Boating Safety Is For Life

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boater Education:

Boating Safety classes set July 7
Dayton Courier Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:16 AM PDT
The Flotilla 05 and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are sponsoring a one-day boating safety course on July 7 beginning at 8:15 a.m. at Serendipity Book Store in Fallon on Main Street. 

Spirit of America boating safety program also helping youths ...
Casey Shuttleworth had never been sailing before until he took part of the Spirit of America boating safety summer education program conducted by Lake .

Boating Safety:

 Boating: The art of docking
Beach Bulletin
In effect, you as boaters have a responsibility to boat to more restaurants. Not just for the great food or the enjoyment of being on the water with friends but to ...

 Boat Crash in N.Y. Highlights Dangers of Boating Under the Influence
Insurance Journal Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:22 AM PDT
A fatal boat crash off Long Island, New York, is prompting a safety initiative.The Coast Guard and local law enforcers are part of the renewed effort to target unsafe conditions for boaters and residents off the coast of Long Island 

 15 arrests Made During "Operation Dry Water"
KOMU Columbia Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:45 AM PDT
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced results from "Operation Dry Water" campaign on Wednesday, noting troopers made 15 arrests for boating while intoxicated and issued 44 citations for other safety violations. 182 boaters were contacted during the operation at the Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage and Gasconade rivers on June 23. 

 Operation Dry Water
Gridley Herald Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:53 AM PDT
Gridley, Calif. â Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and boating under the influence (BUI) was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guardâs report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

 Impaired boaters cited during 'Operation Dry Water'
The Daily Jeffersonian Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:03 AM PDT
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft participated in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown to remove impaired boaters from public waterways during the weekend of June 22-24. 

Boat ID checks slated next month
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:08 AM PDT
Because of the number of watercraft hull-identification checks in Steuben County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will conduct twice-a-week checks at the Pokagon State Park office, 450 Lane 100, near Angola, beginning in July.  

10 arrested during drunken boating crackdown
Green Bay Press Gazette
Ten people were arrested last weekend during a statewide crackdown on drinking while boating.

  National Safe Boating Council encourages boaters to take “Safe ...
Sonoran News
Washington, D.C. – The 4th of July celebration is right around the corner and is a popular time for boaters to get out and enjoy being on the water with family and ...

GEICO encourages boaters to review hurricane insurance options
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Jun 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Even boat owners with the most ardent hurricane preparedness plans are at risk this hurricane season.

Outdoors news: DNR offers tips for safe boating
Savannah Morning News
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Outdoors tip of the week: Bowline knot more than a boater's best friend
Detroit Free Press
Last week a friend untied a line that had been fastened to the bow of his boat for four years. Called a bowline for obvious reasons, it took only seconds and finger pressure to open a knot invented centuries ago by sailors who needed to tie or free a ...

Deal: Lower legal blood alcohol limit for boating
WDEF Chattanooga Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:18 AM PDT
ATLANTA (AP) â Governor Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit levels for boaters and hunters in the wake of a tragedy on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers. Deal says the current blood alcohol limit of .10 is too high. He says when the Legislature convenes in January, he will work with lawmakers to lower the limit to .08 ...

Black River boating speed concerns make waves
Jackson County Chronicle Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:03 PM PDT
The city of Black River Falls is investigating how to reduce the incidence of fast-moving watercraft on the Black River that cause shoreline erosion and pose safety concerns. 

Agencies Unite to Fight Boating Under the Influence
Their combined Boating Safety Initiative will allow law enforcement officers to work together to enforce safety concerns and to deal with the serious problem of Boating Under the Influence (BUI). “With limited budgets and personnel numbers, our two ...


Body of missing boater believed to be found
Newsradio 620
Officials say they've recovered a body believed to be that of a man reported missing after he fell from a boat on the Mississippi River in Dubuque.

2 confirmed dead in Rend Lake boating accident
KSDK St. Louis Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:12 AM PDT
Two people are confirmed dead following Tuesday's boating accident on Rend Lake in Franklin County.

Two killed in high-speed boat crash
WPSD Local 6 Paducah Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:03 PM PDT
Wednesday morning dive teams found the body of that boater who'd been missing since Tuesday afternoon. We also learned another woman injured in the crash died. 

Stillwater River claims boaters life
Laurel Outlook Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:46 AM PDT
A Billings man drowned this weekend, June 23, when he became trapped beneath the water while boating on the Stillwater River.

