Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

News For Saturday, Sunday and Monday June 25, 26, 27, 2011

Operation Dry Water - Don't Drink and Operate Your Boat!

Officials Crackdown on Drinking While Boating
NBC Miami Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:19 AM PDT
The operation is part of a national weekend to educate to enforce boating under the influence


Sweep targets impaired boaters
Cincinnati.com
Authorities in this region - including Four Seasons Yacht Club on the Ohio River - and throughout the country are cracking down this weekend on boaters who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. / The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger Kelly Zobrist of 


Don't Be All Wet on the Water
Patch.com
On Saturday and Sunday EnCon Police Officers, will increase their statewide patrols and checkpoints and hold boater education. They'll be looking for boaters with a blood alcohol content ro “BAC” exceeding the .08 percent state limit. ... 

Authorities Watch For Intoxicated Boaters
Eastern Iowa News Now
Right now, to be sober, a boater's blood alcohol limit has to be below .10 percent. On July 1 that drops to .08 percent, which is the same for driving a car. Friday, law enforcement started pushing boaters to watch their drinking, especially because


Patrols planned to detect alcohol use on the water
NBC 10 Providence Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:02 AM PDT
Rhode Island officials and the U.S. Coast Guard are patrolling the waters this weekend to look for boaters under the influence. 


Wardens Fight Impaired Boating
WMTW Portland Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:18 AM PDT
The Maine Warden Service is participating in a nationwide event to reduce alcohol and drug-related mishaps among boaters.


States target boaters under the influence
Chicago Sun-Times
BY LARRY COPELAND June 24, 2011 10:24PM Six Illinois boating deaths in 2010 were caused by drinking, the state Deparment of Natural Resources says. | Al Podgorski~Sun-Times As the summer boating season enters full swing, states are moving to curtail a
Don't Imbibe and Boat
Patch.com
The state's Environmental Conservation or “EnCon” Police will be out in force to reduce boating under the influence, or “BUI.” Today and Sunday, EnCon Police Officers, will increase their statewide patrols and checkpoints and hold boater education. ..
'Operation Dry Water' Targets Boating Under The Influence
Patch.com
Connecticut law enforcement joins in nationwide effort to curb drunken and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. By Tony Bacewicz | Email the author | 5:00pm Conncecticut DEP Marine Enforcement Officer Mitch Persico will be among those ..
New laws start July 1, include tougher boating alcohol limit
Mason City Globe Gazette
MASON CITY — A new lower blood-alcohol limit for boating while intoxicated is among several new laws going into effect in Iowa next Friday. The legal limit for drunken boating will drop to 0.08 percent on July 1, the same as the limit for operating 


Patrols will be out on local waters looking for drunk boaters
WTOP
WASHINGTON - There will be crackdown on drunk boating across the country this weekend, and the DC area is no exception. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of boating under the influence education and enforcement to reduce alcohol and ...

TWRA cracks down on impaired boaters
Sparta Expositor Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:22 PM PDT
Walk the line. A TWRA officer checks a boater to make sure he is not impaired when operating his vessel. Officers will be checking all area lakes during the weekend of June 24-26 as part of Operation Dry Water. 


Police Patrolling Mississippi Ahead of BAC Law Change
WQAD
“There are wing dams, closing dams, a lot of navigational hazards while operating not mention the barge traffic and other boater traffic." says Iowa state conservation officer Jeff Harrison. But, even with all those dangers, Iowa Conservation Officer ...

Boating Under the Influence as Dangerous as Driving Under the Influence
Patch.com
Campaign to educate CT boaters about the dangers of boating and drinking begins this weekend. Operation Dry Water will hit Connecticut's shorelines this weekend. The state's Environmental Conservation or “EnCon” Police will be out in force to reduce .


Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:00 AM PDT
KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - 06/27/11) - July 4th celebrations often include cook-outs, picnics, boating, time spent with family and friends and, of course, fireworks. But for too many families, this holiday weekend can be filled with tragedy instead of celebration. The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our roadways .


Boaters not complying with operator rules in Shuswap
Global Regina
Operation Dry Water hit Sicamous Narrows in the Shuswap Saturday, targeting boaters for sobriety and safety checks. The enforcement and education campaign is a North America wide effort to educate and enforce boating safety rules. 


