Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident news

Boating News:

 Animal Attraction: Regulation Proposals Target Spread of Exotic Species
KHOU (blog)
by Stacy Fox Proposed regulations under consideration by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would enlist anglers and boaters in the fight to prevent further spread of exotic aquatic species into Texas waterways. State fisheries biologists are ...

 State, Federal Officials Insist Zebra Mussel Threat Confined to Lake Texoma ...
Dallas Observer (blog)
"The data suggest that mussels and/or mussel larvae are being carried into these lakes by recreational boaters but are not becoming established as a sustainably reproducing mussel population," he said. "This is a sign that mussels are being introduced ...

 Ward 1 Candidate Question of the Week: Promoting Gulfport Services
Gulfport Municipal Marina: The City of St Pete Beach just received a $220000 federal grant for their marina project from the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. If the City of St Pete Beach is successful in getting ...

 Outcry over jet ski dolphin charge
Herald Sun Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:17 PM PST
JET skiers near Hobart have ploughed through a dolphin pod that likely included baby dolphins. 

 Stuart woman, 68, wins Coast Guard medal for creating game about marine trash
Stuart News Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:40 AM PST
STUART The future is looking brighter for oceans and beaches, thanks to the efforts of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Elizabeth Underwood.

Boating Safety news:

West Vancouver's lifeboat to move to new home
North Shore News Mon, 30 Jan 2012 07:16 AM PST
Volunteers Mike Cupit, Christine Corbett and Scotty Grubb train in the waters of Howe Sound. The North Shore Lifeboat Society, Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific Unit One, will have a new base in Horseshoe Bay and a powerful new boat in January. 

 Mandatory EPIRBS recommended in wake of tragedy
ABC via Yahoo!7 News Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:28 PM PST
A survivor of a fatal boating accident has told the Perth Coroner's Court conditions were calm when he and two friends set out on a fishing trip.

 2011 a safer year on the lake
Lake Sun Leader Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:55 PM PST
It was a safer year for boating on Lake of the Ozarks, according to year-end accident numbers released by the marine operations of the Missouri Highway Patrol. 

 MRAA announces support for American Boating Congress
Boating Industry
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas reported today that it is responding to an industrywide call for greater support of the American Boating Congress and will not only host a full board meeting at this year's event and attend the event as ...

 New Maritime Advisory Council for NSW
Sail World (press release)
Mr Gay said the Council would have the responsibility of being another source of expert and independent advice to the Minister on boating safety, as well as monitoring boating crash statistics and trends, and advising on expenditure priorities.

 Coast Guard Auxiliary seeks new members
Mason Valley News Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:42 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is seeking members to help at the flotilla level with public education courses, search and rescue missions, safety patrols, support regattas and marine events, and free vessel safety checks for recreational boaters. 

 Video shows fiery boat drama
Mark Mexted said he uploaded the video to YouTube because he wanted people to be aware of the dangers of boating. A family of five had been boating in the Cromwell Gorge near Old Cromwell Town when their boat caught fire about 4.30pm on Saturday.

Push to ban jet skis
Geelong Advertiser
But president of the Victorian Jet Sport Boating Association, Tony Scaturchio, said most riders obeyed the rules on the water. "What we should do is blame the rider and not the jet ski but it's a very small minority that stuff it up for everyone else,"

Canoe Park Discussion Surfaces in Wake of Boating Accident
Maui Now
The group was formed in honor of William Kalanikai “Uncle Billy” Gonzales, who suffered fatal injuries in a boating accident in December at Hanakaoo Beach in Lahaina. Members of the group are working to assist elected officials in organizing a cohesive

Boater Education:

Squadron offers boating classes
South Bend Tribune Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:00 AM PST
MISHAWAKA  The South Bend Sail & Power Squadron is offering boating safety classes to the public over six weeks, beginning Feb. 6 and continuing through April 2. The classes are from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Battell Center, 904 N. Main St., Mishawaka

 Boating safety course next month
The Sparta Independent Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:04 AM PST
LAKE HOPATCONG - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-7 based in Lake Hopatcong is continuing in its efforts and mission to provide Boating Safety courses for the public, with courses scheduled for each month in 2012. The courses meet all the requirements to obtain a New Jersey State Boating Safety Certificate needed to boat in the New Jersey. 

