Boating Safety Is For Life

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

News Item of the day:

Three injured after jet ski explodes at Lake at the Ozarks
KCTV 5 Kansas City Mon, 28 May 2012 15:03 PM PDT
A jet ski accident has left a Lee's Summit man with serious burns, and the owner looks back on the weekend's events as a painful lesson on the volatility of gasoline.  

Explosion Sparks Sailboat Fire, 2 Rescued
By AP HACKS POINT, Md. -- A Pennsylvania man and his 3-year-old son were rescued in a northwest Maryland river by a passing boater after an engine explosion set his sailboat on fire. The 28-foot Columbia Cabin sailboat was traveling on the Bohemia ...

Brunswick explosion destroys 37-foot boat
Portland Press Herald Mon, 28 May 2012 21:03 PM PDT
The boaters, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, were refueling the yacht when the blast occurre

This is a painful lesson.  And it should be a lesson to everyone who operates a gasoline powered boat.  Do not let anyone else fuel your boat! At the very least supervise it. Make sure the fuel is put into the tank.  Also at least twice annually check your fuel system to make sure it is safe.  Run the blower for four minutes before starting the engine.  Use the best gas detector there is, your nose. Open the engine hatch and check for fumes.  Gasoline is very dangerous and needs to be treated as such. 

Boater Education:

DNR Approves 'Mobile-Ready' Version of Boating Certification Website
Boaters in West Virginia now can obtain their boating certification by using SmartPhones or tablets. Boaters in West Virginia now can obtain their boating certification by using SmartPhones or tablets. The holiday weekend's events actually started ...

Boater safety class planned
The Daily Telegram Tue, 29 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT
The Lenawee County Sheriffs Department has announced a boater safety class will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Devilâs Lake Water Sports. 

N.J. boating safety classes this weekend in Denville
The Citizen of Morris County Wed, 30 May 2012 08:42 AM PDT
Summer is coming and the waters are calling, but be warned that if you want to operate any personal watercraft with an engine, including Jet Skis and WaveRunners, on New Jersey waters, the state requi 

ODNR to offer power boating skills courses
The Daily Sentinel Wed, 30 May 2012 03:49 AM PDT
COLUMBUS â Two new classes are being offered this summer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesâ (ODNR) Division of Watercraft. The first class is a newly developed power boating basics ..

Boating Safety News:

Patrol boat launches boat season (video)
Fremont News Messenger
Seaman said deputies are keeping an extra lookout this summer for drunken boat operation, reckless operation and completion of state boater safety education requirements. "Our main job is to make sure the boaters are safe out here," he said.

APD arrests 89 during 'No Refusal' holiday weekend
KVUE-TV Austin Tue, 29 May 2012 09:43 AM PDT
AUSTIN -- Police have released the numbers for their latest 'No Refusal' initiative. APD patrolled the roads and lakes over the holiday weekend, watching for those who were driving or boating while intoxicated. During the 'No Refusal' initiative, those who were pulled over and refused to take a breath test were then forced to have their blood drawn instead. Over the holiday weekend there were 88 

 Life jackets can be lifesavers for those headed out on the water
WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 29 May 2012 13:24 PM PDT
With Memorial Day behind us and the summer creeping closer, more people are hitting the water with their boats. The best way to stay safe is by wearing a life jacket. Accidents happen quickly and they aren't planned.. A simple fall overboard, for example. And if you aren't wearing a life jacket, you could be killed. Ryan Walt is a watercraft safety manager with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat .

Metro Residents Involved in Boating Accidents
“It is boating season,” said Sgt Collin Stossberg, MO Highway Patrol. “We have a lot of people out and about we want everyone to enjoy their weekends but do it safely.” Twenty-four people went to jail for boating while intoxicated over the weekend

DNR warns of holiday boating
Allen Perkins says, "We do practice safety and all, because with boating you have to have the right amount of life jackets. We just want to be safe because there are a lot of people on the water." The Department of natural resources will patrol areas ...

  Officers give out a dozen Boating While Intoxicated charges
"We've encountered far more intoxicated boaters than we have probably ever before on Memorial Day weekend," said Dulin. "So far, we've arrested nine impaired boat operators and three underage alcohol consumption cases off of Lake Shafer and Lake ...