Boating News:

Law enforcers become sailors
Port Huron Times Herald
"This is something we've talked about doing for some time, and we finally got it worked out," said Tyson Connolly, the 2010 Yacht Club Commodore. "I think it's a good thing. "It's our way of saying thanks for all they do for us during the sailing

Runciman: U.S. boater deserves an apology
Brockville Recorder and Times
He said US boaters have historically not been required to check in with Canadian customs officials when they cross the border on the St. Lawrence River, unless they put down an anchor. But in the case of Roy Andersen of Baldwinsville, NY,

Canada officer phones boater
WatertownDailyTimes.com
When he called the officer back, Mr. Anderson said, he asked the agent to clarify the Canadian law because Mr. Anderson and north country boaters in general have long believed they could boat in Canadian waters freely unless they set anchor. 


Border-crossing rules in spotlight
The Buffalo News Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:13 PM PDT
An arrest and fine of a young boater in St. Lawrence River waters prompted much discussion of procedures for fishing international border waters.



Police investigate series of recent houseboat break-ins
WHAS TV11 Louisville Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:29 PM PDT
(WHAS11) -- It's a vacation home floating on the river but on Friday night police are investigating a series of break-ins into East End houseboats in Louisville. Investigators say the burglars broke into six houseboats at two East end marinas; near Captain's Quarters and a marina in the 7000 block of River Road. Police say $10,000 worth of items was taken in the last three break-ins.



Boating Safety News:


Official Says Closure Won't Affect Service
Voice of the Common Man Sat, 25 Jun 2011 05:45 AM PDT
The assistant commissioner with the Coast Guard in Newfoundland and Labrador says they will maintain the same level of rescue services when the Marine Rescue Sub Centre in St. John's closes next year. 


Rallies to Protest Search and Rescue Cuts
Voice of the Common Man Sat, 25 Jun 2011 04:30 AM PDT
There's a major rally set for the St John's Harbourfront Saturday morning to protest the pending closure of the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Sub Centre in St John's. 


Conn. conservation officers patrol parks, forests and beaches, launch new ...
The Republic
The partners found only one violation, a retiree fishing from a small skiff who failed to carry his proof of completion of a safe boating course. The retiree had one, but not with him. They let him off with a warning and wished him luck with the fish.  


 Boating advisory issued for Wolf River in Outagamie County
Fox11online.com
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY - A boating advisory for the Wolf River is issued by the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department until further notice. Deputies say rising water levels are causing rough river conditions, which could potentially damage shore lines and

Council presents life jacket
Lake Sun Leader Sun, 26 Jun 2011 08:20 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Div. 30-5 held a drawing for a childâs lifejacket at a recent event, and Alexander Sanborn, 17 months, was the winner. He and his family were at the Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council meeting last week to receive the life jacket. 


Officials ramp up safety checks on water in anticipation of holiday weekend
KWWL Iowa Sun, 26 Jun 2011 08:50 AM PDT
Boating is the perfect way to enjoy an Iowa summer, but on July 1st, an important law change will make it safer. 



Fire and water
Greenwich Post Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:06 AM PDT
The Riverside Yacht Club held a free boater safety day for its members on June 18. Boaters received important safety information about keeping their lifejackets, flares and other emergency equipment updated, and were taught techniques to use in case of an emergency on the water. At left, Coast Guard Auxiliary Officer Bran Raskovic records information about the Westerlee owned by Verne Westerberg .


  Education and enforcement on the lake
Victorville Daily Press Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:39 AM PDT
SPRING VALLEY LAKE San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials will, for the first time, take to Spring Valley Lake this weekend to enforce boating laws and community regulations, as well as provide residents with education on safe boating, officials said."This is usually one of the...


Life jackets available
Logan Herald-Observer & Woodbine Twiner Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:33 AM PDT
This year Harrison County Conservation Board is continuing to help keep children safe while on the water by participating in the Boat U.S. Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids! This program, made possible by the Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, allows boaters to borrow a childâs life jacket for the day or the weekend at no charge.


 Ramsey RNLI Lifeboat Launched
Manxnet Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:55 AM PDT
Ramsey RNLI lifeboat, the Ann and James Ritchie, was launched at 18:45 yesterday, Sunday, at the request of Liverpool Coastguard after a call for asking for medical advice had been received from a visiting yacht moored in Ramsey Bay


Boating traffic expected to peak this weekend
Post Searchlight
It's not a Thanksgiving holiday traffic jam; however, for America's boaters, it may as well be. Boat Owners Association of The United States says the July 4th holiday is expected to bring record numbers of boaters to the water, jamming lakes, ...