 Boating class for adults offered in Hingham
The Patriot Ledger Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:22 PM PST
The Bare Cove Sail and Power Squadronâs winter-spring course for adult recreational boaters will begin Feb. 29 at the Hingham Middle School. 

 Oklahoma state trooper offers boat safety and certification course
KXII Sherman Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:53 PM PST
ARDMORE, OK - A course for boating safety and responsibility will be held next week at the Southern Oklahoma Techology Center in Ardmore. 

Event Advance: Boating skills class
By Anonymous Before starting up the engine to your boat this summer, sign up for Westlake Coast Guard Auxiliary - Flotilla 30-05's Boating Skills and Seamanship class. The eight-week course will cover your boat from bow to stern and everything else you ...

Boating Safety Education Course offered in West Portsmouth, Ohio
Jackson Times Journal
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio– The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered February 11, 2012 at Shawnee State Park in West Portsmouth, Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. The fee for the course is $5 which


FIFO dies in boating accident
Pilbara Echo
A Newman fly-in fly-out worker was killed in a freak boating accident in Perth on January 18. The worker, Mr Tim Zandbergen, who worked with explosives at a mine in Newman, was being towed on a ski biscuit on the Swan River when the biscuit hit the ...

 Ore. man falls from sailboat, drowns
The Columbian
(AP) -- Authorities have identified a man who fell off a sailboat Sunday in the ship channel at Charleston and drowned. The World in Coos Bay reported Monday ( ) that he is 43-year-old Robert Partipilo of Coos Bay.

Boating Accidents:

Yacht hits rocks off coast of Abel Tasman Park
Three people were rescued from a life raft last night in waters in the Abel Tasman National Park, after their 12 metre yacht hit rocks near Torrent Bay. Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson said the Okiana sunk around midnight last night, 

 Collision sinks yacht, injures woman
The New Zealand Herald Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:15 AM PST
A woman was seriously hurt when a yacht was smashed into pieces and sank within seconds of it and another boat colliding on Auckland's congested harbour yesterday.The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was thrown into the water from... 

 British sailors rowing Barbados capsize in North Atlantic
A group of British sailors are adrift in a life raft in the North Atlantic after their rowing boat capsized, the coastguard said on Monday night. 'Sara G' is provisioned to be fully self contained and unsupported for a 60 day voyage.

Two injured in boating accident
Tampa Bay Newspapers
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Two men were injured Saturday morning when their boat crashed into a dock and seawall in the Intracoastal Waterway behind residences at 526 and 536 20th Avenue North in Indian Rocks Beach. Deputies with the Pinellas County ...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Boating fees rise after âgood year' for stopping invasives
Tahoe Daily Tribune Sat, 28 Jan 2012 03:43 AM PST
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. â Boaters will need to open their wallets a little bit wider before launching at Lake Tahoe this summer. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Governing Board approved fee increases for mandatory aquatic invasive species inspections Wednesday. 

Website providing Florida boaters new feature to locate state's 1600 public ...
The Republic
AP The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday announced it has added a new feature to its website that lets boaters search a database for ramps. They can look for ramps in a certain county or on a specific lake.

 Carver County to inspect boats for zebra mussels
Washington Examiner
AP Carver County officials will begin checking all boats entering Lake Minnewashta for zebra mussels this spring, marking the first time that the state Department of Natural Resources has given a local government authority to conduct such inspections ...

Boating Safety News: Lima, OH News Weather SportsCoast Guard seeks source of fake distress calls
Your Hometown Lima Stations Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:59 AM PST
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service is working to identify the source of dozens of fake distress calls over the past two years.  

