Boating Safety Is For Life

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating News:

Lake Drummond to Open This Saturday
TopNews New Zealand
After assessing all the safety measures, the Great Dismal Swamp officers have decided to reopen the Lake Drummond for boating on Saturday morning. The lake was closed three months back when wildfire erupted at the Great Dismal Swamp. ...

City gets grant to remove boats
The News Herald
Funds from the Florida Boating Improvement Program will be used by the Police Marine Unit police to track, prevent, remove and destroy derelict vessels that litter the waterways surrounding Panama City. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation .

Our view: Support city's regulation of transient boaters
St. Augustine Record
St. Augustine's attempts to clean up its waterways by charging transient boaters — cruisers — at mooring fields is drawing the ire of boaters who just want free anchorage, wherever and for how long they want it. If the city of St. Augustine gets ...
Outdoors notebook
The Leaf Chronicle Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:46 AM PDT
Officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area report nine wildlife refuge areas will be closed to human entry and all activities, including hunting, fishing and boating effective Nov. 1. The closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds and eagles. 


Hobie Alter inducted to Sailing Hall of Fame
Laguna News Post Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:22 PM PDT
Today, there are 14 different Hobie Cat models sailing, more than 100,000 boats in all. Laguna Beach's Hobie Alter was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame Oct. 23 at an invitation-only ceremony at the San Diego Yacht Club. Alter was one... 


Judge expected to toss jet boat suit
Buffalo News
By Thomas J. Prohaska LOCKPORT—A legal effort to oust Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, a popular Niagara River attraction, from the Lewiston waterfront appeared headed for defeat last week. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Thursday denied ...

Boating Safety News:

Coast Guard honors Carson seaman
Nevada Appeal Sat, 29 Oct 2011 09:56 AM PDT
The boat crew from Tillamook Bay, Ore., accepts the 2011 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism in New York City on Oct. 13. From Left to right: Seaman Austin Bartosz, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Karas, Fireman Michael Callahan, and Petty Officer 2nd Class, Conor Bennett.


Coast Guard honors auxiliary members
The Brunswick News Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:35 AM PDT
Two members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-10, Glynn County, are recipients of the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation


Buy These Holiday Cards and Help Make Safer Days on the Water
ParamusPost.com
Try the selection from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and you'll help make boating safer and water cleaner by supporting the non-profit's programs – and get some freebies with your order including return address labels and ...

Report: Boat in deadly accident unfit for Mackinac race
Chicago Tribune
"WingNuts was a highly inappropriate boat for a race of this duration, overnight, without safety boats, and in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms," reads the report, which was requested by the Chicago Yacht Club, the organizer of the

Boater Education:


Outdoors calendar: Week of Oct. 30
OregonLive.com
By Oregonian Sports Boating Education Class: Oregon State Marine Board Mandatory Boater Education Class, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply – 95 Hamburg, Astoria. Cost $15. To register, contact Matthew Carter, 503-481-6648. ..

What's happening in the great outdoors
Florida Today
The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the US Power Squadron, is holding an America's Boating Class in two sessions, including on-thewater training. Students will learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling, operation, basic piloting in

Boating Accidents:

PHOTOS: 48-Foot Sailboat Runs Aground in Spreckelsville
Maui Now
By Wendy Osher A 48-foot sailboat, adrift for three weeks, ran aground on the reef at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville on Maui last night. Authorities say the three crew members aboard the sailboat were rescued by a passing cruise ship on October 6 near ...

AP Interview: Paraplegic boater struggles after accident, friend's death off ...
The Republic
More than a month after the freak boating accident, Masi, 45, said he is struggling as he deals with insurance companies, lawyers and hospitals. His 24-foot boat, the Job Site 2, is sitting in a boatyard as he figures out how to pay for refurbishing it

5 rescued from capsized boat
Jacksonville Daily News
Coast Guard officials say three adults and two children on board a 20-foot boat that capsized were rescued Saturday afternoon. US Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle received a call around noon that a boat was taking on water five miles off of Bogue Inlet

Three Emiratis rescued as boat capsizes
Khaleej Times
ABU DHABI — The Air Wing of the Abu Dhabi Police on Friday night rescued three Emiratis at sea after their boat capsized about 12 nautical miles off Saadiyat Island. According to the Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, the Police Operation Room got an SOS

3 rescued from the Sacramento River after boat capsizes
Red Bluff Daily News
By ANDREA WAGNER -DN Staff Writer CORNING Three Paradise men were rescued from the Sacramento River by another boater when their boat hit a tree snag and capsized Thursday afternoon near Woodson Bridge. Kenton Cody, 75, and passengers, Ted Arrouzet, .