Boating alert: Beware the invasive mussels
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BOB NORBERG With the boating season ramping up, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino are being closely monitored for invasive species of mussels infesting lakes and rivers in Southern California and Nevada. Neither lake is yet subject to the tough ...


MD to step up boating safety efforts after 12 die this boating season
ABC2 News
But if you look at a lot of boaters they're life vest naked. That's something that drives folks in the department of natural resources nuts. Because a ten dollar vest or a 40 dollar one could save their life. “The A number one thing for safety is to ...

Boater Education:

DIY Sailboat Rigging Inspection Class
Annapolis Capital
Please join us for DIY's latest Skills Class in Annapolis, which will teach you how to inspect your standing rigging—including a live demonstration of how to go up the mast safely. Learn common wear points and get your questions answered by a pro. .

Lake Havasu Todays News Herald
Today's News-Herald Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:23 PM PDT
Lake Havasu Marine Association has secured the opportunity for Lake Havasu City residents to earn their U.S. Coast Guard Captains license after piquing the interest of a California-based maritime school that is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard


Free LA State Approved Boating Safety Course Online
KTAL Shreveport Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:28 AM PDT
State agencies in the ArkLaTex want to prevent future boating tragedies.


Youth Operators Need the Minnesota Online Boating Safety Course and Boating Exam
PRWeb Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:28 AM PDT
Boat-Ed.com helps Minnesota boaters get safe, get certified (PRWeb June 27, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/6/prweb8438440.htm 


Boating Safety Class To Be Held At Bradley County Sheriffâs Office
The Chattanoogan Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:27 AM PDT
The Bradley County Sheriffâs Office is holding a one-day boater safety course to enable those 11 years old and older to acquire the necessary certification to operate a boat or personal watercraft on the stateâs waterways.



Fatalities:


'I have never seen anything like this '
Annapolis Capital
On Thursday afternoon, Constants drowned in the Severn River when her Club 420 sailboat capsized near the Naval Academy during a lesson with the Severn Sailing Association Junior Sailing Program. The Broadneck High sophomore-to-be was wearing a trapeze

Delaware man, 27, dies in boating accident in Cecil County
Baltimore Sun Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:48 AM PDT
Delaware resident, 27, fell into water Friday night A Delaware man died following a boating accident Friday evening in Cecil County, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. 


NEW INFORMATION: One person dead after boating accident in Lake Holcombe
WEAU-TV 13
Deputies say passengers on the boat and the tuber were taken to East Bay Resort by other boaters and met with EMS personnel. The tuber was pronounced dead at the scene by the Chippewa County coroner. The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and


Bear man drowns in mooring basin on the eve of Canal Day
Cecil Whig Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:49 PM PDT
Police have identified the boater who drowned in the Chesapeake City mooring basin last night as Robert Vernon Baron of Bear. 


Boater dies in weekend's second deadly on-the-water accident
Cecil Whig
Two of Baron's shipmates jumped into the basin waters, which were filling up with boaters looking to get an early start on Canal Day festivities, but could not find him. Divers found Baron's body almost three hours later, and it has been sent for an




 
Kayaker dies on Eagle River
Summit Daily News Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:37 AM PDT
EAGLE, Colorado  A kayaker died after his boat overturned on the Eagle River on Saturday, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. The 911 call came in just before 2:30 p.m. after the kayaker  who was boating with two friends overturned near the Eagle County Fairgrounds.


Man, 45, Dies In Boating Accident On Elk River
CBS Baltimore Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:05 AM PDT
Authorities say a Westminster man died in a boating accident on the Elk River near North East. 


