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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Stricter customs rules rock Canadian boat owners
St. Catharines Standard
While the law has long been in effect, Watson and other boaters interviewed say it's common knowledge that it wasn't previously enforced if a boater hadn't actually landed on the US side. But technically, failure to report by making a call to at least .

Zusman: Boaters asked to help curb sewage
The Star-Ledger - (blog)
By Charles Zusman/New Jersey Boating The traveling public these days is familiar with the admonition “If you see something say something.” Boaters can heed the same advice when it comes to spotting sewage discharges in the water.

Boating Safety News:

New law looks to educate and protect more boaters
Before you launch your boat into the water this weekend, you should know about a new state law passed by the Texas legislature that requires more people to take a boater safety education course. "You learn about the different parts of the boat, ...

 Sea Tow offers online seamanship tips
Soundings Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:03 PM PDT
Sea Tow Services International created an online channel for boaters called "Sea Tow Captainâs Corner," hosted by the website BoatingLocal supplies Northeastern boating enthusiasts with breaking news, product reviews and up-to-date fishing information targeted to their interests. 

Footnote: How many people die in boating crashes in Wisconsin?
Capital Times
How many people die in boating crashes each year in Wisconsin, and how many of those are due to collisions? A: Eighteen people died in boating-related incidents in 2010, about average for the last 10 years, according to statistics kept by the Bureau o

BOATERS BEWARE: Cops will be on the water Big Time for Seafair
Sky Valley Chronicle
(LAKE WASHINGTON) -- One of the largest “boater impaired” police emphasis patrols in the country will get underway on Lake Washington August 5-7 just inm time for boating crowds taking in the Seafair celebration events. The object is to keep boaters

Guest Column: Safe boating
Historic City News
Among the top recreational opportunities is both saltwater and freshwater boating. There are very few places in Florida where boats can be launched on the Intracoastal Waterway with access to the ocean and then just a couple of dozen miles to the west ..

Drinking, boating can be deadly mix
Charlotte Observer
A driver is boating while impaired if his blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent or greater. The worst-case scenario is a deadly wreck, like the one that happened in Lexington, SC, last week. A couple was killed when their boat hit a dock on Lake

Boater Education:

Local News in Brief
North Platte Telegraph Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:22 AM PDT
Telegraph staff reports Boating safety test to be offered in N. Platte A boating safety exam will be at the Nebraska Game and Parks District Office at 301 East State Farm Road in North Platte on July 27, according to Scott Eveland, boating safety officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

NASBLA appoints Cindy Kalkomey of to National Education Standards Panel
PRWeb Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:12 AM PDT
Cindy Kalkomey of has been appointed to the National Association of State Boating Law Administratorsâ new National Education Standards Panel. The 15-member panel will review, develop and revise the national boating education standards. (PRWeb July 30, 2011) Read the full story at 

NH Boating Expert Named To National Panel
WMUR New Hampshire Sat, 30 Jul 2011 06:34 AM PDT
A boating specialist at the New Hampshire Department of Safety is named to a new National Education Standards Panel by an organization of state boating law administrators.


Nine die as party boat sinks in Moscow river
The Independent
By Shaun Walker in Moscow Nine people died early yesterday when an overcrowded party boat crashed into a docked barge on the Moscow river and sank. The accident comes three weeks after the sinking of a cruise ship prompted President Dmitry Medvedev to .

Haiti hunts for survivors after boat sinks; 12 die
The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti say they are looking for survivors from a sailboat that sank off the country's northern coast, killing at least 12 people. A Friday statement from Interior Minister Paul-Antoine Bien-Aime says police

Man presumed drowned after rafting accident
ABC Montana Sat, 30 Jul 2011 06:06 AM PDT
MISSOULA - Missoula County authorities say a Missoula man is missing and presumed drowned after a weekend rafting accident on the Blackfoot River. Sheriff Mike McMeekin says the man likely drowned after the raft in which he was riding capsized Saturday evening near Bonner. 

One dead and two injured after boating accident
"Based on impact, they hit it at a fair, but undetermined speed." Twamley is not saying whether alcohol or speed was a factor in the collision. Twamley said the tragic incident is a reminder for boaters to be extra cautious during the busy summer

Boating Accident Kills Teenager, Officials Say
By Hoa Nguyen An 18-year-old New York woman has died as a result of a boating accident on Lake Lillinonah in Newtown Saturday, officials said. The teenager, who was from Yonkers, was not being identified pending familiy notification, officials said.

Pair jump from boat 1 makes it to shore
According to Michigan State Police, Acel William Reinhard and a 15-year-old boy jumped into the water from a pontoon boat they were on. According to police the pair were going to swim to the lakes public beach. The teen made it too the beach, ...

