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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

 This Turned Out To Be  A Hoax.  It wasted hundreds of man hours of Coast Guard and other rescue agency resources. It cost you the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars.   It is a felony to do this. 

 Boat explosion reported off coast of Sandy Hook
The Star-Ledger -
By Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerUS Coast Guard boats are seen in this file photo. SANDY HOOK — A large boat exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook early this evening, causing several serious burn injuries and nearly two dozen ...

 Mystery at Sea: Search on After Yacht...
ABC News
Nearly two hours after a distress call saying 21 people had safely abandoned ship but nine had serious burns, neither a flotilla of rescue boats nor a flight of helicopters could find any evidence of the vessel Blind Date or any wreckage from an 

 Coast Guard: NJ yacht explosion report likely hoax
Wall Street Journal
AP SANDY HOOK, NJ — The US Coast Guard says a reported explosion on a motor yacht off central New Jersey likely was a hoax and that an extensive search and rescue operation cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Coast Guard scheduled a news ...

 Investigation of Possible Hoax After a Report of a Yacht Explosion Off New Jersey
New York Times
An emergency radio transmission said that a yacht had blown up and sunk, that 21 people aboard had made it into life rafts and that 7 were hurt. That distress call, at 4:20 pm on Monday, set off an extensive search. Six rescue vessels headed to the ..

 Coast Guard: NJ Yacht Explosion Hoax Calls Came From Land
CBS New York Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
The rescue operation for a luxury yacht called the Blind Date and its 21 passengers cost the Coast Guard at least $88,000, Deputy Commander Gregory Hitchen said Tuesday. 

 Coast Guard offers $3K reward in yacht explosion hoax, call came from NY or NJ
New York Post Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:28 AM PDT
The hoax call that set off a frantic search for supposed survivors of a sinking yacht was a radio transmission that appeared to have come from New Jersey or southern New York, the US Coast Guard said Tuesday. Captain Gregory Hitchen, Deputy Commander Coast Guard Sector New York, told a... 

U.S. Coast Guard Releases Audio Of Bogus Sandy Hook Distress Call
The 33 News Dallas Fort Worth Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:28 PM PDT
Federal authorities have launched an investigation into a false distress call that claimed nearly 2 dozen passengers were in peril after their yacht exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook, N.J. which prompted an almost immediate massive response Monday afternoon

Boater Education:

Boater safety course held in Kalispell
Boaters were invited to a free water safety workshop in Lone Pine State Park on Saturday to learn about pontoon equipment, river navigation, and what to do if they ever encounter a dangerous situation in their boat. Instructor TE Lewis braved the cold

Pewaukee Lake Sailing School offers 'Learn to Sail' Programs
Brookfield Elm Grove Now
The Pewaukee Lake Sailing School will teach participants how to sail in a 420 class sailboat and cover basics such as rigging and handling in a 14' sloop rigged (2 sails) boat. occasion. Cost includes a US Sailing Learn to Sail Right textbook.

 Canoe float conducted to educate community about boating safety, value of water
Newark Advocate Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:47 AM PDT
NEWARK -- Most people don't think about where their drinking water comes from, but Jim Kiracofe, administrator of the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, is trying to change that.

Boating Safety News:

Coast Guard cracks down on drunken boaters
The Sandusky Register Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:17 AM PDT
U.S.Coast Guard boarding teams responded to a number of drunken boating incidents in the western Lake Erie region over the weekend. read more

 Laws On The Lake Changing In Virginia
WCYB 5 Tri-Cities Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:31 PM PDT
Laws on the lake are changing in the Commonwealth. If you drive a jet ski or a wave runner, you'll be going back to the classroom. News 5 WCYB's Laura Halm sorted through the facts to learn the common mistakes and upcoming changes. 

 Twin Lake PD will be increasing patrols on lakes June 22-24
West of the I
Officers will be out in force on Lakes Mary and Elizabeth June 22-24 looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of.. .08 % Operation Dry Water (ODW) will include increased patrols as well as boater education

 This beat keeps on patrolling on the river
Daily Mail - Charleston
With a warning from Miller, the boaters were on their way down the river. "We try to be as courteous and as kind as possible," Mazzie said. "These folks are out here to have fun and we want them to have fun, but to do it responsibly.

 Slow no-wake boating restriction on St. Croix River
Stillwater Gazette Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:24 AM PDT
One of the wettest Mays on record has caused water levels on the St. Croix River to rise to the point where boaters will be required to operate at slow no-wake speeds to minimize shoreline erosion between Taylors Falls, Minn., and Prescott, Wis

 Six Involved In Great Lakes Boating Accidents Saved Thanks To Life Jackets
Northland's News Center Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:30 PM PDT
(Northland's NewsCenter)---Temperatures are up and boats are out around the Northland and the nation. 

 Black Diamond police prepare for Operation Dry Water
Maple Valley Reporter
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 US Coast Guard's report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

 Missouri Water Patrol getting ready for drunken boater crackdown
Troopers will be out in force the weekend of June 22-24 to detect and apprehend intoxicated boat operators. Missouri's legal limit blood-alcohol limit for boaters is 0.08, the same as for those driving motor vehicles. That limit was changed in 2008.

 Recent deaths highlight need for life vests, safety
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Even experienced boaters and sportsmen need to be aware of water safety and wear life jackets while on the water. Three fishermen died in two separate accidents last weekend. A fourth fisherman, who survived an overturned boat, was the only one wearing 

 Boating Sobriety Patrols Planned June 22-24
The Log Newspaper
Boating law enforcement officers nationwide will participate in the annual “Operation Dry Water” event, June 22-24, aimed to remind boaters prior to Independence Day celebrations of the hazards inherent in boating while intoxicated.