Young driver in fatal boat accident in Holcombe had completed safety course
Chippewa Herald
A 14-year-old was driving a boat with three adult passengers, pulling a commercially-made tube with an adult male rider wearing a personal floatation device. The boat was navigating through the pillars under County M, just north of Holcombe Dam,



Elgin man drowns after jumping in lake near Antioch
Chicago Daily Herald
Sanchez had jumped into the lake from a boat about 6 pm Saturday, Lake County sheriff's police said. He struggled in the water, however. Relatives in the boat threw Sanchez a life vest, but he couldn't grab it and went under, sheriff's Lt. Christopher

Missing boater found dead on Lake Dauterive
WAFB Baton Rouge Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:45 PM PDT
The body of a missing boater has been found on Lake Dauterive. He was reported missing late Saturday and his body was found early Sunday afternoon


Former Chesley man drowns
Owen Sound Sun Times Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:29 AM PDT
A former Chesley man died in a boating accident while trying to save a friend Friday off Howe Island in the St. Lawrence River. Mark Van Sickle, 40, of Stouffville, was pronounced dead at Kingston General Hospital on Friday.[...


Official: Boat capsizes in Congo; 19 believed dead
The Seattle Times
An official in northeast Congo says 19 people are believed dead after a boat capsized on Lake Albert. The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article. An official in northeast Congo says 19 people are believed dead after a boat .

Deadly weekend at Canyon Lake
YNN Austin Mon, 27 Jun 2011 20:12 PM PDT
Dive teams Monday recovered the body of 27-year-old Maurice Hamilton who drowned in Canyon Lake over the weekend. Hamilton was rafting with his 5-year son when the raft overturned. The boy was wearing a life vest and rescued. Two other men drowned in Canyon Lake earlier Saturday in a separate incident. Authorities want swimmers to remember to use caution when cooling off this summer. 


Missing boaterâs body recovered
Soundings Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:15 PM PDT
The Connecticut State Police Marine Unit discovered the body of Francis Closter III in Long Island Sound over the weekend. Francis Closter III, 63, of Little Meadow Road in Haddam, had been missing since his 34-foot sailboat was discovered floating off the coast of Long Island


Missing:


Franklin Co., Ind., search and rescue scuba teams looking for missing boater
WHAS TV11 Louisville Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:44 PM PDT
(WHAS11)  In Franklin County, Indiana, search crews are looking for a missing boater. Indiana Conservation officers say a 51-year-old man jumped from a boat into the water near the Bonwell boat ramp at Brookville Reservoir, but never came back up. Saturday morning, search and rescue scuba teams went looking for the missing boater, but have still not found any evidence of him.


Search for man overboard Sydney yacht
Ninemsn
A major air and sea search is under way for a man missing overboard from a yacht sailing off Sydney's northern beaches. A mayday call was made from the yacht sailing off Collaroy about 1.20pm (AEST) on Sunday, police said. A woman on board the yacht ...

Coast Guard continues search for missing man who fell from boat in Barnegat Bay
Asbury Park Press
BERKELEY — Authorities searched Saturday night and Sunday for a man who went missing after he and another passenger fell out of a speed boat in the Tices Shoal section of Barnegat Bay, near Berkeley Island State Park. State Police received a call .

 Coast Guard, others searching for missing boater
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:58 PM PDT
Authorities were continuing a search late Sunday night for an unidentified man reported to have fallen out of a small aluminum boat into Tomales Bay


MISSING BOATER IS A U.S.C.G. MEMBER STATIONED IN ATL. CO.
NBC40 South Jersey Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:05 PM PDT
BARNEGAT LIGHT--The United States Coast Guard was searching for one of their own who went overboard this weekend in Barnegat Bay


Other Boating Accidents:


Nighttime kayaker rescued off Richmond
The Montclarion Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:36 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off his kayak in the waters near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and Red Rock Island early Saturday morning, officials said. 


Yacht crew plucked to safety
North Devon Gazette & Advertiser Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:19 AM PDT
THE RAF Chivenor helicopter was called in to rescue the crew of a yacht stuck on a sandbank in the Bristol Channel yesterday (Friday) afternoon. Swansea Coastguard sent the RNLI lifeboat from Penarth and the independent lifeboat from Portishead to the scene.


Two women die as boat capsizes in Sindh river
PTI via Yahoo! India News Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:57 AM PDT
Srinagar, June 25 (PTI) Two women died today after their raft capsized in Sindh river in Kashmir''s Sonamarg resort, police said today. Naseema and Mubeena died after their boat capsized in the river as they were rafting at Sonamarg, 85 kms from here, SP of Ganderbal district Imtiyaz Hussain said. Women were teachers at Sindh Valley Educational Institute at Kangan and were accompanying their ...


Girl Seriously Injured In Boating Accident
WSOC Charlotte
MOORESVILLE, NC -- Officers in Mooresville said they were investigating a serious boating accident on Lake Norman. The accident happened Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of people attending an event called Lake Bash XXI.