 Grants available for shooting, fishing and boating
Summit Daily News Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:14 AM PST
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute up to $1.7 million for outdoor recreation activities in Colorado. 

 'Naughty' boaties a concern
Otago Daily Times Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:06 AM PST
Queenstown Lakes harbourmaster Marty Black is troubled by the number of people boating this summer without life jackets and in cheap inflatable boats. read more 

 Officers to Conduct Boating Safety Inspections on Gasparilla
To avoid boating safety problems, officials recommend boaters adhere to the following safety practices during Gasparilla Day. Boaters hung out in Tampa Bay during Gasparilla. Officers will conduct boating safety inspections, targeting boaters operating ...

 2011 a safer year on the lake
By Joyce L. Miller It was a safer year for boating on Lake of the Ozarks, according to year-end accident numbers released by the marine operations of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Education, enforcement and the economy have all played a role in making .

Council elected to govern the waterways
Coffs Coast Advocate
AN 11-member Maritime Advisory Council has been formed to help map out the future of boating in NSW. Expressions of interest were called in October, last year, and more than 40 responses were received from a wide range of the boating community.

Boater Education:

Sea Cadets learn hands-on: Coast Guard teaches kids about the environment
Pacific Daily News Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:14 AM PST
On deck: U.S. Naval Sea Cadets stand on the buoy deck of Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia as Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Jared Barnes discusses the cutter's Aids to Navigation mission. 

Boating safety course next month
The Sparta Independent Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:53 AM PST
LAKE HOPATCONG - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-7 based in Lake Hopatcong is continuing in its efforts and mission to provide Boating Safety courses for the public, with courses scheduled for each month in 2012. The courses meet all the requirements to obtain a New Jersey State Boating Safety Certificate needed to boat in the New Jersey.  

 Four Seasons: Sharpen your boating skills in the off-season
The Canton Repository Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:55 AM PST
Want to sharpen your boating skills during the off-season? A four-week Stark County Power Squadron course can set you on the right course

 Learn boating safety and win a VIP Seattle Seahawks game day package
The Seattle Times
Washington State Parks Boating Programs, together with the Seattle Seahawks are launching a contest to highlight boater education, and urge boaters to take a boater safety class and get a boater education card to learn how to be safe on the water.

 Boating classes offered at career center
Mansfield News Journal
MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield Power Squadron will offer a boating class starting Wednesday at Madison Adult Career Center, 600 Esley Lane. The class will meet from 7 to 9 pm weekly for six or 10 weeks, depending on the needs of participants.

 Local Briefs
The Durango Herald Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:16 PM PST
Boater education series held in DoloresLower Dolores Boating Advocates invite area whitewater enthusiasts to the next installment of its boater education series from 7 to 930 p.m. Monday at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., in Dolores. 

 Lake Patrol to offer Boat Oklahoma for area youth
The Daily Ardmoreite Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:48 AM PST
Boating safety/responsibility classes to assist 12- to 16-year-olds qualify to be licensed as the sole operator of powered boats on Oklahoma waters will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and Feb. 9 at Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.

 Boating safety course scheduled in Greene County
Dayton Daily News
By Jim Morris, Contributing Writer 9:23 PM Saturday, January 28, 2012 Greene County Parks & Trails and the Dayton Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will offer a five-part America's Boating Course from 7 to 9 pm, ...

 Boating safety course offered
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
CEDAR FALLS --- The Waterloo Sail and Power Squadron is offering an eight-hour boating safety course. The class will meet 8 am to 2 pm Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm next Sunday at Hawkeye Community College's Cedar Falls Center. The site is at 5330 Nordic ..

Oklahoma state trooper offers boat safety and certification course
ARDMORE, OK - A course for boating safety and responsibility will be held next week at the Southern Oklahoma Techology Center in Ardmore. The Boat Oklahoma course is certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administration.