US Coast Guard rescues boater off capsized sailboat
BYM News (press release)
A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued a boater from Sandusky Bay this afternoon after his sailboat capsized. The man's name is not being released. There are no photo or video from this case. The crew of Coast Guard Station ...

Norwegian Ship Rescues Sailboat Passengers In Major Storm
Huffington Post (blog)
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem responded to a call from the US Coast Guard who had received a distress notification from Sanctuary, a 39-foot sailboat, stating that they had large breaking waves over the bow, had lost power and a life raft and ...

Crew detained for boat blaze
7DAYS
A civil defence officer at the scene said the fire started with an explosion on board the dhow, which had come to the UAE from Iran and was carrying goods such as cans of deodorant and tyres. Another firefighter said at least six boats had to be moved .

Friday, October 28, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Detroit Yacht Club to continue as sponsor of APBA Gold Cup boat races
Crain's Detroit Business
By Sherri Welch The Detroit Yacht Club has signed a contract to continue as presenting Sponsor of the Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races for the next three years. As presenting sponsor of the boat races, the club will lead fundraising for the 2012 races July ..

In Yachting News...
San Diego Reader Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:55 AM PDT
On Sunday, Ted Turner and 14 others were inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame at the San Diego Yacht Club. As long as you arenât married to him or work for him, Ted Turner is an easy man to like â if, that is, you like people who live their lives out loud. 


Boating magazine co-publisher dies
Daily Pilot Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:42 PM PDT
Teresa Ybarra McIntosh, who also organized the Newport Boat Show and Lido Yacht Expo, died in Newport Beach. She was 69. 


Nautical Monkey Launches Sharing Services for Individual Boaters
MarketWatch (press release)
AUSTIN, TX, Oct 27, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Nautical Monkey ( www.nauticalmonkey.com ) is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based sharing service for boaters, allowing better management of boat usage, expenses, and maintenance needs. ...

Marina del Rey: Beaches and Harbors seeks grant for boating center
Marina del Rey Argonaut
BY HELGA GENDELL The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has applied for a $5 million grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a 14200-square foot boating center for storage of rowing shells

USA. City of Sarasota considers anchoring limit: Boaters, Marine & Tourism ...
BYM News (press release)
BoatUS is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this public meeting to have their voices heard. The City of Sarasota is participating as one of five cities in Florida's mooring and ...


Boating Safety News:


Boaters' risk of illness on Chicago River similar to other waterways
PhysOrg Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:33 AM PDT
Chicago area residents have wondered for years about the health risks of using the Chicago River for recreation. According to a University of Illinois at Chicago study, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, boating and fishing on the Chicago River pose the same risk of gastrointestinal illness as performing these same activities on other local waters -- a risk that turns out to be higher than that ..


County boating ordinance affects river, Park Moabi
Needles Desert Star Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:28 AM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO - An updated boating ordinance approved Jan. 25 by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is said to effect safety and recreational opportunities on the Colorado River. 


Incidents at record-high levels on Center Hill Lake
WSMV Nashville Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:30 PM PDT
Center Hill Lake is a place many people consider a second home during the summer, particularly if they are into boating. But so far, the lake has set a record that TWRA officials would rather forget. 


Coast Guard to honor boy who saved dad after shrimping accident
Live 5 News Charleston Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:59 AM PDT
An 11-year-old boy who helped save his father after he severed his arm during a shrimping trip will be officially recognized for his heroism and courage in Georgetown Friday. 


Coast Guard honors Carson seaman
Nevada Appeal Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:54 AM PDT
The boat crew from Tillamook Bay, Ore., accepts the 2011 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism in New York City on Oct. 13. From Left to right: Seaman Austin Bartosz, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Karas, Fireman Michael Callahan, and Petty Officer 2nd Class, Conor Bennett.