Search continues for apparent drowning victim in Lake Minnetonka
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:34 AM PDT
The search continued Sunday for a man who apparently drowned at Lake Minnetonka Saturday night. A Twin Cities man in his 40s was last seen in Wayzata Bay, where he was boating with friends. 

Manchester Man Drowns In Massachusetts
WMUR New Hampshire Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:19 AM PDT
Massachusetts State Police say a 58-year-old Manchester man drowned while boating in a park in the Nickerson State Forest. 

Yonkers woman killed in Conn. boating accident
The Journal News Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:06 AM PDT
HARTFORD, Conn. - An 18-year-old Yonkers woman was killed in a water skiing accident Saturday on Lake Lillinona in Newtown, Conn., the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said yesterday.

 Woman, 49, struck, killed while swimming in lake
Chicago Tribune
According to Whorley, 49-year-old Cynthia Hiszak of Temperance was out boating on the lake with her husband James. The undersheriff says a boat driven by 48-year-old James Jonassen of Hillsdale struck Hiszak and then the couple's boat.

Boating Accidents:

Boater rescued from Chincoteague Bay
Delmarva Now
CHINCOTEAGUE -- Coast Guard crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, NC, and Station Chincoteague rescued a personal watercraft operator in Chincoteague Bay on Wednesday morning. At approximately 8 pm Tuesday, a friend reported Thomas Baty was overdue .

Man, boy rescued on Lake Simcoe
The Barrie Advance
Just before 7 pm Tuesday, South Simcoe Police were notified that two people had been rescued from Lake Simcoe by a passing boater. The boater located the pair floating in the water about 1000 feet away from the shore near Lefroy. The boater transported ..

Boaters treated for carbon monoxide
The Toledo Blade Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:07 AM PDT
CURTICE, Ohio Five people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning early Saturday morning after staying on a boat in the Cooley Canal Yacht Club in Curtice. 

9 rescued from sinking boat in Lake Michigan
Chicago Tribune
AP The US Coast Guard rescued six children and three adults from a sinking boat in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee. Petty Officer Sam Burnside says he helped responded to the call at about 10:30 am Saturday. He says the transom, where the motor is mounted ...

 OWL VFD Battles Boat Fire at Hoffmaster's Marina
By Lauren Jost Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a boat fire at Hoffmaster's Marina located at 1214 Swan Point Road, Woodbridge at 9:33 pm Friday. OWL Engine 502 and Engine 514 arrived on the scene within ...

People rescued from sinking boat in harbor near Canton
Baltimore Sun
A 911 call that came around 4:50 pm reported a sinking boat near the Bo Brooks Restaurant & Catering, Cartwright said. A rescue boat, a fire engine and a medic were dispatched to the scene. But by the time the rescue arrived, one of Baltimore city's

Marine Rescue Cottage Point in night time yacht rescue
Last night (Saturday 30th July) at 5:15pm, just as the Marine Rescue base at Cottage Point was about to close for the night, a call came in from the Water Police with a task to assist a yacht which was reported aground at Half Tide Rocks.

Wallaceburg Boater Charged
Chatham Daily News
By The boater failed to stop for police on the Sydenham River near Wallaceburg Friday night. According to Inspector Tim Mifflin of the Chatham-Kent Police Service, the boater veered at the police boat at one point causing ...

WHALE OF A TALE Humpback sinks sailboat
Juneau Empire
By Pat Forgey Ken Pierce isn't calling his sailboat “Ishmael” anymore. A breaching humpback whale smashed up into his boat just off Hoonah earlier this month, breaking the fiberglass hull and sinking it within five minutes.

Two boats capsize near Longtail Beach
The capsized vessels included a boat and a sailboat. Officials with the Green Bay Coast Guard Station said a rescue boatcrew rescued two people from the sailboat. The Coast Guard says a man and woman were pulled from the water. ...

8 rescued in capsizing near Strawberry Island
The Buffalo News Sun, 31 Jul 2011 04:18 AM PDT
Good Samaritans from two boats rescued eight people from the Niagara River after a vessel capsized Saturday night just south of Strawberry Island. The U. S. Coast Guard received a report of a capsized vessel just before 9 p. m. and sent out an alert.

Boat Sinks in Burnham Harbor, 1 Injured
Chicagoist Sun, 31 Jul 2011 06:54 AM PDT
Last night's capsizing of a boat carrying 22 people is a reminder to exercise some caution when boating on Lake Michigan.