Emmett man pleads guilty in death of toddler in June boating accident
The Idaho Statesman Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:05 PM PST
The death of a 2-year-old child last summer in a boating accident on the Snake River were a preventable tragedy, the Washington County prosecutor says. The boatâs captain has pleaded guilty.

 Libya boat accident leaves 15 dead, 40 missing
TRIPOLI — At least 15 Somali migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya this week, the Somali ambassador to Tripoli said Saturday. "Fifteen bodies, including one child and 12 women, were recovered off the

 Lutz man killed in fatal jet ski accident
WTSP-TV Tampa Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:20 PM PST
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently investigating a fatal jet ski accident that happened on Lake Hobbs overnight. 

 Fisherman drowns after boat capsizes
Malaysia Star
ALOR SETAR: A fisherman who went to retrieve his belongings below deck drowned after the boat he was on capsized due to strong waves some 20 nautical miles off Kuala Kedah near here. Nineteen others on the boat managed to jump into the water just ..


Search for missing Kerry canoeist
The Irish Times Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:36 PM PST
A large-scale search is expected to resume tomorrow for a 38-year-old man who went out on a canoe or kayak on an inland lake near Cromane, Co Kerry early this morning and failed to return

Boating Accidents:

Boat crash leaves two injured in Indian Rocks Beach
Bosman, of Largo, later told deputies that the boat was going 25 mph when he reached down momentarily to grab a cup of coffee. The boat then crashed into a dock behind 526 20th Ave. N. The impact caused Bosman to knock the boat's throttle wide open,

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Featured News Item:

 IPhone app offers live readings, predictions for tides in SF Bay
The San Francisco Examiner Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:31 PM PST
Bay boaters can toss their tide charts to the wind they won't need them anymore. A new iPhone application that can provide live readings of currents and tides, as well as predictions for future conditions, is intended to give boating enthusiasts an alternative to the paper maps and charts that previously helped them navigate. Bay Currents, a free app developed by San Francisco State University ... 

Bay boaters can toss their tide charts to the wind they won't need them anymore.
 Wrong!  Very bad advice. It is perfectly ok to use electronic aids for navigating, but they are not a substitute for paper charts.  Never, ever rely solely on electronic means. It will fail you when you need it the most.

Boating News:

NT lands grant to aid marina
Tonawanda News
The Boater Infrastructure Grant Program, called BIG, combined with an additional $300000 from the Niagara River Greenway Commission procured last year, will bring the total allotted for the project to just under $1 million.

  Mayor Ortt Announces Over $686000 in Department of Interior Grant for City Marina
By WKBW News North Tonawanda, NY (WKBW release) -- North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt announced Wednesday that the US Department of Interior has awarded a total of $686919 in Boater Infrastructure Grant funding for the City Marina located at 1000 ..

 Minister MacKay Congratulates the Canadian Coast Guard on its 50th Anniversary
Marketwire Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:53 AM PST
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement on the 50 th Anniversary of the Canadian Coast Guard

 Slidell given $1.5 million by U.S. Dept. of Interior to renovate marina
WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:19 AM PST
SLIDELL, La. - There was good news Thursday for the city of Slidell. The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded grants "support recreational boating," and Slidell will be getting $1.5 million to use in Heritage Park. Slidell's grant is the largest one in America. The city requested the maximum amount, and that amount was granted. The money will be spent at the Municipal Marina at Heritage Park ..

 New classic-boating website launches
Soundings Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:17 PM PST
A new classic-boating website was recently launched, featuring a collection of videos and blogs. focuses its cameras on well-designed boats with classic appeal. 

 Lake Tahoe boating fees rise after 'good year' for stopping invasive species
North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
The average boater will pay an additional $10 or $11 for a year of boating on Lake Tahoe under the new rate structure, said Dennis Zabaglo, TRPA's watercraft program manager. “Any increase can be perceived as a negative, but we feel it's minimal,”

 USA. Rushton Gregory adds VesselVanguard to client roster
BYM News (press release)
A cloud-based personalized portal, VesselVanguard enhances boat ownership by making it easier for boaters to understand and organize the many maintenance, inspection and warranty requirements for all of their onboard systems.

