Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

 Have a Safe July 4th!

 Carbon Monoxide:

Houseboat occupants overcome by carbon monoxide
The Gainesville Times Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:38 AM PDT
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 Boater Education:

Safe boating course to be held Saturday in Augusta
The Augusta Chronicle Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:20 AM PDT
A safe boating course sponsored by the Savannah River Sail & Power Squadron will be offered Saturday, July 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive, Augusta. 

Boating safety course offered this month at Clark Lake Beach and Boat Club
The Jackson Citizen Patriot -
The course will be offered July 17 and July 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free.

Boating Safety News:

New boater education laws hit the Columbia
New laws on the water have some boaters complaining, saying that they've been boating for years and feel like they're already safe.

 Group asks state to overturn Irondequoit boating law
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:22 AM PDT
Restore Public Water Rights-Rochester, NY LLC, issued an open letter Monday to the commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, calling the new law a privatization of public waters and asking her to overturn it. 

National Safe Boating Council encourages boaters to take "Safe Summer Pledge" Before July 4th Holiday
The Ukiah Daily Journal Mon, 02 Jul 2012 09:40 AM PDT
Ukiah Daily Journal 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 friends. 

Boaters beware: Accidents spike up on July 4
Sacramento Bee
According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, more boating accidents occur during July 4 than any other holiday during the summer boating season.

 TVA urges boating caution as lake levels drop
Knoxville News Sentinel
Despite months of dry weather, TVA expects lake levels to be adequate for recreation this summer, but warns boaters better watch out for stumps and other obstacles.

 Deadly Georgia boating incident raises awareness
The Augusta Chronicle
A deadly boating accident last month on Lake Lanier near metro Atlanta served as a reminder of dangers on the water during the busy summer.Thurmond Lake has fewer safety incidents than Lanier, and law enforcement officials say they're patrolling the ...

 Boaters face fines if they carry paying passengers
Every year on Independence Day, hundreds of revelers descend on the Cape Fear region to party on the north stretch of Masonboro Island, just a short boat trip from Wrightsville Beach.

 Iowa boating season on pace to be deadliest in years
How do you separate drinking and boating? Jill Brosnahan wishes she knew the answer. The Perry widow lost her husband, dentist Michael Brosnahan, in a 2005 crash with a drunken boater at West Okoboji Lake.

 Boaters can avoid problems by following rules
Macon Telegraph (blog)
To get a license to drive, people have to prove they know the rules of the road, but boaters sometimes learn the rules of the water the hard way.

  Conservation officers on lookout for drunk boaters
San Francisco Chronicle
Fresh off a national campaign to draw awareness to alcohol and boating accidents, conservation officers are gearing up for the Fourth of July and the Madison Regatta, two of the busiest times for the Ohio River and for lakes. Lt. Bill Browne, public ...

Iowa law should treat boaters the same as drivers
If you get in a car, crack open a beer and drive around, you are breaking the law. If you get in a boat and do the same thing, you are not. Allowing Iowans to legally drink while boating only encourages more drinking, which ultimately contributes to

Staying safe on the water
Visalia Times-Delta
And if you are pulling water skiers or people on wakeboards or rideable tubes, state law requires that somebody 12 years old or older be at the back of the boat observing to let the boater know of any problems, Pilegard said. (Page 2 of 2). “The .

Officials urge water safety: Float plan, gear can make all the difference when boating
Pacific Daily News Wed, 04 Jul 2012 10:16 AM PDT
Capt. Solomon Monteverde, chief of rescue operations at Guam Fire Department, on Tuesday shows equipment boaters should have on board while out at sea. 

Free Boating Inspections At Local Lakes For Holiday
WSPA Spartanburg Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:17 AM PDT
Free Boating Inspections At Local Lakes For Holiday 

 NEW VIDEO: Boating safety tips
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:16 AM PDT
To celebrate our nation's 236th birthday, The Daily Advertiser asked some of our local leaders and... - 12:40 am

 State police cracking down on drinking and driving, boating
Stafford County Sun Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:48 AM PDT
The Washington Regional alcohol program is offering free taxi rides tonight for anyone over 21 who needs a ride home. 

 Coast Guard stresses boating safety
WPRI Providence Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:42 AM PDT
The Coast Guard is teaming up with local, state, and federal agencies to emphasize boating safety for the Fourth of July holiday.


  boater, 25, missing in St. Lawrence
Montreal Gazette
The search resumed Monday morning for a 25-year-old man missing since 6 p.m. on Sunday after jumping.

Retired astronaut killed in Florida jet ski crash
Associated Press via Yahoo! News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 07:05 AM PDT
Officials in Florida say a retired astronaut died in a jet ski crash off 

Kansas Man Killed in Accident on Beaver Lake
KOLR - KSFX Ozarks Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:57 AM PDT
A man from Kansas dies in a jet ski accident on Beaver Lake in Carroll County, Arkansas. 