 Local Game Warden Urging Boater Safety
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, in 2010, the department recorded 152 boating accidents and 27 fatalities in the state. It's being reported 85 % of those who died while boating weren't wearing life jackets. “It very well can be lethal,

 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:06 PM PDT TWRA Makes 22 BUI Arrests Over Holiday Weekend
WTVC Chattanooga Wed, 30 May 2012 15:06 PM PDT
TWRA Officer Mitch Clure tickets a man on Ft. Loudon Lake for not wearing a life preserver while riding a personal watercraft. The orange life preserver he has on now is a loaner TWRA officers provide while they escort violators back to shore. (Photo: Matt Majors, TWRA) No one died in any boating-relating accidents over the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to the Tennessee Wildlife 

 7 die in crashes, no boating fatalities over Memorial Day weekend
The Rolla Daily News
There were no boating fatalities over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend. However, troopers investigated 14 boating crashes involving six injuries. Troopers also arrested 24 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend.

 Memorial Day Weekend Free Of Boating-Related Fatalities
The Chattanoogan
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reporting that there were no boating-related fatalities reported over the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend. During the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, there were eight 

 Law Enforcement Prepares to Crack Down on Boating Under the Influence
By Karen Jordan The yearly event, which is part of Boating Under the Influence, or BUI, aims to help raise awareness of the perils of operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol. "We have boating accidents as a result of alcohol, 

 Boating safety and survival tips
Many people have already taken out their boats to get a jump start on boating season. However, before you hit the waves, there are a few things you need to pack. Tyronza Snowden who said he has been boating since 1986, told NBC25 he knows what he needs ..


Second Boater's Body Recovered In Bay
WBAL Radio
Authorities also recovered the body of thea boater who was killed after a 21-foot pleasure vessel hit a stone jetty at Kent Narrows. Maryland Natural Resources police say the body of 43-year-old David Whitlow of Hebron was recovered Monday afternoon.

  Boater dies in Point Judith Harbor
Providence Eyewitness News
By Jennifer Quinn Michael Gatanti, 56, of New Hampshire, fell from the stern of a moored boat early Saturday morning. Two people aboard the boat pulled him from the water, but were unable to resuscitate him. Officials are awaiting results of an autopsy ...

 Man killed in Kingston boat crash identified
Portsmouth Herald Tue, 29 May 2012 11:50 AM PDT
KINGSTON â Marine Patrol on Monday identified the man killed in a weekend boating accident on Country Pond as Merrimack resident Eric Eskeland. 

 Clark County Sheriff's Office identifies Washington family involved in boating accident
The Oregonian Tue, 29 May 2012 10:24 AM PDT
Robert R. Schmaltz, a 59-year-old of Marysville, was transported to OHSU Hospital is expected to fully recover. His son, Eric R. Schmaltz, 34 of Sedro-Wooley, was treated for exposure at the scene. His stepson, a 13-year-old boy, is presumed drowned. 

 GRDA Identifies Broken Arrow Man As Grand Lake Drowning Victim
KWTV News9 Tue, 29 May 2012 12:55 PM PDT
Nathan Session of Broken Arrow was reported missing Sunday evening after he fell off a personal watercraft

 Drinking And Boating Don't Mix
Hartford Courant
Boating under the influence of alcohol is as dangerous as — in some situations more dangerous than — driving under the influence. This should be obvious, but apparently it is not, at least to some pickled skippers. A report by the Connecticut Health ...


 13-year-old boater missing on Columbia River
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The three boaters were tossed into the water near Lady Island at about 10:15 am A witness reported that the boat that was anchored got entangled in the anchor line and overturned. Rescue crews from several agencies in Washington state and Oregon spent ...

Boating Accidents

Winds, rough seas play havoc with Swiftsure yacht race
Vancouver Sun
High winds and rough seas battered Swiftsure yacht racers this weekend, causing one man to fall overboard while an entire crew abandoned their boat after crashing into some rocks. Organizers say winds reached up to 70 km/h, making this year's races ...