Grand Rapids firefighters honored
WZZM
The fire department's third highest honor went to firefighter Nick Fedewa for rescuing an unconscious boater from the Grand River in February. Using a rope anchored atop the Fulton Street Bridge, Fedewa braved the icy waters and pulled the man to

Exclusive: Jet ski survivor reunites with men who saved her life
ABC 4 Salt Lake City Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:11 PM PDT
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A young woman from Utah almost died last year in a jet skiiing accident at Jordanelle Resevoir.  On Thursday she was reunited with the EMT and AirMed crew who helped save her life.   20-year old Abigayle Ottley was injured when the jet ski she was riding on crashed into another jet ski.  Ottley sustained multiple injuries including a broken back, loss of ... 


Cold-water Boating Precautions
Kansas City infoZine
Pratt, Ks - infoZine - While pleasure boaters have winterized and stored their watercraft, avid waterfowl hunters and cold-weather anglers are gearing up for fall hunting and fishing seasons. But fall can be a dangerous time on the water. ...

Look Ahead to Next Summer, Boat Winterization is an Important Step
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
It's not too early to start thinking about next boating season and the most important part of a boating lifestyle, winterization. Foremost Insurance Group knows that winterizing boats properly this year ensures fun in the sun next year.



 Speed Boat Safety
Android Apps
Driving a speed boat is a big responsibility, no matter if you are out in the ocean, a lake, reservoir, and more. There are state and federal regulations you must follow when you drive a boat on the waters. There are many reasons boaters die that would ..

Boater Education:

 Boat safety course Nov. 12 at Dayton Community Center
Dayton News Thu, 27 Oct 2011 07:32 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a Boat Safety Course on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Dayton Community Center, located at 801 S. Cleveland St. in Dayton.



Fatalities:


Missing Diver off Pensacola Coast Found Dead
NBC 15 Mobile Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:57 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard says it believes searchers have found the body of a missing diver off the coast of Pensacola


Body Of Missing Boater Recovered At Center Hill Lake
NewsChannel5.com
Dive teams have recovered the body of a boater who went missing in Warren County. Jerry Boyd had been out boating with a friend when the boat capsized Monday at Center Hill Lake at Rock Island State Park, about 17 miles northeast of McMinnville. .

Pressure mounts for review of Trident trawler tragedy
Yachting and Boating World Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:35 AM PDT
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has backed a bid to launch a new inquiry into a boating tragedy that killed seven people almost 40 years ago. The families of the victims fought for a new inquiry when divers discovered the wreck in 2001.

Missing:



Boating Accidents:

Yacht sinks after Sounds collision
Sunday Star Times
A Department of Conservation staff member has been taken to hospital with head injuries after the boat he was skippering and a yacht collided in the Marlborough Sounds about 10am today. Police said the 8.5 metre DOC launch, the aluminium catamaran ...

Man rescued after losing control of his sailboat on Saratoga Lake
The Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS — A man sailing on Saratoga Lake Tuesday was rescued by members of the Quaker Springs fire department and the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department after his mast broke, stranding him in the middle of the lake. ..


2 rescued from Lake Massabesic
The Union Leader
AUBURN — A Candia man and a fellow boater ended up in Lake Massabesic Tuesday afternoon, after a gust of wind capsized their sailboat. The two were clinging to the upended boat a couple hundred yards off shore, Auburn Fire Chief Bruce Phillips said.

Paddlers fined for irresponsible boating
Otago Daily Times
Members of a group of four have been fined $300 each for irresponsible boating. The fines come less than a year after two French kayakers drowned on Lake Wakatipu after setting out with no life jackets and one paddle between them in a kayak designed

Boat skipper is arrested for suspected drunken driving
Anchorage Daily News
By CASEY GROVE Police arrested the captain of a landing craft today for suspected drunken driving after the vessel ran aground at the Anchorage small boat harbor, a police spokesman says. Albert Peterson, 59, was piloting the boat when it hit a piling ...

Boater, 92, fights fire, suffers smoke inhalation in Fort Lauderdale
Sun-Sentinel Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:35 AM PDT
A 92-year-old boater suffered smoke inhalation Thursday after battling a fire that broke out on his vessel on the Intracoastal Waterway. 


Shelbyville Fire Protection Respond to Houseboat Fire at Lithia Spring Marina
Shelbyville Daily Union Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:36 AM PDT
The Shelbyville Fire Protection District (SFPD) is presently responding to a houseboat fire at Lithia Springs Marina.  SFPD has requested mutual aid from surrounding fire protection districts.