Three rescued after boat capsizes off coast of Rye
Foster's Daily Democrat
BOSTON — Three Stratford, NH, men are safe after being rescued by a US Coast Guard crew when their 18-foot boat capsized about a mile off the coast of Rye on Friday. The Rye Fire Department contacted Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor around 10:30 ...

Struggling Boater Draws 911 Call
WPBF Palm Beach Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:54 PM PDT
A man fishing in Lake Mangonia struggles in the water for a short time on Saturday afternoon after his canoe capsized


Sailor rescues capsized boater
WPEC
When the boater realized he was stuck he began calling for help. Though the lake's water level is low the boater was out far enough for the water to reach over his head. "He was screaming and screaming for help," recalls another witness. 


 Oregon coast: rescue for man who rolled watercraft
KMTR Eugene Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:58 PM PDT
The Coast Guard says it has rescued a 69-year-old man who rolled and stalled his personal watercraft on the Oregon coast near the entrance to Nestucca Bay.


Narrow escape for Omar''s wife, 2 children after raft overturns
PTI via Yahoo! India News Sun, 26 Jun 2011 08:15 AM PDT
Kullu(HP), June 26 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah''s wife and two sons had a narrow escape today when their raft overturned on the Beas river in this tourist town in Himachal Pradesh, police said today. Payal Abdullah and her sons Zahir and Zamir had no injuries and are safe and sound, according to SP(Kullu) Abhishek Dular. The three had come here for rafting. Dular told .


Boating Accident on Lake Sonoma Injures 7-Year-Old
Patch.com
By Angela Hart | Email the author | 12:21pm The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is investigating a boating accident that severely cut up a 7-year-old boy's legs Saturday afternoon, the Press Democrat is reporting. The family, from San Francisco,

Authorities searching for boater in hit and run accident on Smith Mtn. Lake
WDBJ 7 Roanoke Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:14 AM PDT
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Law Enforcement Division is investigating a hit and run boating accident that occurred on Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday, June 26, 2011.


Ukrainian yacht crew rescues Russian officer in Black Sea
KYIV Post Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:46 AM PDT
The crew of the Ukrainian Antika yacht participating in the Crimea Cup 2011 rescued a man who had fallen overboard, Ukrainian Navy spokesman Capt. 1st Class Oleh Chubuk told Interfax


LDWF Arrests Boaters Accused of Driving Drunk
KATC Lafayette News
In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested 10 boaters statewide for driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26. In the southern part of the state agents ..

Coast Guard rescues man from Lake Erie near Geneva State Park
News-Herald.com
By Jeffrey L. Frischkorn A boat crew from US Coast Guard's Station Ashtabula and an air crew from US Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescued a 55-year-old male Monday morning in Lake Erie, about two miles from Geneva State Park. ...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News

Sorry, I have not been posting for a while.  I have been ill.  I hope no one else gets this it really puts you down.

The following is for Thursday and Friday, June  23 and 24, 2011

Boating News:


70-Year-Old Begins Rowing from Newport to Japan
The Log Newspaper
NEWPORT BEACH -- While transforming a 30-foot sailboat into a customized rowboat for trekking across the Pacific Ocean may sound like a crazy idea, for Ikuo Tateo, it's actually a step back from some of his previous voyages


Boat decals expire June 30
The Whidbey Examiner Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:18 AM PDT
Summer boating is right around the corner but so is the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals. In Washington, all boat registrations expire on June 30


Emergency special boating rule in effect
Williston Herald Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:28 AM PDT
Effective immediately, there is an idle speed only rule for all vessels operating on the Little Muddy River from the White Bridge, located northeast of the city of Williston, to the mouth of the Little Muddy in the Missouri River southeast of the city of Williston and then on the Missouri River from that point west to the Williston water treatment plant located southwest of the city of Williston ..


AP briefs: Same Sex Marriage | Power Plants | Coach Convicted | Champlain ...
North Country Public Radio
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Boaters can once again cross from Quebec into Vermont and New York on Lake Champlain. The office of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the Canada Border Services Agency opened its Richelieu Port of Entry this week.


E-15 coming … boaters beware
Tallahassee.com
For boaters it's more serious. If your engine (both outboard and inboard) was made after … umm … tomorrow, you're SOL. Many manufacturers won't even warranty new motors if E-15 fuel is used in them. The list of problems caused by this blend is long ..
 

