to 20 boaters who feel that they should ...

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters
KLAS-TV
The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course. "Statistics show that the ..

Safety:

Transport Canada introducing stricter standards for boating competency exam
Vancouver Sun
By Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post March 25, 2011 1:02 PM Boaters and outdoor water enthusiasts need to be aware of some upcoming changes to the boating competency exam. On April 15, Transport Canada is introducing stricter exam standards. 
Drunken boater bill gets Iowa House OK, back to Senate
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)
However, if an intoxicated boater is observed by a law enforcement officer actually operating a boat, he or she could still be cited even if they abruptly turned off the boat engine before the officer arrives, lawmakers said. Rep. ...

Some boaters deride state's slow-speed 'compromise'
Daytona Beach News-Journal
PALM COAST -- Boaters would have to slow down less -- but still too much for some -- under the latest proposed reduced-speed zones intended to protect manatees along the Intracoastal Waterway in Flagler County. The smaller speed zones would not mollify ...

Boating While Intoxicated Bill Drowns
KOAT Albuquerque Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:28 AM PDT
A bill that would have increased the penalties for boating under the influence drowned amid other legislation and politics in the recently completed legislative session. 


Possible Drinking Regulations for Boaters
KIMT
Roberts said, “I treat boating like I do driving a vehicle, keep it responsible and keep it under the legal limit, otherwise, make plans to do otherwise.” “I think it really bring more awareness again in the educational part which is something we've ...

Maryland ranks 3rd in boat accidents
ABC2 News
March 22, 2011 - The national safe boating council released a survey from 2009 that puts Maryland at number three when it comes to states that have the most boating accidents. Only Florida and California saw more boating accidents. ...


Bellingham store offers free boat safety check
Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - Boat owners who are looking forward to getting out on the water can get a free boat safety check Saturday, March 26. People from boating group Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron will be doing the boat checks from 10 am to 4 pm at Yeager's ..


Education:


Boating Course
NorthJersey.com (press release)
A Boat NJ course will be offered by NJ Boating Safety Classes at Saint Clare's Hospital, Urban Auditorium, 25 Pocono Rd. in Denville, on March 27 from 8:30 am to 5 pm Meets the needs of boaters and personal watercraft operators. ...

 Coast Guard offers course on seamanship
Agoura Hills Acorn
This two-day Coast Guard Auxiliary course will help boaters increase their skills and confidence, and make them a better, safer boater who understands the rules of the road, the waterways “highway signs,” and safe boating handling. ...

Sailing class prepares Marines for adventure on high seas
Camp Lejeune Globe
These classes, which began not even a full year ago, have quickly grown as more and more Marines come out to learn to control and maneuver a sailboat. Offering both basic and advanced classes, the marina wants to make sure anyone who wants to learn to ...

Coast Guard auxiliary to conduct boating education course in Slidell
New Orleans Times-Picayune Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:23 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a boating education course April 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 433 Erlanger St. in Slidell. The course, which will cover information such as watercraft handling,... 


Beat the rush for boater s education card
Everett Herald Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:58 PM PDT
The $10 card could save you an $87 fine for not carrying it with you when you hit the waters this 


New licence class to be introduced for sailing larger yachts
TODAYonline
by Neo Chai Chin SINGAPORE - Owners of larger yachts here will soon need to be better equipped to handle their vessels. A new licence class will be introduced in the second half of this year for those operating yachts 24m and longer, the Maritime and ...

Boating safety course set for April
Evansville Courier & Press Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:15 PM PDT
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a course on boating safety from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 and 30 at the Emergency Management Agency, 708 Stanley Ave. 


Atlantic Cape Offers Safe Boating Classes
Cape May County Herald Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:02 AM PDT
MAYS LANDINGâAtlantic Cape Community College is offering a Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft two-day workshop. Led by Coast Boating School, the course covers basics such as rules of the road, laws and safety. 


Boating safety class to be offered in Hastings
Grand Island Independent Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:29 PM PDT
The Hastings Police Department will host a boating safety course and a boating safety instructor certification April 1 and 2. 