Body of Griffin Prince found at Lake Lanier
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Paul Bennett, who was driving the fishing vessel that collided with the Prince family's pontoon boat, already has been charged with boating under the influence ..

Body of missing boater recovered from Lake Minnetonka
Pioneer Press Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:18 PM PDT
Authorities have recovered the body of a young man who drowned in Lake Minnetonka.

Police investigation continues in Auke Lake death
Juneau Empire Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:04 AM PDT
The Juneau Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed Saturday's fatal jet ski and inner tube collision at Auke Lake to call police if they haven't already. Lt. 

 Filer man dies, 2 injured in boating accident
KIVI Boise Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:51 AM PDT
ROGERSON, Idaho (AP) -- Twin Falls County officials say a Filer man was killed and two others were injured when the boat they were traveling in hit a rock wall at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir in south-central Idaho. 


 Boater missing on Rose Lake
Cadillac News Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:15 PM PDT
OSCEOLA COUNTY â Law enforcement officers searched Rose Lake for a missing boater Wednesday night. Emergency workers responded to Rose Lake Wednesday after a 52-year-old man reportedly fell from a boat and disappeared under the water, said Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay.

Boating Accidents:

 Local resident helps rescue stranded boaters in Indian River
Florida Today
Four boaters were rescued from the Indian River today with help from a local resident after their boat capsized due to an approaching storm.

Sailing Instructor Rescues 8 Children Adrift on Sakonnet River
In a dramatic rescue Tuesday, eight children were saved after their sailboats were blown off course on the Sakonnet River.

Disaster strikes Newport Bermuda yachts on their way home
Hamilton Bermuda: The Bermuda Race Organising Committee learned from Bermuda Harbour Radio on Tuesday local time that two boats returning from the .

  Norwegian Star Rescues 6 from Stranded Sailboat
Cruise Fever
Norwegian Cruise Line has reported that the Norwegian Star cruise ship rescued six stranded on a sailboat Tuesday afternoon. Captain Kenneth Harstrom ..

 PHOTOS: See a Charred Couch from This Morning's Houseboat Fire on Westlake Avenue
Seattle Weekly Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:08 PM PDT
Many of us have probably fantasized about owning a houseboat. Far fewer have likely fantasized about battling an early-morning fire on said houseboat. But that's exactly what Seattle Fire Department i 

 Man struck by boat propeller in Millerton accident
KFSN-TV Fresno Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:21 AM PDT
A man had to be airlifted to a Fresno hospital Tuesday after a boating accident on Millerton Lake. Even after the victim was taken from the scene, investigators had a tough time finding the boat involved in the accident. 

 Boat builder stranded alone at sea for 50 DAYS after mast snapped as he crossed the Atlantic in friend's boat
Daily Mail Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:44 AM PDT
Instead of calling for emergency help, the stubborn boat builder from Cornwall risked his life to repair the vessel, before rescuers finally found him. 

 Coast Guard rescues kayakers in Hilton Head
Live 5 News Charleston Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:19 AM PDT
The Coast Guard responded to a 911-relay call around 9:14 p.m. on Wednesday saying that three kayakers were stranded in mud in Hilton Head. Local agencies were unable to rescue them on their own. 

Boating News:

 Boaters beware: Bigger fines, more scrutiny to thwart invasive species
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:37 AM PDT
Just in time for ramped-up Fourth of July watercraft activity, conservation officials are mobilizing around the state and alerting the boating public Thursday that fines double starting Sunday for violations of Minnesota's aquatic invasive species laws.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

 Washington State

2012 boat decals expire June 30
The Whidbey Examiner Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:41 PM PDT
Summer boating is right around the corner, and so is the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals. In Washington, all boat registrations expire on June 30. 

Boater Education:
Safe boating course offered Saturday in Stonington
The Westerly Sun Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:31 AM PDT
The course satisfies state requirements allowing individuals to apply for and obtain a Connecticut safe boating certificate. 

 Boating Safety news:

National Safe Boating Council Encourages Boaters to Take "Safe ...MarketWatch (press release)
The National Safe Boating Council [ ] (NSBC) is encouraging all boaters to take the "Safe Summer Pledge" this July 4th.

 DNR: Drunken boaters on decline
Appleton Post Crescent
Boaters and law enforcement officials say crackdowns on those who drink and operate water craft is having an impact — they see fewer drunken boaters on ..