NZ tourist nearly loses hand in yachting accident
The New Zealand Herald Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:26 AM PDT
A New Zealand woman holidaying in Croatia is lucky to still have her left hand after she almost severed it in a freak accident.The 28-year-old, understood to be called Amy, was on board a yacht in Palmizana Marina at the Pakleni

9 people rescued from sinking boat
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A boater and his 83-year-old father rescued nine passengers of a sinking boat about two miles outside the Milwaukee breakwater Saturday in Lake Michigan. The man, Doug Pattengale of Norway, Wis., said he was docking his boat after fishing about 10:30 .

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

 News Item of the Day:

Fatal sailboat accident blamed on overloading, equipment problems
KUSISAN DIEGO (CNS) - A police investigation into a sailboat accident that killed a 73-year-old man and his middle-aged son last spring during a group outing on San Diego Bay concluded that the vessel capsized because it was overloaded and improperly maintained and equipped, authorities reported Wednesday.
The safe occupancy limit of the 26-foot 1988 MacGregor-model boat was exceeded by the 10 people aboard when it tipped over between Shelter and Harbor islands early on the evening of March 27, according to the San Diego Harbor Police Department.
Boating News:

New London has a yacht-filled weekend
New London will be ship-shape this weekend when the New York Yacht Club's Summer Cruise to the US Coast Guard Academy brings more than 100 vessels here. The sailing yachts and power boats will be moored at the Coast Guard Academy and at the Custom 

Changes proposed for border
Brockville Recorder and Times
A "modernization" of the Canadian regulations has also been introduced, Brown said, wherein boaters leaving Canada and returning can notify border authorities by cell phone of their intentions. Saying the current Customs Act regulations are "under

Owens, Canadian MP Tell Security Services to Change Lake and River Border Policy or They Will Try to Force Change
Oswego County Today Thu, 28 Jul 2011 06:28 AM PDT
North Country Congressman Bill Owens is working to eliminate a new problem thatâs threatening tourism and recreational boating on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Owens (D-Plattsburgh) and Canadian Member of Parliament Gordon Brown are preparing to sponsor legislation in their respective houses that would allow boaters to cross the U.S./Canada border in open waters 

Independence and empowerment through sailing
Tampa Bay Newspapers
People with severe autism are calm for weeks after a Sailability sailboat trip. Sailability is a nonprofit organization based out of the Clearwater Community Sailing Center that allows people with disabilities the opportunity to either be taken for a ..

Grants available for boating facilities
The Jacksonville Daily News Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:23 AM PDT
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for federal fiscal year 2012. BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for...

No boating on dam in Marshall County
Dennis Daugaard has enacted a no boating zone. The no boating zone will be in effect for White Lake, six miles east and four and one-half miles north of Britton in Marshall County. The order will remain in effect until rescinded by Daugaard.

Power boat use drops, paddlers increase
Tahoe Daily Tribune
If the waters of Lake Tahoe seem a little less choppy from boat wakes, they likely are. While the popularity of paddling sports continues to increase, power boat use is decreasing locally and state wide. The number of boats in spected at the lake fell .

Boating Safety News:

Fireworks mistaken for flares: Coast Guard
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:09 AM PDT
What was intended as nighttime entertainment in the form of fireworks and small hot air balloons known as Chinese lanterns are being mistaken by some people as marine distress flares, causing extra work for the Coast Guard.

Call for lifejacket regulations
Cambridge Times
The long weekend is here, and local waterways will be filled with boaters and swimmers. Already this summer, 54 people have drowned in Ontario, 20 of them while boating. None of those 20 people were wearing a life jacket. Last summer, 22 out of the 23 ..

Beach buoys: Do you know what they mean?
Younger boaters do need a license, and the first step is taking a boater safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Sgt. Bruening says the most common infraction on Collier's waterways is speeding. ..

Free boat safety inspections tomorrow in Newport News
13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:45 AM PDT
NEWPORT NEWS -- Before you head out on the water, you can have the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Newport News Police Marine Patrol do a free boat safety inspection. Go to the Community Outreach Center on Warwick Blvd. between 9:00 a.m. and Noon Saturday. Boats meeting all safety requirements will get a decal indicating they have met all the requirements of the inspection, officials stated. 

Penashue Speaks on SAR Privatization Concerns
Voice of the Common Man Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:40 AM PDT
The province's representative in the federal cabinet has put the lie to the rumour that some coast guard search and rescue services are under the threat of privatization. Peter Penashue told VOCM Open Line with Randy Simms there is no change being contemplated for the coast guard

When boating, safety is first
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
In light of recent boating deaths, area and state officials are stressing the importance of safety and good judgment on the water. By Matt Erickson Often, it's the little things boaters never think of. Keeping people from sitting on the bow or gunwales .