Trio safe after boating mishap
The Record Searchlight Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:28 AM PDT
A 75-year-old Paradise man was treated Thursday for minor hypothermia at St. E.lizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff after he and two others were thrown out their fishing boat and into the Sacramento River when it capsized after hitting a tree snag.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Rideau Canal in 'miserable' state, boaters say
Ottawa Citizen
By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen October 23, 2011 The Rideau Canal, Canada's UNESCO World Heritage jewel, is deteriorating because of inadequate maintenance, say boaters who use the waterway. The boaters' concerns about the state of the 179-year-old canal .

Barnegat Bay personal watercraft riders could be restricted by conservation zones
Asbury Park Press
DEP workers are talking to state police about incorporating environmental education into the mandatory safety classes every boater must take, and there's a Nov. 9 meeting in Toms River with boating and fishing advocates to discuss other actions,

More Muckraking in Newport Harbor
Newport Beach Independent Newspaper
Thus, a boater is to pass close on either side of this buoy when entering or exiting the harbor entrance. The inland-international line of demarcation is an imaginary line drawn between both channel markers located on the tips of the West and East ..

CofC student develops 'Clean Marine' app for reporting marine debris:
TheDigitel
During the 2011 boating season, just six reports of large abandoned marine items were collected. Murphy thinks that is because boaters were required to fill out a paper form with GPS coordinates and a picture attached – requirements that were difficult

Boaters, angry over mooring field fees, call for boycott of St. Augustine Harbor
St. Augustine Record
Wally Moran, a boater and writer for Sail Magazine who said he's spent “substantial amounts of time” in St. Augustine, started the site www.anchorsawayinFlorida.blogspot.com to inform boaters about anchoring issues around Florida. ...

Wildlife Alert: New Ways To Report Illegal Fishing
WFN: World Fishing Network
Someone who reports a boater operating a vessel while under the influence could get $250. The real beauty of the program is that violators – through court fines – are the ones who pay the reward money. When a violator is found guilty, the judge can .

 RBFF Anglers' Legacy shows positive impact on industry
Boating Industry
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recently released the results of its annual survey on the Anglers' Legacy program. The results showed that the program's participants, known as Ambassadors, introduce 64 percent more newcomers to fishing .

Boating Safety:


MDFR Offers Boating Safety Tips
Media Newswire (press release)
In South Florida, Columbus Day is associated with boating and long days on the high seas. (Media-Newswire.com) - ( Miami-Dade County, FL ) -- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue ( MDFR ) is urging all residents to stay safe this Columbus Day weekend. .

Bill to require life jackets for paddle boaters may not hit Legislature until 2013
Bangor Daily News
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock County legislator who submitted a bill that would require paddle boaters to wear life preservers said Sunday he is not sure if it will be debated during next year's emergency legislative session.

River safety measures 'are a waste of money'
Leicester Mercury
Boater Paul Green, 56, from Blaby, said: "It appears they are solving a problem that doesn't exist and have spent a lot of money doing so. "We always hear that British Waterways is short of cash so it seems strange that they are spending money on .

Authorities preach boat safety in Bay Area waters
MyFox Tampa Bay
Boaters in the Tampa area say when it comes to boating safety you should also keep in mind the people who are on board. "We have the kids keep away from the back of the engine, they're always up at the bow," said Zorrilla.

Boater Education:  


Mandatory boating class offered
Daily Astorian
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 64 and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Marine Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board, will teach a Mandatory Boater Education Class leading to a boater education card. It will be held from 8:30 am to .

Fatalities:

 Two dead in Highland boating accident
KMOV St. Louis Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:29 PM PDT
Highland, IL (KMOV.com) Two men are dead after their boat capsized while fishing on Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois early Saturday morning. According to police, Benjamin Zarzeck, 23, of Troy and David Foss, 25, of Edwardsville, had entered Silver Lake Park apparently after the park had closed to fish for catfish late Friday. Police say the two men went out on the lake in a narrow, 12-foot boot ...


 Woman's body found, search suspended for missing boater
The Morning Journal
SANDUSKY - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources personnel found Pam Holstein's body inside a 36 foot Rinker after it was brought ashore on Oct. 23, according to a report from the Coast Guard. Holstein and Charles Kaplan, 58, of Solon, were reported ...