 Coast Guard advises boaters, swimmers to exercise caution
Wink News
TAMPA - The Coast Guard is strongly urging boaters and swimmers to stay off, and stay out of, ocean waters along the Florida coastline until Tropical Storm ..

Boaters and bridges still a potential disaster
At this time of the year, boaters can be a big problem to the bridge fishermen of the Seacoast as they zoom under the bridges without watching for the ...

Several Boaters Arrested For Boating Under The Influence
WDEF News 12
Several Tennesseans were arrested this weekend and charged with boating under the influence. According to the TWRA, one boating accident also occurred.

 Another drunken Illinois boater spends weekend in the Van Buren ...
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- A few hours after they busted a boatload of noisy under aged drinkers on Christie Lake in Van Buren County, the Marine ...

 Barnidge: Boating season on the Delta means accidents are waiting to happen
Oakland Tribune Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
You don't need a license to operate a recreational powerboat in California. You don't need to take a course or pass a test. All you need is a waterway and proof that you're 16 years old (or, gulp, 12 if accompanied by an adult)

 DNR Urges Boater Safety Following Tragic Week On Area Waterways
WSAW Wausau Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:08 AM PDT
With all this beautiful weather we have had here in north central Wisconsin, law enforcement wants people to be aware while out on area waterways. 

Wear a lifejacket, says drowned man's widow
Stuff Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:04 AM PDT
A woman who lost her husband and a child in a boating tragedy last month has spoken out for the first time and called for better education around water safety to prevent more drownings.


Bodies of two drowning victims found in Marathon County
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:27 AM PDT
Bodies of two men - a fisherman and a boater - who drowned at the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir this week were recovered within 12 hours of one another by Saturday, according to the Stevens Point Daily Journal. 

One boater dies, another missing after two incidents Saturday
The Advocate
Authorities investigated two separate boating incidents Saturday in which one man died and another is missing, said a Louisiana Department …

 Police officer dies in boating accident
WAFB Baton Rouge Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:47 AM PDT
A police officer was killed in a weekend boating accident at Lake Maurepas in Livingston Parish. He was off duty at the time of the accident.

 Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert dies in accident
KSBW Salinas Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:21 AM PDT
The CEO of a Watsonville-based construction company, Graniterock Co., died in a boating accident on Sunday. Bruce W. Woolpert was 61.  On Sunday afternoon, Woolpert was operating a speed boat on Lake Tahoe when he tumbled overboard. Woolpert died from injuries he sustained during the fall. The U.S. Coast Guard is investigation what caused the accident. Woolpert was most well-known for his hard ..

Troy man drowns on Muscamoot Bay Saturday
The Voice Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:34 AM PDT
A day of boating turned into a tragedy when Kenneth Badertscher, 55, drowned in Muscamoot Bay Saturday at about 6 p.m., according to the St. Clair county Sheriffâs Office. Badertscher was on a boat and decided to go for a swim, according to the sheriffâs report. When the Troy man surfaced, he was unresponsive. Rescue personnel arrived at the scene and tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful ...

  Off-duty skipper found at fault
Timaru Herald Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:13 AM PDT
A Timaru man has been convicted in relation to a fatal boating accident despite being the passenger and not the operator on the day. 

 Body Of Missing Boater Recovered From Beech River
News Channel 5 Nashville Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:45 AM PDT
Authorities in Decatur County said they have recovered the body of a missing boater on the Beech River. 

 Jet ski accident victim dies at Seattle hospital
Juneau Empire Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:36 PM PDT
Friends and acquaintances of 16-year-old Savannah Cayce gathered at Auke Lake yesterday to mark her passing.


Boater missing on Tickfaw River
WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:15 PM PDT
LAKE MAUREPAS, La. (AP)  Authorities say they are looking for a 51-year-old Springfield man who is missing after his lake skiff boat was found spinning in circles with nobody aboard. Search crews are looking for Daniel Mitchell, 51. Authorities say his 18-foot-long boat was found spinning in circles Saturday afternoon near the mouth of the Tickfaw River near Lake Maurepas. The Louisiana ...

 Divers search for missing teen boater near Burbank
Tri-City Herald Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:58 PM PDT
A teenage boy is presumed drowned after the boat he was in capsized on the Snake River late Saturday

 Coast Guard searching for missing boater
WAFB Baton Rouge Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:02 AM PDT
The Livingston Parish Sheriffs Office says they are searching for a boater that went missing on Lake Maurepas Saturday evening. 