2 girls rescued after north shore jet ski accident
WGN TV Chicago Mon, 28 May 2012 20:14 PM PDT
Coast Guard helps near Winnetka The U.S. Coast Guard late Monday afternoon rescued two girls from Lake Michigan after the girls were tossed from their jet ski and left stranded in the cold water for about an hour.  

 Jet Ski Explosion At Lake Hartwell Sends Rider To Hospital
WSPA Spartanburg Mon, 28 May 2012 15:05 PM PDT
Jet Ski Explosion At Lake Hartwell Sends Rider To Hospital 

 Jet ski riders rescued by boater on South Side
WGN Radio Chicago Mon, 28 May 2012 14:49 PM PDT
Chicago Fire Department and police rescuers responded this afternoon to a call of a boat in distress but the people in distress were actually jet ski riders who were rescued by a passing boater and then got back on their jet ski, officials said. 

 Coast Guard rescues 3 near Winchester Bay
KMTR Eugene Tue, 29 May 2012 09:17 AM PDT
The Coast Guard rescued three people early Tuesday from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay.

 Teen injured in boating accident improving
KOCO 5 Oklahoma City Tue, 29 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT
There is new information about an Oklahoma teen who was hit by a boat over Memorial Day weekend

 Two people rescued after boat overturns in Ocean View
13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads Tue, 29 May 2012 14:02 PM PDT
NORFOLK -- Two people were rescued Tuesday afternoon after their watercraft overturned. It happened about 4:15 near Sturgis Street and E. Ocean View. Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department says another recreational boat pulled alongside the catamaran to assist.  The two people onboard are okay

CL Man Charged in Weekend Boating Accident in Fox Lake
A speed boat crashed into a pontoon boat on Saturday, May 26 at approximately 9:40 pm Lake County Sheriff's Marine Deputies were called to Myers Bay in Fox Lake for a boating accident involving injuries. There were two boats involved in the crash, .

Dog Found Safe After Falling Off Boat In River
CBS2 Chicago
Tank, a 5-year-old Pomeranian who weighs 8 or 9 pounds, is missing after apparently falling off a boat on the Chicago River. (Credit: Mark Lewis) CHICAGO (CBS) — A little life vest-wearing dog that slipped off a boat in the Chicago River Sunda

 Updated 5:20 pm: Visitor pulled into boat propellers
Maui News
KAANAPALI -- A swimmer was injured Tuesday morning when she was caught in the current and was swept under the hull into the propeller of a sailboat that was waiting to board passengers at Kaanapali Beach, police and medics said.

 2 men rescued from Lake Michigan
WKBT La Crosse Wed, 30 May 2012 06:24 AM PDT
Two U.S Coast Guard rescued two men from Lake Michigan after their boat began to take on water

 Portales Woman Critical After Boating Mishap
Albuquerque Journal Wed, 30 May 2012 06:12 AM PDT
Shaina Pool, 22, of Portales, is in critical condition at an Amarillo hospital following a boating accident at about 6 p.m. Sunday on Ute Lake, a family friend told the... Read more

 45ft yacht sinks in Penzance Harbour
Yachting and Boating World Wed, 30 May 2012 10:08 AM PDT
A 45ft steel yacht sank whilst her owners slept on a boat moored next to her in Penzance Harbour. YBW reader Sandi Shiret was sleeping on her Westerly Conway Taransay Mhor in the raft directly in front of the unfortunate boat and sent us a photo of the empty birth

Boating News:

 7 weeks after sailboat accident, boy leaves hospital
An 8-year-old boy, injured in a sailboat accident on a lake near here, could return home this week. Doctors allowed Isaiah Risland on Friday to leave St. Paul's Gillette Hospital seven weeks after the April 6 accident that killed his two younger ...

 ODNR seeks recreational boating photos
The Daily Jeffersonian Wed, 30 May 2012 10:05 AM PDT
Photography enthusiasts willing to capture the essence of Ohio's recreational boating and spread the joy of being on Ohio's waters can submit their photos to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft. Selected images will be highlighted in an online photo gallery.

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