Missing:

Search for Lake Erie boater, 43, suspended
The Morning Journal
By BILL DELANEY LAKEWOOD — The US Coast Guard suspended their search late Friday night for a Sandusky doctor who has been missing since Thursday. Neurologist Michael Leslie, 43, was reported missing by his wife at 7:17 pm on Thursday after he did not ...

Rina Becomes Hurricane off Honduras, Boat Missing
ABC News
Hurricane Rina formed Monday off Central America's Caribbean coast and officials in Nicaragua launched a search for a missing Navy boat with 27 people aboard that had been trying to evacuate coastal residents. Rina quickly built into a Category 1 .


Coast Guard suspends bay search for kayaker
San Francisco Chronicle Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:31 AM PDT
The Coast Guard suspended a search Monday for a kayaker who disappeared a day earlier while paddling near San Francisco's Pier 80. Thomas Gregoire, 55, of San Francisco was kayaking near Hunters Point when his kayak... 




Boating Accidents:

Missing boater sailing from Captiva Island to Key West found safe
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:56 PM PDT
A missing boater has been found safe northwest of Key West. 


Girl injured in boating accident
ABC Action News Tampa Bay Sun, 23 Oct 2011 06:04 AM PDT
An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after a boating accident in North Tampa


Racing yacht hoisted to safety after starting to sink
Weston Mercury Sun, 23 Oct 2011 11:26 AM PDT
A 34ft RACING yacht had to be hoisted to safety after it ran aground in Portishead earlier today (Sunday). 


CG Locates Overdue Boaters Near Longboat Pass
Military.com
Two overdue boaters have been found safe aboard their 18-foot recreational vessel approximately 11 miles west of Longboat Pass, Fla., Oct. 23. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter found the two men stranded on their disabled vessel as they used a

Boat runs aground in bay
Coos Bay World
The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor life boat and personnel from the Coast Guard's Group/Air Station in North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to respond. The helicopter crew attempted to hoist the three fishermen on board. ...

Boat carrying two capsizes near Linwood Beach Marina
MLive.com
By Andrew Dodson | Booth Mid-Michigan LINWOOD — A small boat has capsized near Linwood Beach Marina, according to Bay County Central Dispatch. Few details were available, but a 16-foot Starcraft capsized south of the marina, 135 S. Linwood Beach Road. ..

Drunk boater stopped near Liberty Island
EmpireStateNews.net
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a recreational vessel operator for boating under the influence of alcohol near Liberty Island, NY, Saturday. At 9:10 pm, a Coast Guard Station New York boat crew, performing a routine patrol

Police say man rescued from Port Washington Marina was intoxicated
Today's TMJ4
By WTMJ News Team PORT WASHINGTON- A new twist on a TODAY'S TMJ4 exclusive, the dramatic water rescue of a boater. Thomas Riddle struggled to stay above water after he fell off his sailboat into the Port Washington Marina. Dan Duffus was fishing on the .

Monday, October 24, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News


 From The Detroit Free Press

 
BY TRESA BALDAS

DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
 
October 18, 2001

 

Detroit man gets prison in hoax

 

Coast Guard call



A Detroit man was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for making a hoax call about a capsized boat to the U.S. Coast Guard, cost­ing the govern­ment roughly $53,000 in search and res­cue efforts.
Craig Sanders, 32, who pleaded guilty to making the false dis­tress call in June, also has been ordered to pay $53,306 in restitution to the U.S. Coast Guard. He was sentenced in Port Huron, before U.S. Dis­trict Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff.
Accord­ing to U.S. Attor­ney Barbara McQuade's office, Sanders called the Coast Guard on March 11, stating, "...my boat capsized. I was the only one wearing a PFD (Person­al Flotation Device); I made it ashore, my fam­ily didn't."
Sanders also stated that his boat was in Lake Erie and that he could not find his buddy, au­thor­ities said. As the Coast Guard tried to get more information, Sanders abruptly terminated the call, they said.
The Coast Guard initiated an eight-hour search and res­cue mis­sion that included units from Toledo and Marble­head, Ohio, as well as a he­licopter from the Air National Guard Base. 
"Fake distress calls are no laughing matter. We will pursue hoax callers to the fullest extent of the law," said Rear Adm. Michael Parks, the 9th Coast Guard District commander.
Added McQuade: “We hope that prosecutions like this one will deter others from making false reports to the Coast Guard so that the Coast Guard can instead focus on real emergencies.” 
Sanders case follows a similar incident involving another Detroi­ter, Andre Cheatom, 19, who was sen­tenced in January to 18 months in pri­son for making a fake dis­tress call to the Coast Guard.
Court records show that in 2009, Cheatom made a pho­ny 911 call, us­ing his girlfriend's cell­phone, stating, "I threw the baby and the moth­er into the Detroit Riv­er. You can find them under Princess." 
The call led to a one-hour search near the Detroit Princess cruise boat, which cost the Coast Guard $14,302.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

News item of the day!