 Search resumes for missing boater in northwest NJ
New Jersey Herald Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:47 AM PDT
HARMONY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Crews have resumed their search for a woman who went missing after the boat she was riding in capsized on the Delaware River in northwestern New Jersey. 

 Boat that sank in Irvine Lake may have been overloaded
The Orange County Sheriff's Department Underwater Search and Recovery team took to Irvine Lake with divers and sonar to help locate two missing men whose ...

 Missing Lake Mead boater identified as U.S. Airman
KTNV Las Vegas Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:12 PM PDT
Park rangers are searching Lake Mead for Antonio Tucker. The 28-year-old disappeared Saturday, while boating with family. They believe he may have drowned.

Boating Accidents:

 Lifeboat crews brave stormy conditions to save pair on yacht
Scotland Courier
Lifeboat crews brave stormy conditions to save pair on yacht. A lifeboat was launched from Anstruther on Saturday to rescue two sailors who were stranded in a ...

 Lifeguard saves capsized boater
The Sudbury Star
It was all in a day's work for trained lifeguard Felicia Marceau, but Greater Sudbury Police Service officials are calling the 17-year-old high...

Sailboat rescued off Sullivan Bridge
NEWINGTON — State Police said Marine Patrol officers rescued a sinking sailboat that was caught against the General Sullivan Bridge on Sunday night.

  Antique sailboat sinks in Port harbor
The Daily News of Newburyport
NEWBURYPORT — A perfect day for sailing turned out to be a horrible day for the owner of an antique sailboat after it sank to the bottom of the Merrim.

 Wick lifeboat takes Dutch yacht under tow
John O'Groat Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:25 AM PDT
The vessel, with two people on board, left Wick harbour two hours earlier at 9.30am and, having encountered engine problems, headed back towards port under sail in fairly good weather, with easterly wind and swell. 

 TWRA: Marina employees injured in crash of customer's watercraft
WATE 6 Knoxville Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:26 PM PDT
A Norris Lake boating accident involving two marina employees sent one to a hospital and left a customer's personal watercraft badly damaged. 

 Man charged with boating under the influence in Frisco Sunday
Summit Daily News
A 28-year-old Golden man was arrested Sunday evening at Frisco Bay Marina for boating under the influence. Jonathon Warosh was booked at the Summit .

 Seven rescued after boat hits break wall off Calumet Beach
Chicago Sun-Times
Seven people were rescued from a Lake Michigan break wall late Sunday after their boat struck the structure off of Calumet Beach on the Far South Side near ...

 Man, son rescue boater
The Alpena News Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:55 PM PDT
ALPENA - On Saturday, Derek Soltysiak and his five-year-old son conducted a water search and rescue just north of Sulphur Island during what should have been a worry-free fishing trip. 

 Stranded boaters rescued after climbing tree to escape gators
Daily Comet (blog)
A Baton Rouge couple were rescued Monday after their boat sank in an Assumption Parish swamp and they climbed a tree to escape alligators, authorities said.

 3 Swimmers Separated From Boat Rescued In Bay
CBS Baltimore Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:42 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three swimmers who drifted away from their anchored boat off Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay. 

 Coast Guard rescues 2 men from Ocean City Inlet
WBAL-TV Baltimore Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT
Two men had to be rescued from the Ocean City Inlet after being caught in a storm and nearly pulled out to the ocean. 

 Coast Guard Rescues Boaters on Lake St. Clair Before Fireworks
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from a cabin cruiser that was sinking near Grosse Pointe on Monday.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Operation Dry Water June 22-24

Marine Law Enforcement: 'Zero Tolerance' for Intoxicated Boaters
State EnCon Police will step up enforcement activities this weekend in order to nab those who may be boating under the influence.

Operation Dry Water enforcing boating under the influence laws ...
What: Annual national campaign to educate boaters about risks of boating under ... Officers might stop a boater who is operating recklessly, getting in the path of .

Operation Dry Water has safety message for boaters
With the July 4th holiday just over a week away, the Coast Guard wants boaters to be aware of the dangers of drinking while they're out in the water.

  Operation Dry Water this Weekend Will Strongly Enforce BUI Laws
Marine law enforcement officers will be on patrol and on the lookout for boaters driving while under the influence nationwide this weekend during “Operation Dry

 DUI limit applies to boaters
Delmarva Daily Times
OCEAN CITY -- Drinking and driving a boat is no less a crime in the eyes of the law than getting behind the wheel of a car after a few cocktails.

