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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

National Safe Boating Week May 19 -25

 Presidential Proclamation -- National Safe Boating Week, 2012
The White House Mon, 21 May 2012 08:54 AM PDT
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK, 2012 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For generations, Americans have enjoyed our scenic lakes, rivers, and oceans as places for rest and recreation, sharing with friends and family a well-loved tradition. During National Safe Boating Week, we renew our commitment to safe, responsible practices on our Nation's waterways. By .

 Safe Boating Week Declared
WestportNow Mon, 21 May 2012 10:48 AM PDT
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff declared this week National Safe Boating Week in Westport and presented a proclamation to Grant Kaminek (l), safety officer, and Russell B. Levine, education officer, of the Saugatuck Sail and Power Squadron. 

 National Safe Boating Week under way
WTOC 11 Savannah Mon, 21 May 2012 10:43 AM PDT
National Safe Boating Week runs May 19-25 and aims to bring about awareness on the importance of following safe boating practices and wearing life jackets. 

 Tri-State Boating Safety Fair to promote life jackets
The Cerbat Gem
Boating officials from three states are teaming up once again to stress the importance of wearing a life jacket at the ninth annual Tri-State Boating Safety Fair at the Colorado River. The event will take place May 19 from 10 am to 2 pm at London

 Boating safety week kicks off with world record attempt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel National Safe Boating Week events kicked off Saturday with an international effort to set the world record for number of life jackets worn. I attended the event at the Simmons Island public boat launch in 

Blessing of the fleet
Santa Rosa Press Gazette Tue, 22 May 2012 08:44 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary kicked off National Safe Boating Week along the Blackwater River on Saturday by giving boats and their captains a special blessing. Members of Flotilla 01-08 "Guardians of the Blackwater", along with others participated... 

It's Boating Safety Week in Louisiana as boating season kicks off this weekend
KTAL Shreveport Tue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching.  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officials want to educate boaters on safety before heading out to enjoy the state's lakes and rivers.  It's all part of this year's Boat Safety Week.

Authorities Stress Boating Safety Following Fatal River Accident
By Larissa Dudkiewicz Officials with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, US Coast Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers discuss recreational boating safety. With National Safe Boating Week underway, authorities are stressing caution after a jet  

 National Safe Boating Week—Avoid These Common Injuries
I spent my childhood in West Virginia's many natural and man made lakes and streams and enjoy boating on Long Island Sound and around New York City. Before launching my Grady White Tournament style boat in saltwater in NY a few years ago, ...

 DNR boating inspections set during Memorial Day weekend
The Tand
DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration ..

 Boating Industry Association of NSW awarded funding for Water Safety Programs
Boating Industry
BIA of NSW was awarded $194300 to deliver the Boat Smart Safe Boating Program to more schools in NSW. BIA's General Manager Roy Privett said “BIA and its members will work with the Marine Teachers Association of NSW and NSW Roads and Maritime Services 

 Boaters warned to beware dams
According to the US Coast Guard, there were 4588 boating accidents on the country's waterways in 2011; those incidents caused 3081 injuries and 758 fatalities during the year. And alcohol was involved in half of those fatalities.

Boater Education:

Fit to be tied
The Daily Mining Gazette Mon, 21 May 2012 09:33 AM PDT
Stephen Anderson/Daily Mining Gazette Dave Boutin, Flotilla Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, demonstrates tying a reef/square knot during his Marlinspike Seamanship knot-tying workshop Saturday afternoon at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. 

Here's your chance to learn how to sail this summer
The Brockville Recorder and Times Mon, 21 May 2012 09:40 AM PDT
You can sail for life if you learn to sail safely. The Brockville Yacht Club is opening up registration for its summer sailing school for kids and adults. While there's four, two-week sessions for kids in July and August, the adult program is a four-week session in June.[...] 

 AGFC boating education course
Hope Star Tue, 22 May 2012 07:51 AM PDT
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Mandatory Boating Education Regulation says that: Anyone born after December 31, 1985 must take and pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course and carry proof that he or she satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas.

Boating Safety News:

Deadline looms to buy new sheriff's patrol boat
First, the good news: The Pierce County Sheriff's Department won the $525000 Homeland Security grant it needed to buy a new saltwater patrol and rescue boat. Now, the not-so-good news: It must find a company to build and deliver the boat in the next 13 ...