Electrical malfunction sparked September yacht fire in MD
WGMD Radio
The Maryland Fire Marshal's Office and insurance company electrical engineers have determined what sparked a fire that destroyed a yacht, damaged two other boats and the dock at a marina in Talbot County, Maryland last month. After raising the yacht ..

"The main wiring harness displayed arcing and burning, which developed into an uncontrolled fire on the unoccupied boat."
Most boat fires are electrical in origin. This is a very good example of what can happen if an electrical system is not properly installed and maintained. At least once a year do a complete check of the electrical system.  Look for loose or corroded connections, frayed wires, and signs of heat build up in wiring.  An especially vulnerable spot is the shore power inlet.  The plug should fit tightly. Look at the prongs for signs of heat or corrosion.

 Boating News:

Yemeni fisherman sentenced to life in connection with deaths of Seattle couple
The Oregonian Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:24 PM PDT
Mounir Ali, 23, was one of 15 men charged in the February hijacking off the African coast. Several Somalis fatally shot the yacht's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay, of Seattle


Window On The Lake: Lake County Mussel Prevention Program is going to change
Lake County Record-Bee
The basic tenet of the program is to rely on boater responsibility and for the most part that theory works. The problem comes from boaters that are unknowledgeable, boats that are difficult or impossible to keep mussel free and that rare scofflaw.

Boating Safety News:

It's cold, wear your jacket
Daily American Online
A boater fell overboard in the deep lake and it took several days for volunteer and paid rescue crews to locate him. Living in Somerset County where fall and spring can be brutally cold or nicer than most summer days, the April 30 deadline seems odd. .

Cooler temps means better boating weather
St. George Daily Spectrum
Michael R. Kelsey's Boater's Guide to Lake Powell tells the story of Owen Yazzie whose family lived, had orchards, raised sheep and grew crops in Navajo Canyon - somewhere in the vicinity of the sand dome - until they were forced out by the rising ...

Boat show seminars
Sun-Sentinel Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:47 PM PDT
Free sessions on fishing, diving, boating and boating safety Whether you buy a boat at the show or already own one, you can learn to get more enjoyment out of it by attending some of the show's free fishing, diving, boating and safety seminars. 


FOX5 Vegas - KVVURising Lake Mead brings challenges
KVVU Las Vegas
"There are now rocks that are covered with water that weren't covering earlier in the summer," noted boater Glenn Gavin. For marina operators the rising water has meant moving their operation six times so far this year. "If the projections pan out and ...


Juries convict first 2 No Refusal BWI cases
The Conroe Courier Fri, 21 Oct 2011 22:28 PM PDT
Two boating while intoxicated arrests under Montgomery Countyâs No Refusal program resulted in the programâs first BWI trials and convictions earlier this month. 


Fatalities:


Pangnirtung woman drowns in boating accident
CBC.ca
The local RCMP detachment had got a call at 12:45 am about a boating accident about a kilometre outside the community on Pangnirtung Fiord. According to the report, Samantha Battye, 20, had just got into a boat before falling in the water. ...

A fatal boating accident leaves two men dead in Highland, IL
KMOV.com
HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV)—Two men are dead after their boat capsized while fishing in Silver Lake late Friday evening. According to police, Benjamin Zarzeck, 23, of Troy and David Foss, 25, of Edwardsville, were catfish fishing Friday evening but never ...

Missing:

Search continues for 59-year-old boater missing in Grand Traverse Bay for ...
The Republic
Authorities are continuing to search Grand Traverse Bay for a boater who has been missing for nearly a week. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/ofFXnx) 59-year-old Jay Farr was last seen Saturday and reportedly planned to remove

Coast Guard looking in Lake Erie, off Lakewood, for missing Sandusky boater
The Cleveland Plain Dealer Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:05 AM PDT
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and other agencies are searching Lake Erie near Lakewood for a boater whose unoccupied vessel was located at anchor in Lake Erie Friday morning. Missing is Michael Leslie, 43,..