Long Weekend Boaters Offered Warning
102.1 CJCY-FM
If you're caught without an operators card for boating, BoatSmart Canada says it is a minimum $250 fine. Nothing but sun is forecast for the August long weekend, and with that more people are bound to hit the lakes. But BoatSmart Canada reminds boaters ...

Boating: Take precaution with weather
By Frank Ferraiuolo Heavy winds (more than 15 miles per hour) or a forecast of rain makes for a poor boating day. Listen to the weather forecast before you leave the dock and remember small craft warning applies to all vessels less than 65 feet. .

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Local News in Brief
North Platte Telegraph Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:27 AM PDT
Telegraph staff reports Boating safety test to be offered in N. Platte A boating safety exam will be at the Nebraska Game and Parks District Office at 301 East State Farm Road in North Platte on July 27, according to Scott Eveland, boating safety officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

Short Tacks
The Capital Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:26 AM PDT
Safety at sea The Storm Trysail Club-Chesapeake Station will conduct a Safety-at-Sea seminar for junior sailors on Aug. 17 with Annapolis Yacht Club serving as host. Youngsters aged 12-18 are invited to attend the seminar, which will include an introduction to sailing aboard big boats. Participants will be divided into three teaching groups - beginner dinghy, intermediate and advanced. Elements .


Man Dies While Riding Jet Ski
KMGH 7 Denver Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:36 AM PDT
A 32-year-old man has died while riding a Jet Ski on Carter Lake. 

Missing boater's body found east of Presque Isle's North Pier Lighthouse
By RON LEONARDI, Erie Times-News US Coast Guard crews and other water rescue teams found the body of a missing 27-year-old man late Wednesday just east of Presque Isle State Park's North Pier Lighthouse. Divers recovered the body just before midnight

Second victim of boating accident found
The Franklin County Times Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:13 AM PDT
The body of a second man killed in a boating accident Tuesday was found early Thursday morning in an area that searchers had been concentrating on. Authorities said the body of Billy Harris, 62, of Bear Creek, was discovered by Alabama Marine Police about 6:30 a.m. 

One dead, another injured in Lake Powell boating incident
ABC 4 Salt Lake City Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:50 AM PDT
PAGE, Ariz. (ABC 4 News) - National Park officials say a fifteen year-old boy scout from Hurricane, Utah was killed in a boating accident on Lake Powell Thursday night. NPS official say another scout and an adult were were also injured. According to NPS rangers from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a group of scouts and adults were riding in a boat back to camp in the dark after having .

Congo River Boating Accident Kills at Least 80 People, Red Cross Says
Bloomberg Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:55 AM PDT
At least 80 people are presumed dead after a boat accident in Democratic Republic of Congo, said Gyna Bafala, provincial secretary of the Congolese Red Cross.

UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 missing after rafting accident
KTVQ Billings Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:19 PM PDT
BIG TIMBER - One man is dead and another missing after a raft carrying three people capsized on the Boulder River Thursday afternoon. 

Boating Accidents:

CG rescues boater in Chincoteague Bay
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WAVY) - Thomas Baty was left stranded overnight on his personal watercraft in Chincoteague Bay before Coast Guard crews from Air Station Elizabeth City and Station Chincoteague were able to respond. I was riding around with friends

Coast Guard assists boater after falling over Fairhaven boat
South Coast Today
BOSTON — An 18-year-old man was assisted by a US Coast Guard crew after he fell from a lobster boat off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in Lambert Cove today. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report from the Fairhaven fishing

Vancouver coast guard searching for vessel in distress Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:27 AM PDT
Coast guard officials in Vancouver have issued an alert for a vessel that reported it was about to be struck by a barge. 

Two charged with drunken boating on Candlewood Lake
Danbury News Times
State Environmental Conservation police charged two men with drunken boating on Candlewood Lake last weekend. On July 22, Kyle R. Kennedy, 21, of Danbury was arrested in the Echo Bay area of the lake on a charge of boating under the influence,

Three Rescued after Two Sailboats Capsize on Arkabutla Lake
The sheriff's department said life vests saved the sailors' lives. The sheriff's department said no boater had to go to the hospital, but they were shaken up. rtment said no boater had to go to the hospital, but they were shaken up.

Chesterfield teen injured in Oakland boating mishap
The Voice Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:17 AM PDT
A 15-year-old Chesterfield Township boy was injured Thursday evening after he was cut by a propeller of a boat that ran over him.

 Sheriff's office won't discipline deputy in boating accident
Palm Beach Post
By Alexandra Seltzer Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Cheryl Griffin will not be disciplined for a drunk boating accident last June that left her without her right arm, according to an internal affairs report released Friday.