 Lake Murray crackdown nets more drunken boaters
The State
More than two dozen boaters face charges of operating watercraft on Lake Murray while intoxicated that stem from a crackdown on recklessness.

Impaired boating in Ohio ranked third worst
Middletown Journal Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:30 PM PDT
Ohio is stepping up patrols with a focus on impaired boating after tying for third nationally last year in alcohol-related boating accidents as the stateâs watercraft registrations reached an all-time high.The Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesâ Division of Watercraft will join units throughout the nation this weekend in Operation Dry Water, which will increase or concentrate patrols in  

Boating Safety News:

 Ottawa County Boating and Water Safety Day a hit
The annual event filled a portion of the parking lot for Yacht Basin Marina, 1862 Ottawa Beach Road in Park Township, with people and water-related attractions.

 Police commend teenager for bravery in helping boater
The Sudbury Star Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:05 PM PDT
A 17-year-old girl who is a trained lifeguard quite possibly saved a man's life Saturday afternoon. Greater Sudbury Police Service received a 911 call at 5:06 p.m. that a boat an older man and his dog were in had capsized on Norman Beach on the Vermillion River in Capreol.[...

 Boating: How safe a boater are you?
The News-Press
The Cape Coral Power Squadron is the largest of the more than 400 squadrons that comprise the United States Power Squadrons, with more than 4000 ...

Boater Education:

 Calendar: Week of June 24
The Oregonian Sat, 23 Jun 2012 06:13 AM PDT
All programs free, unless noted. Boating Boating class: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary class leading to boater education card. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7. Englund Marine and Industrial Supply, Astoria. $15. Boater Safety Course: Boater Card class and exam, 9:30 a.m...

 'Knot' ical fun; Summer sailing camp teaches independence
Port Arthur News Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:24 AM PDT
Evei Shipley, 6, and Lilei Shipley, 10, sail a boat during Port Arthur Yacht Club's Sailing Camp on Pleasure Island on Friday. Morgan Jones/ The News 

Improve Your Boating Safety Knowledge
New England Science & Sailing offers course in Stonington on Saturday June 28.


 Minnesota man dies during regatta on Wis lake
Bemidji Pioneer
TOWN OF PLEASANT SPRINGS, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota man has died after he was thrown from his sailboat during a regatta on a Wisconsin lake.

 UPDATED: Man drowns at Lake Shasta after falling from houseboat
The Record Searchlight Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:22 PM PDT
A 30-year-old man drowned overnight in the Ycotti Cove area of Lake Shasta. 

 Rescuers Search For Person Following Boating Collision Off L.I.âs Southern Coast
CBS New York Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:46 AM PDT
The Coast Guard said that the crash happened at about 4:50 a.m. on Saturday in the Great South Bay, just west of the Robert Moses Causeway near West Islip. One person fell off the recreational vessel and disappeared. 

 Divers Find Body Of Missing Boater Involved In Crash Off Long Island Saturday
WPIX 11 New York Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:53 PM PDT
Police Charge Another With Boating While Intoxicated It took more than eight hours but they finally found him. 

Woman killed, baby hurt in Saudi yacht fire
Emirates 24/7
An old Saudi woman was killed and a baby boy was injured when a commercial yacht taking a number of people on a short voyage caught fire off the western .

LPD mourns loss of officer in boating accident
KATC 3 Lafayette Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:28 AM PDT
On June 23, 2012, Corporal Joel Grayson, a 5 ½ year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department, was boating in Livingston Parish when he was killed in an accident. The incident is being investigated by agents with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agency. Corporal Grayson was assigned as a member of the Lafayette Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit and an operator on the LPD S.W.A.T ...


Millionaire missing after empty yacht washes ashore
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WLS) - Florida millionaire and philanthropist Guma Aguiar is missing after his yacht washed ashore with the ignition running and ...

 Woman missing after boat capsizes is Harmony Township woman ...
The Express Times -
Friends say Lane Alden is the woman who went missing after the boat capsized Saturday evening.