Search continues for boater missing in the Gulf
Lehigh Acres News Star
Kim Heindl, 55, left Captiva in a 33-foot sailboat named Skua and headed to Key West. On Thursday, Heindl's employer notified the Coast Guard that he had not yet arrived to his destination, where he was due Oct. 14. The Skua is a white, Hunter sailboat

Man missing after boat sinks
New Zealand Herald
A RNZAF Iroquois has been called out to help in the search for a man missing after his boat sank off the coast of Foxton. Photo / Mark Mitchell A search continues this morning for a man missing after his boat sank off the coast of Foxton last night. .

Boating Accidents:


Storm rips through Monroe Harbor, up to 7 boats destroyed
Chicago Tribune
"It's just frustrating," Quentin Arnold said Thursday as he got ready to survey the damage to Rain Shadow, his capsized 1966 Cal 25 entry-level sailboat. "I put a lot of sweat into that boat." The Chicago Police Marine Unit got word about 10 pm

 Jets Byfuglien pleads not guilty to intoxicated boating charges
Toronto Sun Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:50 AM PDT
Jets star Dustin Byfuglien pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged impaired boating incident, media outlets are reporting.


Burning boat sinks, sends plume off Hilton Head Beach
Hilton Head Island Packet
The passengers were rescued from a life raft by another boat, according to Lee Bower at Coast Guard Base Charleston. The burning vessel sank near the mouth of the Port Royal Sound channel, with smoke rising from the water visible off the coast today. ...

Coast Guard rescues 5 people off SC coast
Live 5 News Charleston Sat, 22 Oct 2011 09:48 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard says five people were rescued from a 75-foot boat that caught fire about nine miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend City of St. Petersburg ...
ParamusPost.com
The city is seeking input from area boaters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this meeting to have their voices heard. ...

Stay awhile: Naples looking to allow boaters to stay longer at City Dock
Naples Daily News
Naples has a more restrictive limit on the number of days a boater can stay over night on their vessel while at the City Dock than many other Florida coastal communities. City leaders want to see that change by increasing the current four night limit ...

Free sewage pumpout considered for Keys boaters
KeysNet
Key West attorney David Paul Horan, a Waste Foundation board member, spoke to the County Commission in January about free pumpouts to safeguard Keys waters from being damaged by septic waste illegally discharged by some boaters.



On the Dock: Boaters Needed to Take a Soldier Fishing
Belton Journal
Over 290 soldiers have already signed up but only 270 boaters, so the non-profit Fishing for Freedom Foundation has put out a call to all fishermen who own a boat asking them to participate. The event is free for the boater and the non-boater, ...

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Governor Daugaard lifts boating ban below Oahe Dam
KSFY Sioux Falls Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:42 AM PDT
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has lifted a "no wake" zone for boats that was implemented Sept. 1 on a small section of the upper reaches of Lake Sharpe below Oahe Dam. 


Detroit man gets prison in hoax Coast Guard call
Detroit Free Press
BY TRESA BALDAS A Detroit man was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for making a hoax call about a capsized boat to the US Coast Guard, costing the government roughly $53000 in search and rescue efforts. Craig Sanders, 32, who pleaded guilty to ...

North Fork man named boating educator of the year
Riverhead News-Review
By Julie Lane | 10/18/2011 6:00 PM | News KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Len Llewellyn of Mattituck has won a regional award as the "boating educator of the year." Leonard Llewellyn, who has taught safe boating courses for both the United States Coast ...


St. Johns River Swollen to Dangerous Levels for Boaters
First Coast News
Joy Hill, a spokesperson with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), today urged boaters in a statement to stay off the river in Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. The high waters are most likely to affect the river near ..

Firefighter Honored For Off-Duty Heroics
WESH 2 Orlando Wed, 19 Oct 2011 06:25 AM PDT
A firefighter is being honored for saving a woman during a boating accident while he was off-duty. For the full story, go to WLWT.com


County boating ordinance affects river, Park Moabi
Needles Desert Star Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:28 AM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO - An updated boating ordinance approved Jan. 25 by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is said to effect safety and recreational opportunities on the Colorado River. 


Transport Canada Boating Safety for Hunters and Anglers - Nunavut
Canada NewsWire (press release)
With hunting and boating season well underway, many enthusiasts are out on the water enjoying their sport on Nunavut waterways. Transport Canada would like to remind hunters and anglers to follow some basic boating safety advice so that their trips out ..