Coast Guard tows boat back to Tillamook Bay
(AP) — The Coast Guard says one of its motor life boats has towed the 44-foot fishing vessel Dotsea Ann to Garibaldi Marina in Tillamook Bay on the north Oregon coast. The agency responded Thursday afternoon to a report that the boat with two people

Canoeing couple rescued after capsizing off Ipswich beach
The Salem News Fri, 29 Jul 2011 02:14 AM PDT
A couple canoeing off Pavilion Beach capsized yesterday afternoon and were rescued 15 minutes later by a passing boater. Both Ipswich police and fire responded swiftly to the emergency, police Sgt. Jonathan Hubbard said, but the couple were already safe by the time the police boat headed out. Moreover, other boaters, would-be rescuers, were responding to the mishap, which seemed to stem from the ..

Friday, July 29, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety News:

Spielberg Fined As His Yacht Hovers Too Close To Swimming Plebs
Nah, just a little yachting too close to the shore. Italian authorities near the posh island of Sardinia fined Spielberg 172 euros when his $360 million yacht edged a bit too close to swimmers near the beach. According to the (“hacking free“) Daily

Coast Guard reaches out for paddlesport safety
Grand Haven Tribune Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT
For the second consecutive year, the 9th Coast Guard District is observing âPaddles Up Great Lakesâ â an educational outreach campaign aimed at raising safe boating awareness among the regions paddlesport enthusiasts. The campaign began Saturday and culminates with the annual Paddles Up Niagara event on July 30 at Beaver Creek State Park in Grand Island, N.Y. read more

Boating reforms in Qld
Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace said a new boating licence class would also be introduced in January 2013 for larger recreational craft. "We've found that the larger boats, 12 metres and longer, are over-represented in serious marin

Boating deaths on the rise in summer months
The Franklin Sun
by Tom Bonnette - posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 @ 4:21 am Boating deaths are on the rise in Louisiana, with two bodies recently being pulled from the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge. Over the weekend, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and


Boater's Body Recovered in Snohomish County Lake
KIRO Seattle
Police divers recovered the body of a boater who fell in to a lake at Port Susan near Marysville Tuesday night. Snohomish County Sheriff's Rebecca Hover says the man was in a 12-14 foot aluminum boat on the small lake around 6.30PM

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-Body of missing boater recovered
The body was discovered Tuesday morning by friends of Rene Viau, 46. Viau fell overboard Saturday while riding in a motor boat near Ferrisburgh. The body was recovered by the state police and positively identified. An autopsy has been ordered to ..

WA teen's body recovered from Lake Roosevelt Spokane Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:45 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Lincoln County sheriff's rescue crews have recovered the body of a 19-year-old Odessa, Wash., man from the water near Lake Roosevelt's eastern shore. The sheriff's office believes Nicholas Campbell drowned Saturday evening while out boating with friends. Media outlets reports that officials say a friend of Campbell's suggested they jump in the water while the boat was 

One body found, one still missing after boating accident
The Franklin County Times Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:13 AM PDT
PHIL CAMPBELL â Franklin County rescuers have recovered the body of one of the two missing men who were thrown out of their boat Tuesday morning at the Mon Dye Bottoms and Cummings Creek area near Franklin 81 in Phil Campbell. 

2 die in boating accident
Times Daily
Wanda Hulsey, a sister of Billy and Jerry Harris, is comforted by her husband, Billy Wayne Hulsey, as he talks with another of her brothers, Johnny Harris. By Tom Smith MON DYE BOTTOMS - Two brothers who fished together several times most weeks drowned .

Investigators: Overcrowding and Vessel's Poor Condition Caused Boating Accident
San Diego 6
SAN DIEGO - Investigators of the March boating accident that killed two people off of Shelter Island say the vessel not only had too many people on board, but it was in bad condition. San Diego Harbor Police has been investigating the March 27 deadly .

Inquiry into fatal Wis. boat crash may take months
Fox News
Authorities in Wisconsin say it could take several months to reconstruct a high-speed boat collision that killed four people, including three groomsmen celebrating a weekend wedding. Chippewa County Undersheriff Eugene Gutsch says the extent of the ..

Police: Whaler may have run over other boat in fatal Navesink River collision
Asbury Park Press
MIDDLETOWN — A preliminary investigation is suggesting a 20-foot Boston Whaler piloted by a Middletown man on the Navesink River on Saturday night ran over a boat killing a Keansburg man who was at the helm, State Police said Wednesday.