 Coast Guard stresses boater safety
Brownsville Herald
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Summer means more boats on the waters off South Padre Island, where fun turns to tragedy for boaters who don't follow the rules, US Coast Guard officials said. The “vast majority” of boating-related deaths occur during the summer,

Tompkins: Staying safe on the water is elementary
Houston Chronicle
Few of these tragedies would happen if boaters would take one simple step: wear a life jacket. Nationally, 84 percent of persons who drowned as a result of a boating mishap this past year were not wearing a life jacket, or personal flotation device, ..

  Be aware of boaters when out on the water
The News-Press
There are lots of other boaters. So where am I going with this? I have almost been run over at least twice, if not three times, in the past few weeks by other boaters trying to bully, or just not knowing any difference, about the rules of the road.

Sea Tow Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer Promotes Boating Safety
Commander Joe Vojvodich recommended that boaters do safety checks on their boats and take a boater safety class to brush up before hitting the water with friends and family this summer. And everyone in the crowd — including 7-month-old Paige ...

Small Craft Harbor Commission hears concerns on removal of Department of Boating and Waterways
The Argonaut Mon, 21 May 2012 10:44 AM PDT
The Los Angeles County Small Craft Harbor Commission heard from a boaters group about opposition to the proposed elimination of the California Department of Boating and Waterways and received an update on a storage facility lease renegotiation at its May 9 meeting in Marina del Rey. 

 Watercraft office hours extended
Port Clinton News Herald Mon, 21 May 2012 05:42 AM PDT
SANDUSKY -- The Division of Watercraft has extended office hours Mondays and Tuesdays through July 10 to enhance customer service for those wanting to get their watercraft registration. The office is at 1407 Cleveland Road, Sandusky

 Boaters reminded to wear life jackets
Appleton Post Crescent
GREEN BAY — With the return of the recreational boating season, the US Coast Guard in Green Bay and state Department of Natural Resources are reminding boaters about the importance of personal flotation devices. Boaters are required to carry ...

 Boating inspection, fire safety class offered
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
WATERLOO --- The Waterloo Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the US Power Squadron, will offer a voluntary vessel safety check from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday at Brinker Lake parking lot as part of National Safe Boating Week this week.

 Boating safety urged as season begins
Ct Post
The Milford inflatable fire rescue boat takes part in an interactive boating and kayaking safety demonstration in Stratford, Conn. on Monday, May 21, 2012. The Stratford Waterfront and Harbor Management Commission held the event in recognition of 

Lake County Marine Patrol promotes boater safety on Lake Erie
Plain Dealer (blog)
He said many boaters aren't prepared for an accident, lacking enough lifejackets and flares, and also lacking a working fire extinguisher. "Everybody thinks it'll never happen to them," Leonbruno said. "They just always think they'll have the time 

Union fights Kitsilano coast guard station closure
CBC British Columbia Tue, 22 May 2012 08:42 AM PDT
The union representing workers at the Kitsilano coast guard station says it's launching a campaign to pressure the federal government into keeping the facility open. 

 NC commissioner charged with impaired boating
The Daily Reflector Tue, 22 May 2012 11:53 AM PDT
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) â A Davidson County commissioner has been accused of driving a motorboat while impaired and failure to cooperate with police. The Dispatch of Lexington reported ( ) that 47-year-old Todd Yates was stopped by an officer with the Wildlife Resources Commission who saw his boat speeding in a no-wake zone of High Rock Lake. 

 Boater's Safety A Concern This Holiday Weekend
But all that excitement will actually keep fisherman Ernie Olson off the water and away from boaters. "We're fisherman and they kind of drive close to your boat. You know, they're supposed to stay so many feet out but they don't pay attention to that ...


Middle Island Boy, 14, Killed Riding Jet Ski
Long Island Press Mon, 21 May 2012 06:50 AM PDT
A 14-year-old boy was killed while riding a personal water craft in Peconic Bay in Mattituck on Sunday afternoon. Southold Town Police said Dominick Trionfo...  