Torn from the front page: Shocking number of boating mishaps should remind all ...
MLive.com
Saturday, two adults, three children and a dog were rescued by a boater and Kawkawlin Twp. firefighters when their boat capsized offshore of Linwood. • Sunday, Oct. 10, the Coast Guard rescued three people after their boat struck an underwater object .

Technology making boating safer
Sun-Sentinel
If you've been debating whether it's worth buying an EPIRB or PLB to take with you when you go boating, a Fort Lauderdale company has made your decision much easier. ACR Electronics has its new ResQLink PLB at the boat show for the first time and it's ..

Boater Education:


Boating safety classes offered
The Westerly Sun
GROTON – Groton Parks & Recreation is currently accepting registration for its three-day DEEP State Boating class, for individuals ages 10 and older, beginning either Oct. 25 or Nov. 15. The class fee is $20 per student. Classes are held at William ...

Fatalities:


Missing Boater Found Deceased after a Boating Accident in Saluda County
Greenwood Today
The missing boater from Newberry County has been located. He is deceased from a boating accident that occurred in Saluda County. Newberry Sheriff would like to thank everyone who assisted with the investigation and to the media for their assistance

Man found dead in Bayou Queue de Tortue
Acadia Parish Today Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:35 AM PDT
MORSE - A man died in Acadia Parish in what was described as a fatal boating incident Tuesday in the early afternoon. It happened in a remote body of water located west of the Morse area on Cri..


Singaporean dies in India boating accident
Straits Times Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:30 PM PDT
A boating accident off the west coast of India on Monday left a Singaporean man dead and his colleague injured.


 Missing:


Search Called Off For Missing Northport Boater
Interlochen Public Radio
By Tom Kramer Last night the Coast Guard suspended its search for a Northport man. 59-year-old Jay Farr launched a 10-foot dinghy heading out to his boat at a nearby marina Saturday morning. He never made it. A helicopter from Air Station Traverse City ...

Boating Accidents:


Charges dropped against paddle boater
Sault Star
By Elaine Della-Mattia Charges against a paddle boat operator alleged to have been impaired were dropped in court Monday. The case against Aweres Township resident Julian George Zalewa has made headlines since he was first charged in August.

Essex man's effort pulls bay sailor to safety
Gloucester Daily Times Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:29 PM PDT
ESSEX â A leisurely Sunday morning sail nearly turned deadly for a Somerville man boating in Ipswich Bay â until an Essex man spotted him in the water and pulled him out, police said Monday. 


Wilmette Police: Chicago Officer Fired Gun on Boat in Lake Michigan
Patch.com
By Patch Staff A Chicago policeman who allegedly shot a weapon while boating on Lake Michigan near Wilmette earlier this month is still under investigation, TribLocal reports. The officer had been boating near Gillson Park with a friend and discharged ...

Coast Guard rescues 2 Australians aboard drifting yacht
The Hindu
The Coast Guard has rescued two Australian nationals on board a yacht, which had been adrift in the Indian Ocean, nearly 158 nautical miles from the Mumbai coastline, for four days due to power failure and a broken sail. The Australians, sailing from .

Suspect tries to shoot man in head with flare gun
Florida Keys Keynoter Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:10 AM PDT
A Key Largo liveaboard boater remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $112,000 bond after allegedly holding a flare gun to another man's head and pulling the trigger. The gun failed to go off. George Page, 40, whom jail records say is a laborer, is charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, burglary and theft for the incident, which took place Friday on Bayview Drive.


Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters on Stono River
ABC News 4 Charleston Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:19 AM PDT
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston rescued three boaters from the Stono River Tuesday.


Talbot County Boat Fires Ruled Accidental
WBOC Salisbury Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:45 AM PDT
Authorities have ruled as accidental a late September blaze in Talbot County that destroyed a motor yacht and damaged a power boat, a sailboat and the floating dock where all three vessels were moored.


Huge waves crash, sink boats in Monroe Harbor
Chicago Sun-Times
BY KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter / kjanssen@suntimes.com October 20, 2011 1:34PM Big waves and brutal winds sank nine boats and badly damaged 11 more which became unmoored in the downtown Monroe Harbor overnight — one of the worst storms in more than 30 ...