Boating Safety News:

Rivers bars closed along coast of Pacific NW
FOX 12 Oregon Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:50 AM PST
The Coast Guard has closed several river bars along the coast of Oregon and Washington. 

 Phony Mayday calls could land San Diego boater in prison
Los Angeles Times Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:06 PM PST
A 47-year-old San Diego man has been indicted on four felonies for allegedly sending out phony distress calls while on his boat off the coast, federal prosecutors said Thursday. 

 Coast Guard seeks information on fake distress caller
The Sandusky Register Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:36 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard's Investigative Service, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Michigan, is trying to track down the person responsible for a series of false distress calls to the Coast Guard. read more 

 Norwell Harbormaster requests more authority
Norwell Mariner Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:41 AM PST
Though Norwell may not be a coastal community, there is plenty of travel along the waterways that crisscross through town and Norwell Harbormaster Ron Mott said he would like more authority to ensure that laws are upheld and safe boating practices are adhered to. 

 Police warn boaters of deadly face of the bay
The Age
Water police Senior Sergeant Steve Towers said the death in a boating accident this week of an elderly man who was not wearing a lifejacket and the near drowning of his passenger who could not swim highlighted concerns about behaviour in Melbourne's 

 Boating Safety
Washington boaters are invited to learn how to boat safely this year and qualify for prizes. Washington State Parks Boating Programs, together with the Seattle Seahawks are launching a contest to highlight boater education. The opening day of boating ...

 Boater Education:

CVCC Focus
Chatham Star Tribune
Boaters beware! Effective July 1, 2012, the next phase of the Virginia Boater Education requirement takes effect. All operators of a Personal Water Craft (PWC), regardless of age, and motor boat operators 30 years of age and younger, will be required ...

Auxiliary provides boating safety classes
Marco Island Sun Times
The BS&S class fulfills requirements for receiving a safe boater card from Florida's Department of Fish and Wildlife. Providing the class is also one of a variety of elements in the auxiliary's mission of supporting the Coast Guard and reducing the ...


Lampasas: Man Pleads Guilty 9 Years After Student Killed In Boating Accident
LAMPASAS (January 26, 2011)-A Bertram man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of Lampasas High School senior Justin Roberts, nearly ten years after Roberts died in a hit-and-run boating accident. Travis Aaron Marburger, 37, pleaded guilty Friday ...

Boating Accidents:

Bad day for boaters on Oahu
Meanwhile, after spending 4 hours on the water, the crew of 7 divers finally found help from a passing boater. "Tired, I'm more hungry than tired, yeah," said Tia. The Honolulu Fire Department and a response team from Marine Corps Base Hawaii brought ...

 Sailboat Runs Aground Off Magic Island
KITV Honolulu
HONOLULU -- Salvage removal company Vessel Assist has been hired to remove a 35-foot fiberglass sailboat, "FSOW," that ran aground about 2 pm Wednesday on the rocks off Magic Island. The vessel's owner, who had a temporary mooring permit at Ala Wai ...

 Portland firefighters risk their lives, rescue man from frigid Willamette River
The Oregonian Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:12 AM PST
One Portland firefighter dove into the water while a man onshore held their jet ski and another firefighter pulled his colleague onboard. Together they rescued a 30-year-old man who fell into the frigid water. 

 Pair burned in Vic houseboat fire
The Age Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:21 PM PST
Two people have been burned in a fire on a houseboat northeast of Melbourne. 

Fernandina Beach News-Leader Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:30 AM PST
A Navy helicopter picked up three sailors from Connecticut after their 47-foot yacht, bound from New Haven to Fort Lauderdale, ran aground on shoals in the Nassau Sound. 