Boating Safety News:

TWRA cracks down on impaired boaters
Sparta Expositor
By Greg England Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency law enforcement officers will participate in Operation Dry Water and will be out in force June 24-26 looking for boaters whose Blood Alcohol Content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

Coast Guard makes rescues, stresses boater safety
WTVG
It's a lot of fun to get out on the water, but, as several boaters learned this week, it can be dangerous. On Tuesday, two boats had some trouble in Point Place. Residents along the lake there say the driver of the first boat ran out of gas, ...

Boater-Activated Foghorn Changes Channel
The Log Newspaper
MISSION BAY -- The Coast Guard has announced a new VHF radio channel for boaters to use, to switch on Mission Bay's boater-activated foghorn at the end of the jetty. Do-It-Yourself Signal – Boaters can activate the user-controlled fog signal at the

Sasser: Learning to back trailer should be at front of boater's to-do list
Dallas Morning News (subscription)
Too many boaters do not know how to effectively back a boat trailer. There's a reason you seldom see a fishing boat jackknifed on the ramp. Fishing is a year-round Texas sport, and anglers get a lot of practice launching and retrieving their boats.

Coast Guard cracking down on boating and drinking
WTKR Norfolk Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:58 AM PDT
The Coast Guard will be searching for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the national limit of .08 percent. 


MD drunken boating crackdown part of US program
Washington Examiner Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:23 AM PDT
Maryland Natural Resources Police say they will be cracking down on drunken boating this weekend. Police say they will be participating in Operation Dry Water, a national program to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking while boating. In addition to NRP officers, the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will be looking for alcohol violations, targeting areas where boating and 


Va. authorities cracking down on drunken boaters
Washington Examiner Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:09 AM PDT
Virginia authorities will be cracking down on drunken boaters this weekend. Conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be patrolling the state's waterways, setting up checkpoints and performing breath tests over the weekend. It is part of Operation Dry Water, a national effort coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law ... 


Ohio asks boaters to stay dry
Columbus Dispatch
State watercraft officers are warning boaters to keep their vessels dry. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft officers, along with the US Coast Guard and local marine patrols, will step up enforcement of drunken boating and other

Rescuing Stranded Boaters & Issuing Speeding Tickets - Life On A Police Boat ...
Patch.com
All three of the full-time officers have their boating licenses and are experienced boaters – having owned a boat or having grown up in a boating family. “A lot of what I am teaching them deals with the idiosyncrasies of the Clinton Harbor,” said Eagan ..

Playing by therules
smithmountainlake.com
Fisher said VDGIF has seen a decrease in the number of accidents and fatalities across the state since the boater-education law went into effect. The law, which began its phase-in process in 2009, will require compliance from all PWC and motorboat



Resist the boat drinks
The Capital Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:06 AM PDT
There may be plenty of drunken sailors in American folklore. But there better not be any on the Chesapeake Bay or other local waterways this weekend. The Maryland Natural Resources Police - along with the U.S. Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies - are ramping up enforcement of boating-under-the-influence laws starting Friday through Sunday. This is part of a nationally coordinated ..


Sobriety Check For Boaters At Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake This Weekend
Beverly Hills Courier Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:40 AM PDT
Boaters at Castaic Lake and Pyramid Lake can expect traffic stops and boating under the influence sobriety check points this weekend, sheriffs' officials announced today.

Get the picture?  Don't Drink and Drive. Don't drink and operate a boat!   I could have posted the same news item for every state and many local jurisdictions, but I think these make the point.

11th Wing Safety Office Tips — Boating safety for dummies
Capital Flyer
Although boating does not account for many mishaps in the Air Force, the potential for injury or death remains a concern. Boats are a fun resource for both transportation and recreation but, they can be dangerous if basic safety guidelines are not



Agents make boating safety arrests
The News Journal
We want to encourage boaters to enjoy and share all our waterways safely and responsibly, especially during the busy summer season,” said Sgt. Greg Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office. In a separate incident, agents responded to reports of a 


Boater Education:

High school students learn sailing
Topeka Capital Journal
Sarah Remry, left, chats with fellow Shawnee Heights High School Navy JROTC cadets Kelsey Warren, Garrett Morris and John Atkinson, right, while waiting for instructions before taking their sailboat out on Lake Shawnee Wednesday. .