 Highway patrol to watch for intoxicated boaters
Kansas City Star
The agency's Water Patrol Division announced Monday it will participate in Operation Dry Water, a national campaign against boating while impaired. Troopers will be out in force the weekend of June 22-24 to detect and apprehend intoxicated boat


Marlboro man found dead in Raritan Bay near Keyport Yacht Club
The Star-Ledger -
By Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger KEYPORT — A Marlboro man last seen taking his dinghy out to his boat at a Raritan Bay yacht club Friday night was found dead in the Raritan Bay this afternoon, the borough's police chief said.

 Man missing after falling overboard on Lake Pepin
WISC-TV Madison Mon, 11 Jun 2012 03:51 AM PDT
The search for a 38-year-old man who fell overboard on Lake Pepin was suspended Sunday evening because of impending darkness and stormy weather. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department was notified of the missing man around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the man had been boating east of the village of Bay City. His wife reported she saw him fall overboard, jumped into the water to try and ... 

 Seneca County man drowns in Cayuga Lake
WSYR 9 Syracuse Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:02 AM PDT
A Seneca County man drowned during a boating trip Monday evening in the town of Romulus.

Search resumes for Haitian migrants missing off Bahamas
WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:48 AM PDT
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A police official in the Bahamas says the search has resumed for at least 10 missing Haitians whose boat capsized as they headed to the U.S. Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey says the U.S. Coast Guard is assisting Bahamian authorities in the search off the island of Abaco in the northern part of the island chain east of Florida

Independent panel believes yacht struck island
CBS 47 Fresno Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:15 PM PDT
SAN DIEGO (AP) â An independent review panel investigating the deaths of four sailors says it believes the 37-foot sailboat Aegean ran aground on North Coronado Island off the Mexican coast on April 28th during the Newport to Ensenada Race. The US Sailing Independent Review announced its finding on Tuesday. The panel gathered information from race organizers, collected data from the Aegean's ..

Boating Accidents:

 Yacht hits rocks, man homeless
The West Australian
David Constantine says he is now homeless after the yacht he had lived on in the marina sunk after the jetty snapped from its anchorage and ran aground. "I was on the boat when it happened," Mr Constantine said. "The wind gusts were incredible.

 3-year-old brothers injured in Jet Ski accident on Cass Lake in West Bloomfield
The Oakland Press Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:39 PM PDT
A 3-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday after the Jet Ski he was riding on was hit by a second Jet Ski occupied by his brother, who also is 3 years old, according to West Bloomfield police. 

 Three boaters rescued on Lake Ontario near Sodus Point on Saturday, another ...
by Tom Eschen Three boaters on a pleasure craft that capsized near Sodus Point were rescued by the Coast Guard Station Sodus Point at 4:53pm on Saturday. The Coast Guard says all three people were wearing life jackets when their boat tipped over, ...

 Coast Guard makes rescue on Green Bay
Pierce County Herald
The Coast Guard was called at 4 pm when another boater saw the accident. Authorities said a man wearing a life jacket was in the water a couple miles east of the mouth of the Fox River. The Coast Guard helped get his sailboat upright and the man was ...

 7 involved in freeway crashes, 2 women rescued from Lake St. Clair
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
By Jameson Cook Freeway crashes involving seven people Sunday and the rescue of two women who fell off a sailboat Saturday marred a relatively quiet weekend on the Macomb County area's roads and waterways. Five people were treated for minor injuries at ...

 Coast Guard Rescues Two In Bellingham
A Coast Guard crew based in Bellingham rescued two boaters from a 20 ft. sailboat about 70 mi, southwest of Neah Bay Saturday. The Coast Guard cutter "Swordfish" was sent to the scene Friday afternoon after the captain of the sailboat reported that he

 Winona man, 2 dogs survive trip over dam on Mississippi
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:42 PM PDT
ALMA, Wis. - A Minnesota man and his two dogs survived a harrowing trip over a dam on the swollen Mississippi River. The Buffalo County Sheriff's Department says 49-year-old John Amundson, of Winona, took his dogs boating above the lock and dam at Alma when his motor quit Saturday afternoon.

 Yacht rescued in Wellington Harbour
Fuseworks via Yahoo! New Zealand News Mon, 11 Jun 2012 02:23 AM PDT
At approximately 3:10 pm on Monday 11th June a 38 foot yacht made a 'Pan Pan' urgency call on Marine VHF radio channel 16. 

 Three arrested in drinking and boating incident
Three men, including two from Jonesboro, were arrested Saturday after Army Corps of Engineers rangers reportedly spotted them drinking and boating. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, a deputy arrested Jerrod W. Haynes, 27, .

 Friends Rescued From Sinking Houseboat on Ohio River
Local 12 Cincinnati Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:37 AM PDT
Fellow boaters helped to save three people this past weekend near California, KY 

Boating News:

 DNR watercraft inspectors using big pressure washers, what are they doing?
Brainerd Dispatch Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
Q: I've seen Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) watercraft inspectors using big pressure washers. What are they doing? A: To protect Minnesota lakes and rivers, the Legislature gave the DNR greater authority to inspect and decontaminate watercraft and other water-related equipment that is at risk of carrying aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels. Watercraft inspectors have ... 

 More Women Taking the Helm with Boating
As the summer boating season gets underway in north Iowa and southern Minnesota a new study shows more females are getting out on the water. It's not surprising when you consider the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation reports women make ...

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