WK Outdoors – Illinois Man Charged with 3 Felonies in Boating Incident
SurfKY News
WESTERN KY (1/27/12) – A Wayne County grand jury has indicted an Illinois man on three felony counts stemming from a boating incident that severely injured a swimmer in Lake Cumberland Aug. 12, 2011. James Gibson, 26, of Chicago, is charged with .

 3 hospitalized after boat capsizes off Ocean Beach
San Francisco Chronicle
Emergency responders carry one of the victims of an overturned boat off of Ocean Beach to an ambulance after their boat overturned near San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. Three people were pulled from the ...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Featured News Item:

Lost Nantucket boat found years later near Spain
Fox News
A Massachusetts fishing boat lost at sea in rough waters in August 2008 was discovered thousands of miles away floating along the northern coast of Spain, according to a Nantucket newspaper. The Inquirer and Mirror reported that Scott Douglas and his ..

Stay with the boat. It will survive better than you. You are the weak link not the boat!

Boating News:

Man accused of trying to sell stolen boat on Craigslist
News Courier
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said the owner reported the 1986 Four Winds boat with a Mercury motor stolen Jan. 19 from a mini-storage building on US 72. “He thought he saw the boat on Craigslist, so we got in touch with the person in Falkville .

 St. Pete floats boat regulations
WTSP 10 News
PETERSBURG, Florida -- On sparkling waters, boats can be beautiful but, when abandoned, beauty can turn to hazardous eyesore. "You're never going to see that at night," says St. Pete Marine Officer Mike Robertson, pointing to a photograph of a nearly 

 Italians create new berthing tax for yachts
The Triton
By Editor A new Italian yacht tax was signed into law on Dec. 22 that would collect a surtax on yachts based on length, beginning with 5 euros a day for vessels of 12m and reaching 703 euros a day for vessels larger than 64m. The tax hits newer yachts ...

 S. Ind. boaters fighting Ohio River barge project, saying it would threaten ...
The Republic
AP JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Recreational boaters who ply the waters of the Ohio River are fighting a proposed barge-fleeting operation along Indiana's side of the river, arguing that the project would threaten boaters' safety by shifting barge traffic ...

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the US Department of Interior (DOI) awarded a total of $686919 in Boater Infrastructure Grant funding to the Gratwick Park Marina, administered through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

CAW President Calls on Feds to Stop Cuts to Coast Guard Communication Centres
CAW Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:31 AM PST
CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling on the federal government and the Coast Guard to stop a shortsighted plan to cut servicing hours for Marine Communications and Traffic Services personnel who provide critical distress and safety services on Canadian coastal waters. 

Is it the end of the road for road end docks?
Cadillac News Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:07 AM PST
CADILLAC â With a piece of legislation already off the Michigan Senate floor and into the House, boating enthusiasts should take notice. The reason â if Senate Bill 788 makes it to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk and he signs it, there are going to be fewer docks available throughout the state. 

RBFF touts results of online survey
Trade Only Today
A new study released by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation reveals that RBFF's Take Me Fishing brand and Take Me Fishing advertising continues to achieve high levels of awareness and is positively affecting decisions to participate in ...

Boating Safety News:

Drunken boating legislation progresses
Niles Daily Star
Legislation to bring the blood alcohol level for boaters and operators of other recreational vehicles in line with the limits for automobile drivers today cleared the House Judiciary Committee. House Bills 4072 and 4073, introduced by Rep.

Senate passes impaired boating bill
Bedford Times-Mail Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:08 PM PST
By a unanimous vote, the Indiana Senate Tuesday adopted a bill to align the stateâs motorboat and vehicle intoxication laws. Senate Bill 154 now moves to the House.

Boating safety especially important in winter
Columbia County News Times
There is no place on the lake where a boater cannot see land all around. This often gives a boater or fisherman a sense of security that does not exist. Even if you think you are a great swimmer, it is a long way to dry land on a possible uninhabited ..