Boating Accidents:

Cowes Lifeboat Races to Deal with Two Problem Yachts
Ventnor Blog (blog)
Cowes RNLI spent two and a quarter hours on the Solent yesterday with two different emergencies involving yachts. Just after 2pm Coastguards requested the lifeboat to track down a yacht in the western Solent which was transmitting a digital distress

Missing Virginia boater returns home safe
SHARPS, Va. - A man whose boat was found abandoned near the Rappahannock River is home and safe. The Coast Guard says 24-year-old Richard Davis returned home at about 3:30 am Tuesday. Crews from the Coast Guard and state and local agencies began a

Boater seriously injured on Blackwater River
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Emergency personnel used the Whiting Park facilities as an egress point to help reach the injured boater and transport him to the Life Flight helicopter positioned at Locklin Park. Kirkland indicated the boat was still at the accident site and it is

King William man charged in sailboat crash
Southside Sentinel Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:42 AM PDT
A July 14 boating accident in Fishing Bay off Deltaville has resulted in $100,000 damage to a 47-foot sailboat, reported John Bull of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). 

Two people injured in boating accident near Lomax
WGEM Quincy Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:34 AM PDT
HENDERSON COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -- All three people involved in a boating accident on the Mississippi River near Lomax have been found.

 Former Troy, Wallace softball player loses leg in fatal boating accident
The Republic
Two Fridays ago, the native of Pascagoula, Miss., was involved in a boating accident during a ride off the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a family friend, Richard Linton. According to published reports, they were both thrown from the boat, a 23-foot Sea .

Smith Mountain Lake boat blast blamed on fuel leak
Roanoke Times
Investigators this week determined that the explosion was fueled by gasoline vapors and sparked by the boat's engine, said Sgt. Karl Martin, a conservation police officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Lake George Crime
WRGB Albany Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:57 PM PDT
A boater from New Jersey is hospitalized in "critical but stable" condition after a serious crash on Lake George. The Lake George community dedicated the first of a series of concerts to Army Specialist Benjamin Osborn.

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety Alert !

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Message Relay from Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) and BoatUS:
This message is being forwarded to alert all boaters regarding shoaling in the Swinomish Channel. This information was provided in a Local Notice to Mariners but, since recreational boats are grounding on the shoals, we are putting this information out again for general distribution and posting in area marinas. The Local Notice to Mariners follows:
Numerous soundings of shoaling in theSwinomish Channel have been reported. The primary locations for the shoaling have been from the Swinomish Channel South Entrance, north to the vicinity of La Conner, WA.
Some depths have been reported as two (2) feet less than the charted depths. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this waterway due to the reported shoaling.
We also remind boaters to monitor the tides closely (the controlling depth for the channel is less than 5.5 - 6 ft). Some of the shoaling is near the center of this narrow waterway.
Kindly note that the US Coast Guard Navigation Center has an excellent site where you can sign up to have the Local Notice to Mariners e-mailed to you when it comes out every week. That site is:
We thank marina organizations for notifying their members, and marina managers for posting this alert and advising boaters heading this way to take extra caution transiting the Swinomish Channel.
Very respectfully,
Lyn McClelland
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Sector Puget Sound
Marina Outreach Program Manager

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Today in Keys History
Key West Citizen Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:10 PM PDT
20 YEARS AGO A man who started for Cuba on a Jet Ski was found after four days near the Dry Tortugas, where he ran out of gas. A Big Pine Key growth plan approved by the County Commission was... read more

Boater fine over border crossing irks Thousand Islands residents
CBC Ottawa Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:34 PM PDT
A group representing landowners from the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River said the fining of an American fisherman who strayed into Canadian waters near Gananoque, Ont., has created uncertainty on both sides of the border.

Tuesday: Owens Seeks Permanent End To Boating Dispute
WWNY - WNYF Watertown Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:23 AM PDT
North country Congressman Bill Owens and a Canadian legislator are proposing a permanent solution to a boating dispute between the two countries.

Boating Safety News:

Boating deaths statewide way up from last year
WWL First News
AP Reporting After fatal boat wrecks a month apart, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is launching a boater-safety campaign, distributing brochures to marinas and installing signs warning boaters to drive safely. One of the Jefferson Parish

DNR: Heat Wave Bringing More Boaters and More Accidents
Eastern Iowa News Now
In that case, Johnson says the boater nearly died after hitting a wave too fast. “When he landed, it resulted in him breaking several ribs and having some internal injuries as well.” The man was recently released from University of Iowa Hospitals and

Coast Guard steps up drunk boating citations on the Great Lakes
Superior Telegram
Trouble is, many of them are drinking and boating. Last Thursday alone, they handed out five “Boating Under the Influence” citations. In one case on Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard responded to a call of a boat taking on water.