Serving Niles since 1886
Niles Daily Star Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:28 PM PDT
Free boater safety classes, led by the Berrien County Sheriffâs Department Marine Division, will take place this summer at locations throughout the county. 


Boaters Prepare for New Hampshire In-Person Exam with Online Boating Safety Course and Boating Test
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:10 PM PDT
Boat-Ed.com is the exclusive online provider of New Hampshire's boater education course 


Boat-Ed.com Introduces New Louisiana Online Boating Safety Course and Boating ...
PR Web (press release)
With July 4 coming up, it's the perfect time to learn how to make Louisiana boating safer and more enjoyable. Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Louisiana safe boating course. At Boat-Ed.com (http://www.Boat-Ed.com/Louisiana) ...

Local boater launches 100th Smart Boating show
Beverly Citizen Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:16 PM PDT
Smart Boating TV show producer Paul Jermain on June 23 announced the release of the 100th program of the popular Smart Boating local public cable access TV show series. 


Carbon Monoxide:

 State Parks warns of carbon monoxide danger around boats
Sun Advocate Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:12 AM PDT
Be aware of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers while boating on Utah's waters. CO is a potentially deadly gas produced anytime a carbon-based fuel is burned, such as gasoline, propane, charcoal or oil. Utah State Parks boating ...



Fatalities:


Second Hawkesbury boater's body found
ABC Online
Police have found the body of a second man missing since a boating accident on the Hawkesbury River nearly a fortnight ago. Two men went missing and a third was rescued after their dinghy capsized at Wisemans Ferry, north-west of Sydney, on June 12. ..

Deputies find body of missing boater
Shreveport Times
Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies recovered the body of missing boater around 7 am today, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The cause of death for the boater, 37-year-old Brian Smith, will be determined by the Caddo coroner. ..

Teen girl dies during sailing lesson in Md.
Washington Post (blog)
Investigators believe a harness she was wearing became entangled in the rigging of the sailboat. The girl was trapped underwater for several minutes before an instructor from the Severn Sailing Association was able to free her.

Authorities ID Montgomery, Marbury man killed in boating accident
Montgomery Advertiser
Chilton County Sheriff's Office The Chilton County Sheriff's Office has identified two men who died in a boating accident late Tuesday night. John L. Tice Jr. of Montgomery and Jason P. Thomas of Marbury both were pronounced dead on the scene after ...

Missing:


Boater missing on river
The Montana Standard Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:06 PM PDT
Search and rescue personnel watch Thursday on Brownâs Bridge south of Melrose while others comb the river for a man missing after his raft overturned.
 
Other Boating Accidents :


Yacht burns near Coronado Bay Bridge
SignOnSanDiego.com
By Gustavo Solis A 47-foot yacht caught fire in San Diego Bay just south of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Wednesday morning. Harbor Police sent three fireboats to extinguish the fire and assist any people in the yacht, named It's Complicated, ...

Missing boater found on Slocan Lake
Kelowna Capital News Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:37 PM PDT
A 56-year-old man is in hospital with hypothermia after a night out on Slocan Lake. RCMP say Wednesday evening, the man of no fixed address and a friend travelled from Silverton to New Denver on a 14-foot aluminum boat with an electric trolling motor


News round-up
Whitehaven News Thu, 23 Jun 2011 06:40 AM PDT
LIFEBOATS were launched after a distress call was made by a yacht taking in water off the Cumbrian coast. The crew of the apparently stricken vessel raised the alarm six miles off St Bees at 2.25pm on Thursday. The boat was towed back to Whitehaven by another yacht and then the lifeboat. 


Boat capsizes Wednesday in Yaquina Bay
Newport News-Times Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:47 AM PDT
After responding to a distress call from a boater in Yaquina Bay on Wednesday afternoon, the Coast Guard said a hole in the bow of the craft caused it to take on water. The boater was out of the water and up on the South Jetty by the time the Coast Guard arrived, according to Petty Officer Wilson. 


3 rescued after lobster boat capsizes
Seacoastonline.com
By Elizabeth Dinan RYE — A lobster boat out of Portsmouth capsized off the coast of Rye Friday morning after getting caught on trap lines, then hit by a large wave, said Rye Fire Lt. Ron Hordon. Before they were rescued, three yet-to-be identified ...