Boater Education:

Pre-registration required for boating course
The Daily Jeffersonian Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:10 AM PST
The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Cambridge Watercraft Field Office, 1225 Woodlawn Ave., according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. 

Young boater safety course to be offered at boat show at state Fairgrounds
The Post-Standard Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:50 PM PST
Youths must pass the course to operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York state waters. 


Missing boater's body found off E. Quogue
Click here Missing boater's body found off E. Quogue Originally published: January 23, 2012 10:18 PM Updated: January 23, 2012 11:40 PM By BILL MASON The body of an East Quogue boater last seen Sunday afternoon was discovered .

 Calgary sailor dies in BC
National Post (blog)
By Cindy E. Harnett VICTORIA — A 62-year-old man is dead after the sailboat he crafted by hand in his backyard in Calgary was found adrift amid high seas and gusting winds just off Saltspring Island in British Columbia. RCMP confirmed identified the .

 Man drowns in boating tragedy
Perth Now Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:38 PM PST
A MAN is dead and another man has been rescued after a boat they were in capsized in Port Phillip Bay this morning. 

  Boating Accident: Police Name Victims
The police identified the two brothers who tragically lost their lives after a boating accident this morning [Jan.24] as 59-year-old Clifton Williams and 58-year-old Mikal Williams. A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now 

 Sailboat resident drowns in harbour
Gulf Islands Driftwood
By Sean McIntyre - Gulf Islands Driftwood Salt Spring RCMP blame Sunday's ferocious winter storm for the death of a 61-year-old island man who fell off his sailboat and drowned in Ganges Harbour on Sunday morning. “The wind was absolutely incredible,” .

 Man sentenced for drinking, boating death
Man sentenced for drinking, boating death. Eadie's friend Deborah Cummings entreats members of the Lake of Bays Association to tell the young man's story in the hopes that it might prevent a similar tragedy from taking place in the future.


Canadian sailor's boat found abandoned in Bahamas
Fox News
NASSAU, Bahamas – Police in the Bahamas are looking for a 72-year-old Canadian whose sailboat was found ransacked and abandoned off the island of Grand Bahama. The Royal Bahamas Police Force is distributing flyers of the missing John William Batchelor ...

Boating Accidents:

Coast Guard helps jet skier at Frankston beach
Leader Community Newspapers Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:15 PM PST
A MAN who fell off his jet ski this morning at Frankston beach needed help from the Coast Guard.

 Boaters saved by Coast Guard
PAMLICO SOUND, NC (WAVY) - Three people are safe after their sailboat "The Honey Badger" ran aground off the North Carolina coast over the weekend. A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the boaters from the water near Rawls Island.

Coast Guard airlifts three
Carteret County News-Times Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:41 AM PST
PAMLICO SOUND â A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted three people Saturday from the water after their sailboat ran aground near Rawls Island off Hyde County. 

Eleven teenagers rescued during yacht club training session
Yachting and Boating World Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:56 AM PST
Eleven teenagers had to be rescued during a training session when gale force winds capsized their dinghies. The children, aged between 13 and 16, were training with Sunderland Yacht Club when they got into trouble. 

Woman sues boat operator, renter
Charlotte Observer
By Gary L. Wright A Charlotte woman who lost one of her arms and her breasts after being struck by a boat propeller on Lake Norman last June has sued the boat operator. Deondra Scott - who also is suing the boat manufacturer and the person who rented

Sailboat Sinks Off Jacob's Point
The mast is all that's visible of a sailboat that sunk at its mooring off Jacob's Point Wednesday, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Dionne. By Ted Hayes Town officials are still waiting to hear a salvage plan from the owner of a 23-foot sailboat that sank at ...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Advocates for sea turtles seek to darken historic Hillsboro Lighthouse
"It's definitely something that the everyday boater needs. That light stands out more than anything else along the coastline." Montella, who for 30 years has hunted swordfish for pleasure and profit, said Hillsboro Inlet, over which the lighthouse ...