 1 dead in jet ski accident in western Pa.
The Intelligencer Mon, 21 May 2012 02:46 AM PDT
EDGEWORTH, Pa. (AP) â Authorities say a woman is dead and a man is injured after a jet ski they were riding went over a dam in western Pennsylvania. 

 Body of missing boater found
Beckley Register-Herald
By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter The body of a missing boater was found around noon Sunday near the Thurmond Bridge, according to Jeff West with the National Park Service. Bradley Alexander Sr., 41, of Fayetteville, was boating Wednesday on

 UPDATE: Boat Crash Victims Identified
WOWT Omaha Mon, 21 May 2012 09:12 AM PDT
The names of four people who died in a single boating accident this weekend have been released. Two johnboats collided on the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa about 2am Saturday. Johnboats are flat-bottomed boats often made of aluminum. 

 Body of Canadian boater recovered from ocean floor off popular Cayman Islands beach
Brandon Sun Mon, 21 May 2012 17:48 PM PDT
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Police in the Cayman Islands say they have recovered the body of a Canadian man who apparently drowned after jumping off a boat. 

 Body of missing Loves Park boater found
WREX-TV Rockford Mon, 21 May 2012 16:07 PM PDT
Almost two days ago a Loves Park man disappeared on the Rock River now the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department thinks they may have found him. They pulled a body from the water this afternoon.


 Gulf of Mexico search for 6 after boat sinks
KFDA-TV Amarillo Mon, 21 May 2012 10:10 AM PDT
The Coast Guard is searching for six people believed missing after receiving a distress call that their fishing boat was taking on water and sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston. 

 Boater missing off Point Pelee
Windsor Star Mon, 21 May 2012 19:18 PM PDT
An Essex County man in his 50s went missing in the waters west of Point Pelee Monday evening.

Boating Accidents:

 NY boater rescued as craft takes on water
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY (AP) -- The Coast Guard has rescued a boater who reported that his craft was taking on water. The man called 911 Sunday afternoon reporting that his boat was flooding in the Niagara River near North Tonawanda.

 Oakdale firefighters rescue boater - Local -
Oakdale firefighters launched a rescue boat and found a woman who had been knocked overboard Sunday afternoon.

 Wayward sailboat drifts onto beach
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Firefighters and lifeguards rescued a sailboat that ran aground Sunday off Maili. Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said several people live on the yawl, which is usually kept anchored at Waianae Small Boat Harbor, but they have to move it out of the

 Fisherman whipped in face by cable
Boston Herald Mon, 21 May 2012 10:10 AM PDT
A 46-year-old fisherman was rushed by Coast Guard helicopter to Logan Airport this morning after officials say... 

 Hawkins Point boating accident sends three to hospital
Baltimore Sun
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun A water rescue of four people from a boat offshore from Hawkins Point in Baltimore late Sunday night resulted in three people being taken to area hospitals, two of them in critical condition, the United States Coast ...

 Coast Guard rescues boater adrift in Detroit River
Detroit Free Press
AP The US Coast Guard has rescued a boater whose vessel was adrift in the Detroit River. The Coast Guard says the boater used a VHF-FM marine radio to request help Monday. Crews from Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, responded by boat and helicopter.

Boating News:

 FWP warns of invasive species
KPAX Missoula Sun, 20 May 2012 17:14 PM PDT
MISSOULA- As boaters anxiously prepare to get out on the water invasive aquatic species are anxious to hitch a ride on watercraft

 Irondequoit Town Board adopts boating amendments
Penfield Post
Boaters and lakeside residents are struggling to find a compromise to scenes like this so-called "boat block party" just off shore in the Sea Breeze area of Irondequoit on a hot summer's day. By Linda Quinlan, staff writer Despite a balmy, summer-like ...

 Somalis tried in Paris for yacht crew hijack
Paris - Six Somalis go on trial in a Paris court on Tuesday charged with taking the 30 crew of luxury sailing ship Le Ponant hostage in the emerald, pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden in 2008. The six men, aged 25 to 50, face life in prison if ...

 Officials seek boater help curbing invasive mussel
Las Vegas Sun
AP Researchers who have documented a nearly tenfold increase in quagga mussels in Lake Mead since 2007 say they need help from boaters to keep the invasive species from spreading. Scientists from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are asking the ...

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