Boating Accidents:

 3 rescued from boat fire off the coast of Grays Harbor
FOX 12 Oregon Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:24 PM PDT
A boating trip off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington took a desperate turn Thursday after a yacht went up in flames about 20 miles from shore.  The three people on board the 52-foot recreational vessel Miss Kelly were rescued by the crew of a nearby fishing vessel, and later flown to safety by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

 Jet ski accident leaves two teens injured Saturday
Juneau Empire Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:23 PM PDT
Police say two 16-year-old girls were taken to the hospital after a jet skiing accident at Auke Lake Saturday afternoon. Juneau Police Department Sgt. David Wrightson said police responded to the 911 call at about 4:22 p.m.

 Jet ski and boat collide on Boone Lake, one taken to hospital
Bristol Herald Courier Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:00 PM PDT
Emergency crews took a man to the hospital Saturday night after his jet ski collided with a boat on Boone Lake. 

 Man burned in jet ski explosion on Potomac River
Washington Post Sat, 23 Jun 2012 14:49 PM PDT
An unidentified man suffered burns Saturday afternoon when his jet ski exploded at Columbia Island Marina on the Potomac River, police said. The D.C. police harbor patrol arrived about 4:30 p.m., and found an adult male whose jet ski apparently exploded when he turned it on. The man was transported to a hospital for treatment. Read full article >> 

 Coast Guard rescues 12 from burning boat on Lake Havasu
Los Angeles Times Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:41 PM PDT
Twelve people were rescued Saturday on a burning boat on Lake Havasu by other boaters and a U.S. Coast Guard crew from San Diego that was in the area, officials said.

 Boating News:

 PWC advocates want bigger area
Key West Citizen Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:16 PM PDT
Personal watercraft tour operators are asking Florida Keys refuge managers to open a large area off Key West to the controversial watercraft, which are now prohibited within the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. read more 

 All boat decals in Washington to expire June 30
Whidbey News Times Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:25 AM PDT
Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider reminds boaters to stay legal by keeping their registration up to date. Summer boating is right around the corner, and so is the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals. In Washington, all boat registrations expire on June 30. Boat registrations can be renewed online at the DOL website or in person at a neighborhood vehicle licensing ..

Friday, June 22, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Operation Dry Water June 22-24

 Police team up to find drunk boaters
The Coast Guard is teaming up with local and state police this weekend to crack down on those who operate a boat while drinking alcohol.

 Sheriff's Marine Patrol Unit to take part in 'Operation Dry Water'
Lake County News
Over that three-day weekend there were 43777 vessels and 97648 boaters ... Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time.

 Coast Guard, partners, to conduct BUI enforcement
Erie Times-News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:42 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard and several other agencies will be patrolling Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes Friday through Sunday as part of a nationwide campaign to crack down on boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

 Wisconsin on the lookout for drunken boaters
WISC-TV Madison Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:43 AM PDT
Wisconsin conservation wardens are on the lookout this weekend for drunken boaters. The wardens and local boat patrols will be looking for operators whose blood alcohol levels are above the state limit of 0.08 percent. The effort is part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign that runs Friday through Sunday. Department of Natural Resources boating law administrator Roy Zellmer says the ..

 Coast Guard, other authorities to launch Operation Dry Water to crack down on intoxicated boaters
The News-Herald Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT
Federal, state and local marine watercraft officials are again joining forces this weekend for âOperation Dry Water,â an annual campaign to cork  boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

 Searching for impaired boaters in Ohio
WDTN-TV 2 Dayton Thu, 21 Jun 2012 04:19 AM PDT
The Ohio Department of Natural Resource' Division of Watercraft is among many state and local marine patrol agencies participating in a nationwide crackdown on alcohol-impaired boating known as Operation Dry Water from June 22-24. 

Boating Under the Influence Emphasis This Weekend on Lakes
Last year, the Mercer Island Police Department's Marine Patrol arrested boaters on suspicion of BUI in 27 separate incidents on Lake Washington during ..

Boating safety sweeps planned on Barnegat Bay this summer
Asbury Park Press
Three boating safety enforcement sweeps will be conducted on Barnegat Bay this summer by State Police and other agencies, in an effort to make sure safe ...

 Officials plan boating-under-the-influence campaign at Lake Oroville
State Parks Ranger Travis Gee, along with State Parks lifeguards Chris Darcey and Will Castillo, patrols Lake Oroville looking for boaters violating rules on ..

 Sheriff's deputies to conduct boating under the influence checkpoints at Castaic, Pyramid Lake through Sunday
Los Angeles Daily News Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:51 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES - As part of a national effort to combat the problem of boaters operating their vessels while impaired, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will participate in "Operation Dry Water" this weekend, starting today, authorities said.