USA. Anchoring Restrictions on the Agenda at City of St. Petersburg Meeting ...
BYM News (press release)
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, cruisers and those who benefit from the economic impact of boater spending to attend this meeting to have their concerns heard. The January 24 meeting follows last year's October ..

 Boating: Sailors' superstitions are still around
The News-Press
Dolphins following in the wake of a boat bring good luck, so for Southwest Florida boaters that is good news. Take America's Boating Course offered by the Cape Coral Power Squadron. The course fulfills the state requirement for boaters born after 1998. ..

Boating Safety News:

Change proposed in no-wake rule
Daily Republic
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks has proposed a number of changes to existing boating restrictions on several bodies of water in South Dakota, including Lake Mitchell. The proposal would create a no-wake zone on all of Lake Mitchell ...

 Marco Island Waterways Committee returns to its goals to aid boaters and ...
Naples Daily News
Items included safe boating, canal navigation and signage. Chairman Don Dilks asked how the committee could develop a direct focus on safe boating programs. Committee members Kris Helland and Gale Vinson pointed to ongoing seminars by Marco Island's ...

Boater Education:

  Skipper uses simulator to help improve boating safety
Baltimore Sun Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:46 PM PST
Annapolis skipper uses Dutch-made simulator at school John Martino was not pleased when he saw where organizers of this year's New York Boat Show had stuck his booth inside the cavernous Javits Center earlier this month. He was in a distant corner, far enough from the main flow of foot traffic that he could have been a few blocks west in the Hudson River

Meteorology for mariners: Everything a boater needs to know about weather
Riverhead LOCAL
Weather can cause safety issues on land, but for boaters the potential hazards can be even more serious. Students will become keen weather observers and learn the principles of meteorology. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, .

Maritime Academy offers cruise basic safety training
NBC 24 Toledo Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:07 AM PST
Monday begins a new cruise ship professional development training and U.S. Coast Guard-approved basic safety training by the Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation. 

 Boating course to be offered in Sausalito by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Marin Independent-Journal
Boat handling, safety equipment, basic navigation, weather, radio, tides and currents, boating safety and more will be covered. For information, contact JoAnn Dunaway at or call 332-5548. The cost including textbook is $75.


Report: 17 die when boat capsizes in southern Iran
Washington Post
TEHRAN, Iran — Seventeen people have died after a storm capsized a passenger boat off of Iran's southern coast, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The boat sank Saturday evening while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of ...

 Senior drowns after falling off boat near Saltspring Island
A man drowned after falling off a sailboat near Ganges Harbour on Saltspring Island Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy bee wolf ray via Flickr) SALTSPRING ISLAND (NEWS1130) - A senior drowned after falling off his sailboat near Saltspring Island Sunday .

Boating Accidents:

One person injured in boat collision
ABC News 4 Charleston Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:29 PM PST
Rescue crews are currently responding to a boating accident in Berkeley County. 

 UCSC Student's Dream of Living at Sea Is Shipwrecked
The broken dream is 1971 Coronado 27-foot sailboat, destroyed by storm swell while anchored off Cowell's beach, west of the Municipal Wharf. The boat belongs to Alex, a 20-year-old anthropology sophmore at UCSC, who has long dreamed of living aboard a ...

 Stranded Boaters Rescued
A Huntsville Fire & Rescue squad found the boaters near the Madison County boat docks off Hobbs Island Road and used a rope to haul their boat onto dry land. Huntsville Fire & Rescue District Chief Ronnie Dodson says, "You also gotta watch the weather, ...

 Power boat burns, sinks in Sausalito
San Jose Mercury News
By Nels Johnson A 30-foot power boat anchored off Sausalito was destroyed early Sunday after a fire broke out, sinking in an angry bay stirred by wind and waves. No one was aboard, and no one was hurt when the vessel burst into flames several hundred ...