Fatalities:


Coast Guard Boat Pilot Gets Jail in Fatal Wreck
ABC News
A Coast Guard petty officer was sentenced Wednesday to three months in the brig for his role in a boat collision in San Diego Bay that killed an 8-year-old boy. The seven-member jury gave Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Ramos the maximum term of ...

Council slates crash report
Otago Daily Times Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:34 AM PDT
The findings from an investigation into a 2009 double jet-boating tragedy on the Kawarau River have been challenged by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. read more 


Body recovered near site of Nolichucky River boat wreck
Knoxville News Sentinel
By News Sentinel staff GREENEVILLE - Searchers recovered a body today near the site of a weekend boating accident on the Nolichucky River that already left one man confirmed dead. The body was located about 1:30 pm by members of the Greeneville Rescue .


Project boat which caused two deaths deemed unsafe
3News NZ
By Jessica Rowe An investigation into the deaths of two men working on the Christchurch Ocean Outfall Project has found the boat they were on was leaking and full of defects. The drownings, two years ago, has left one mother wondering why simple safety ...
Missing:

Yacht disappears off the Atlantic
Cape Argus Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:26 AM PDT
An urgent international search is under way today for a Cape Town yacht that may have met with disaster in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, carrying a crew home from Rio de Janeiro.


Fires:


Man escapes burning boat in Puget Sound
Seattle Post Intelligencer
A man was able to escape a boat that caught fire off the shores of Everett Wednesday morning. Police say the 31-foot pleasure boat caught fire just after 10 am west of Gedney Island. The man on board was able to escape onto a dinghy and was later .

Fire damages Blaine sailboat
Blaine Northern Light
Firefighters and Blaine police responded to a small fire on a sailboat in Blaine marina on Tuesday. District chief Henry Hollander of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was contained on the sailboat and did not threaten any lives. .


San Diego County family homeless after yacht fire
Washington Examiner Fri, 25 Mar 2011 07:45 AM PDT
The Associated Press The Associated Press CORONADO, Calif. A family that lived aboard a 57-foot yacht near San Diego has lost its home to a fire. The San Diego Union-Tribune says Harry and Tamra Williams, their 17-year-old son, Kristopher, and their bulldog, Lucky, managed to escape the flames Thursday night but the boat sank in a Coronado marina. Harry Williams says he smelled smoke from an ... 


Arson Hits Another Haleiwa Shark Tour Boat
KITV Honolulu
HONOLULU -- Honolulu fire investigators said a fire aboard a 35-foot commercial vessel used for shark tours was intentionally set Thursday night at the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor. Fire crews responded to a call for a boat fire just after 11:30 pm., ...

Other:


Juniper Lake Boat Rescue
WMBB-TV
A man in the water and a sinking boat became a serious situation that almost turned into a tragedy Wednesday morning. Walton County Fire-Rescue Chief Bryan Coley says the man was in the water when rescuers arrived and credits them with saving him, ..

Man rescued from sinking boat in Juniper Lake
The Northwest Florida Daily News
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Firefighters rescued a man who sunk his boat in Juniper Lake this morning. The boat struck a stump near Cat Island and began to sink about 20 yards off the shore, said Argyle Fire Chief Jonathan Day. The Argyle Fire Department,

Boat capsizes between Rota, Tinian; 3 saved
Saipan Tribune Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:03 AM PDT
GUAM -U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam search and rescue controllers on Thursday received a report of the rescue of three mariners from their capsized boat in the waters between Rota and Tinian


Coast Guardsman, Family Cling to Boat for 12 Hours Before Rescue
NBC Miami
The US Coast Guardsman and his family found themselves stranded in the waters off the coast of West Palm Beach after their boat capsized Wednesday night. Russell, his wife Troy Ann, his father Chris and his 17-year-old son were found clinging to the ...

Teens Rescued From Overturned Boat
WESH Orlando
Two teenagers were rescued from an overturned boat in Brevard County on Thursday. The incident happened along Nixon Circle in Palm Bay. Authorities with the Palm Bay Police Department said some police officers dove into a small pond to make the rescue. ...