Jefferson Parish plans boating safety info blitz after 2 fatal wrecks in a month
The Republic
After fatal boat wrecks a month apart, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is launching a boater-safety campaign, distributing brochures to marinas and installing signs warning boaters to drive safely. One of the Jefferson Parish accidents was among

Young Victim Honored As Boating Under The Influence Bill Signed Into Law
WJAC 6 Johnstown Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:56 PM PDT
The mother of a Centre County girl killed by an intoxicated boater was alongside Governor Tom Corbett on Monday, as legislation to stiffen DUI Boating penalties was signed into law on Monday.

Stay Away From Drugs, Alcohol While Boating
Ashland Current
The US Coast Guard urges boaters to refrain from using drugs and alcohol while boating. "Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous in addition to being illegal,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew White, assistant chief, ...

Boater Education:

Local News in Brief
North Platte Telegraph Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:50 AM PDT
Telegraph staff reports Boating safety test to be offered in N. Platte A boating safety exam will be at the Nebraska Game and Parks District Office at 301 East State Farm Road in North Platte on July 27, according to Scott Eveland, boating safety officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Landlubbers learn how to tack, jibe, steer on Oakland's Lake Merritt
San Jose Mercury News Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:35 AM PDT
OAKLAND -- Sheets are to the wind on a warm summer's day as a fleet of small sailing dinghies sets sail across Lake Merritt. Downtown Oakland's recreational centerpiece has recently been abuzz with activity as the Lake Merritt Boating Center hosts a variety of youth boating programs for the summer.


 Body of boater found, another boater still missing
WAFB Baton Rouge Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:30 PM PDT
Crews searched the Mississippi River between Donaldsonville and Baton Rouge Sunday for a missing Livingston boater after the body of his uncle was found by river workers

Boater's body found at Viking Lake
Dive teams found the body of a missing boater Sunday at Viking Lake State Park near Stanton, authorities said. John Carmichael, 63, of Red Oak was the victim, the Department of Natural Resources said. Karen Grimes, a DNR spokeswoman, said park visitors 

Fla. man was operating boat that crashed on Seneca Lake
Elmira Star-Gazette Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:52 AM PDT
A Florida man killed in a boating accident Saturday night on Seneca Lake was operating that boat... - 2:25 pm

 Boynton Beach man killed in NY boat crash
Sun-Sentinel Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:25 AM PDT
. Police say a 42-year-old Boynton Beach man has been killed in a boating accident on one of upstate New York's Finger Lakes. 

Man dies in Kern River after falling out of raft
CBS 47 Fresno Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:48 AM PDT
JOHNSONDALE, Calif. (AP)  Tulare County sheriff's officials say a 24-year-old man died in the Kern River after falling out of an inflatable raft. The man was rafting with a 14-year-old boy Sunday near the Gold Ledge Campground, southeast of Johnsondale. Around 2:15 p.m., campers reported seeing both of them fall out of the raft, which was secured by a rope to a tree on shore. Sheriff's deputies 

Lowell officer killed in boating accident
(NECN) - A local police department is mourning the loss of a fellow officer, after he jumped from a boat and never resurfaced. Charles Panek, 30, was enjoying a night out with family and friends on Saturday night, when he jumped from a moving boat in ..

Inquiry into Wis. boat crash that killed 3 groomsmen, injured groom-to-be ...
Washington Post
By AP, MILWAUKEE — Investigating a high-speed boat collision that killed four people, including three groomsmen celebrating a weekend wedding, could take several months, authorities said Monday. A deck boat with six people aboard slammed into a ...

One dead, one charged with drunk driving after fatal late-night boat crash in ...
New York Daily News
BY Philip Caulfield A New Jersey man was killed and another charged with drunk driving after 2 boats collided in the Navesink River late Saturday. Search crews like the one above found the man's body on Sunday morning. One man was killed and another

   Boat pilot did not see raft in fatal accident
Corning Observer
As would be expected, the Johnstons were sharing the waterway, including with a power boat that had four people aboard. But the day would turn tragic when a Red Bluff man died after he was struck by that same power boat while he drifted down the ..

Police believe body of missing boater found
State Police said this morning a body was found in Lake Champlain near Ferrisburgh. It is believed to be that of Rene Viau, who was involved in a boating accident over the weekend. Viau, 46, of Ferrisburgh, was thrown from a 16.5 foot aluminum boat ...

Body of boater recovered from the Sassafras River
Cecil Whig
The Maryland Department of Natural Resource Police searched the Sassafras River on Sunday for the body of a boater missing since Saturday. Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered the body of a 34-year-old West Chester, Pa., man in the Sassafras .