Boater Education:

Boater Education Course offered Saturday
Corsicana Daily Sun Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:24 PM PDT
New, mandatory boater education classes are being taught at Gander Mountain on Saturday, June 23, and again on July 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

 Flotilla offers boater safety instruction
The Times Record Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
WISCASSET  U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 25 will offer three boating courses at the Wiscasset EMA Center. âThese classes arent just for skippers. They are very useful for anyone who ventures out on the water, a release from the flotilla states. The courses are as follows: read more 

Mont. Friends set up camp to teach kids, community how to sail on ...
The Republic
"First there are no ropes on a sailboat, there are lines." Sailing lingo, he told them, is like a whole different language. They were gathered in Sauer's garage, the ...

Boating Safety News:

 Jet ski riders are on notice: stay off Jamaica Bay
New York Daily News Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:24 PM PDT
Jet ski riders wont have Jamaica Bay to cruise around anymore. Federal park officials have started cracking down on jet ski riders, enforcing a ban thats been on the books since 2001. 

Georgia more lenient on water than land
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Georgia boaters can drink more alcohol with less fear of being arrested than boaters in many other states.

Cutbacks sink Okanagan boating officer
Business Examiner Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:06 AM PDT
Penticton RCMP plan to be on the water again this summer promoting boating safety 

Boating safely this summer
Today's THV
LITTLE ROCK Ark. (KTHV) -- The hot summer months are upon us and the fourth of July is just around the corner. That means many of you will be spending time ...


Boater, 19, drowns in Marion County lake
Orlando Sentinel
A 19-year-old man drowned Wednesday in Lake Weir, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.Todd Irvin and his cousins were pushing a pontoon boat away ..

Search for teen in Lake Lanier continues; family seeks closure
WSB Atlanta
Witness recounts night of deadly boating wreck as search continues for teen ... Meantime, Johnson said Bennett, now charged with boating under the influence, ..

 Body of missing boater found Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:10 PM PDT
The body of a man who went missing on Split Lake in May has been found. 

 Missing boater's body found in northern Manitoba
CBC Manitoba Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:19 AM PDT
The body of a missing boater has been found in northern Manitoba.

 Man dies after being thrown from sailboat on Lake Kegonsa
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A 66-year-old Minnesotan man died Thursday evening after rescuers pulled him out of Lake Kegonsa, according to the Dane County Sherriff's office.


Officials searching for missing boater
7 News Miami Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:04 PM PDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are searching for a man after his boat washed ashore on a South Florida beach. Officials are searching for 35-year-old Guma Aguiar.

 Search Ends for 2 Men Whose Yacht Wrecked in Tonga
ABC News
Rescuers have abandoned a search for two Australians whose yacht was found wrecked off the coast of Tonga last week. Adelaide resident Ian Thompson and .

Boating Accidents:

Cormorant saves kayakers off VanIsle
CKNW News Talk 980 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:05 AM PDT
Three kayakers have been rescued by the crew of a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Squadron, Comox. The trio had been paddling along the rocky shoreline near Estevan Point when one of the craft rolled in choppy water. When companions came to the rescue, one of the kayaks was severely damaged on the rocks. The group managed to get ashore and above the tide line when a passing boater spotted them and

Sailboat capsizes off Balboa Peninsula
Daily Pilot
A passenger on a 28-foot sailboat escaped unscathed after the boat beached in shallow water and sank off Balboa Peninsula, authorities said Thursday.

 Fire sinks 52-foot boat off Ocean Shores
KING5 Seattle Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:00 AM PDT
The boat named "Miss Kelly" caught fire around 2:30 p.m. A nearby fishing vessel, the Peer Pressure, rescued three boaters on board while they waited for the U.S. Coast Guard to arrive. 

 Gales spark rescue call for festival revellers
Isle of Wight County Press Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:22 AM PDT
A LIFEBOAT crew was called out for the second night running last night (Thursday) to help the crew of a yacht crossing the Solent trying to get to Isle of Wight Festival. 

 Two hurt in personal watercraft crash
WPDE Myrtle Beach - Florence Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:45 AM PDT
A fisherman was working on a boat in Little River about 11:20 a.m. Friday when he heard a loud noise and ran over to see that a personal watercraft had slammed into the dock off Mineola Avenue.