 Kansas man dies in accident on Arkansas lake
KATV Little Rock Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:29 AM PDT
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a watercraft accident that killed a Fort Scott, Kan., man in Beaver Lake in Carroll County. Cpl. Matt Guthrie with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission told the Northwest Arkansas Times ( ) that 33-year-old Corey Larson died in the accident in the Hogscald Hollow area about 6 p.m. Friday.

Cheboygan County Man Drowns in Kayak
9&10 News Cadillac Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:24 AM PDT
A Cheboygan County kayaker is dead after a boating accident on the Sturgeon River. Crews found Leo Pratt, from Cheboygan, flipped upside down in his kayak on Friday night. Pratt was pulled to shore by 

Man charged with homicide in April Lake Lanier crash
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Steven Brent Parker faces charges of homicide by vessel, serious injury by vessel -- both felonies -- boating under the influence of alcohol and reckless operation of a vessel, according to law enforcement officials with the state Department of Natural 

 Connecticut boater draws prison time for '09 fatal crash
Norwich Bulletin
A Guilford man has drawn prison time for a drunken boating accident that killed a childhood friend.

 Mass. boater describes teen's drowning
A boater says he tried three times to save a drowning man who fell out of his boat into Queen Lake in Phillipston, but the 18-year-old victim panicked and pulled him under water until his strength finally gave out.

 Search is on for Forest Lake boater, 51, missing from pontoon
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Family and friends of Tod Crawford had planned a July 4th get-together, but instead they gathered Tuesday on the shores of Forest Lake No.

 Baltimore man missing after watercraft found in Back River
Baltimore Sun Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:30 AM PDT
Rescuers, including the Coast Guard and other local police authorities, are searching for a man after his personal watercraft was found unattended in the Back River near Essex. 

 Drinking and boating do not mix
Many people are out on the water this holiday. New numbers show that's not the safest place to be, at least not in Iowa. And, authorities claim alcohol is a factor.

Boating Accidents:

Luxury yacht catches fire
Views and News from Norway
An unusual three-masted sailing yacht, claimed to be one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world, caught fire in the inner Oslo Fjord during the weekend, setting off a major rescue effort. The yacht, registered in the Bahamas, had been tied

Coast Guard recovers boater near Atlantic City
WGMD Radio
A boater was recovered after his skiff capsized in Absecon Bay near Atlantic City on Saturday. The Coast Guard was called by the Brigantine Police reporting the capsized boat – with three men on board. Two men were able to make it to shore and the  

Roseville couple injured by suspected drunken boater
The Detroit News
Harrison Township-- A 47-year-old Roseville man and his wife were injured Saturday night after a suspected drunken boater collided with their anchored boat on Lake St. Clair, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff: Shelby Township Boater Runs Over Anchored Vessel, Injures ...
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is charging Kevin Scott Bushon with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury after a Saturday night boating accident on Lake St. Clair

Lake County Sheriff's Office rescues riders from personal watercraft up against breakwall
The News-Herald Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:58 AM PDT
The Lake County Sheriffâs Office discovered a personal watercraft in distress on Thursday evening

DNR: 12-year-old was driving boat that seriously injured Indianapolis teen
FOX 59 Indianapolis Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:16 AM PDT
A 15-year-old Indianapolis boy is recovering after a serious boating accident. A 15-year-old Indianapolis boy is recovering after a serious boating accident.  

 Holiday weekend marred by boating accident
Kern Valley Sun Wed, 04 Jul 2012 06:13 AM PDT
Susan Barr/Kern Valley Sun Shortly after noon on Saturday, June 30, Kern County Boat Patrol received a direct call from a female jet skier.

 TWRA: Two weekend boating accidents on Norris Lake
The Oak Ridger Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:05 PM PDT
A man at the Anderson County Park in Andersonville at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday was attempting to start a borrowed personal watercraft (PWC) when an explosion occurred, according to the TWRA. Witnesses say that he was thrown several feet into the air. He was also transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released from the ... 

 Boating citations flow along Canyon Lake's Party Cove
KENS 5 San Antonio Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:04 PM PDT
The Texas game warden's skiff motors gently among the 200 boats in Canyon Lake's Party Cove. The boats the officer examines are tied together, forming a giant floating island of colorful speedboats, yachts and dinghies. Beer-drinkers bob and sway alongside the watercraft on inflated tires and toys, holding up their cans in a salute to the passing law enforcement officers. Game wardens are ... 

 Man hurt when watercraft, boat collide off NJ
Greenwich Time Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:17 PM PDT
OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) â One person was injured when a boat and a personal watercraft collided off southern Jersey. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nick Ameen tells The Press of Atlantic City ( that the collision occurred shortly after noon Wednesday in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet, in waters between Longport and Ocean City.

Boating News:

 Boaters urged to inspect boats for invasive plants
WMTW Portland Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:26 AM PDT
With the arrival of Maine's boating season, state environmental officials are urging boaters to closely inspect their boats before launching them into lakes to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Department of Environmental Protection says it has declared 2012 to be "The Year of the Boater Self-Inspection." DEP estimates that less than 20 percent of boaters take the three minutes that ...

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