Missing boater's body found in Norris Lake
CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)- They finally recovered the body of their loved one-- 43-year-old Robert Ward. "It's a relief to us emergency personnel and also to the family it puts a closure to them." Ward disappeared two weeks ago

Woman cited in deadly boating crash
TMJ4 Milwaukee Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:46 AM PDT
A 52-year-old woman driving the pontoon boat from which a woman fell and died in Oconto County has received a citation for driving a boat under the influence of alcohol. 


 Coast Guard searches river for missing boater
The Capital Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:58 AM PDT
KENTMORE PARK, Md. (AP) â U.S. Coast Guard crews and local authorities are searching for a 34-year-old man whose boat was found adrift and unmanned on the Sassafras River on the Eastern Shore. Officials said Andrew Bauer's 8- to 10-foot vessel was found Saturday night in the Sassafras River between Ordinary Point and Kentmore Park. Bauer was reported to be wearing blue swimming trunks, no shirt .

Boating Accidents:

Boater charged with BUI after crash, rescue
The Post and Courier Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:27 PM PDT
A boat operator was charged with boating under the influence of alcohol after hitting a channel marker in Charleston Harbor early Sunday morning, according to the Coast Guard. 

Boater crashes into banks of Ohio River
WCPO Cincinnati Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:14 PM PDT
Lt. Jim Richmond of the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department said the driver was trying to beat the storm out, over-corrected and ended up on the shore

Drunken South Bend boater arrested shortly after midnight in Van Buren County
22 WSBT South Bend Sun, 24 Jul 2011 17:45 PM PDT
27-Year-Old South Bend Man Was Caught While Operating A 22-Foot Pleasure Boat On Gravel Lake In Porter Township An Indiana man was arrested for drunken boating on a Van Buren County lake shortly after midnight.

Police: Sleepy boater runs ashore off Flagler Beach
Daytona Beach News-Journal
People gather around a stranded fishing boat that washed up in the surf early Sunday morning in Flagler Beach. (NJ | David Massey) A large fishing boat attracted viewers Sunday on Flagler Beach after the driver fell asleep and the boat ran up on a

Two rescued near Sebastian Inlet after catamaran capsizes
Sebastian Sun
By Elliott Jones SEBASTIAN — Two unidentified people were rescued after their 21-foot catamaran sailboat capsized Sunday night in the ocean about 1 mile northeast of the Sebastian Inlet, according to US Coast officials. The two people were rescued ...

Nanaimo man charged with impaired boating in fireworks festival
Vancouver Sun
"Although this was the first person this summer apprehended for impaired boating since regular patrols commenced, it undoubtedly will not be the last. The message has got to get through that impaired driving, either in a car or boat, are unacceptable

Conservation Police find leak on exploded SML boat
"We were out in the water on the floats at the dock and I saw the boat going out and I didn't pay any attention to it. There was a pop. It was like a firecracker,” said Scalf. He says that's when six of the people jumped in the water, ...

Boater charged with alcohol offence
Chatham Daily News Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:32 PM PDT
A 51-year-old Harwich Township man faces a Liquor Licence Act offence after being stopped by the Chatham-Kent police Marine Unit while it was patrolling the Thames River Sunday afternoon

Police: DUI Boater Flees River Patrol
WLKY Louisville
According to arrest records, the officer gave chase in his boat, catching up to the boater about 1½ miles up the river. Police identified the boater as 20-year-old Phillip Davis of Jeffersonville, Ind. According to arrest records, Davis smelled

Two rescued from capsized sailboat in sound
The Outer Banks Voice
A couple was rescued from a capsized sailboat in the Albemarle Sound early Tuesday after a neighbor reported they had not returned when thunderstorms moved across the area. Washington County dispatchers told the Coast Guard a little after 8 pm Monday

Boat mysteriously capsizes off South Milwaukee Yacht Club
TMJ4 Milwaukee Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:22 AM PDT
MILWAUKEE -- Coast Guard Station Lake Michigan Petty Officer Richard Hynson says it does not appear that anyone was in a bass boat when it capsized on Lake Michigan Saturday morning

Rafting party rescued after becoming stranded on island in Yellowstone River
KTVQ Billings Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:57 PM PDT
A rafting party was rescued on the Yellowstone River Monday after their raft flipped, leaving them stranded on an island in the river.

Alcohol a factor in the weekend boat collision
Pierce County Herald
Authorities say alcohol was a factor in the crash of two boats in Wisconsin that killed four people including two Minnesotans on Friday. Authorities say alcohol was a factor in the crash of two boats in Wisconsin that killed four people including two ...