Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Rule 6 - Safe Speed   Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account:
(a) By all vessels:
(i) The state of visibility;
(ii) The traffic density including concentrations of fishing vessels or any other vessels;
(iii) The manageability of the vessel with special reference to stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions;
(iv) At night, the presence of background light such as from shore lights or from back scatter from her own lights;
(v) The state of wind, sea and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards;
(vi) The draft in relation to the available depth of water.
(b) Additionally, by vessels with operational radar:
(i) The characteristics, efficiency and limitations of the radar equipment;
(ii) Any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use;
(iii) The effect on radar detection of the sea state, weather and other sources of interference;
(iv) The possibility that small vessels, ice and other floating objects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range;
(v) The number, location and movement of vessels detected by radar;
(vi) The more exact assessment of the visibility that may be possible when radar is used to determine the range of vessels or other objects in the vicinity.

 Boating Safety Education Classes:

Cambridge Watercraft Office will host the Ohio Boating Education Course Feb. 5, 7 and 12
Sun, 06 Jan, 2013 05:05 AM PST
The Cambridge Watercraft Office will host the Ohio Boating Education Course from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5, 7 and 12 at the agency on Woodlawn Avenue in Cambridge. The fee for the course.

Darien safe boating course starts in January
The Darien News
The basic coastal boating course at Middlesex Middle School in Darien will include state certification and instruction in marine charts, radio, lines and more. Photo: Contributed / CT. The basic coastal boating course at Middlesex Middle School in .

 Clay boating safety course
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 14-5 in Reynolds Industrial Park in Green Cove Springs will offer a one-day Boater Safety class on Feb. 9. The class is required for boaters born after Jan. 1, 1988. Participants will have an opportunity to earn the state ...

 Boating course offered
Marquette Mining Journal
MARQUETTE - The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its 13-week Boating Skills and Seamanship. The course will begin with a registration night at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Superior Dome, Room 103 at Northern Michigan University. Classes will take ...

 Take a Boating Course Before This Happens To You-- US Coast Guard Auxiliary ...
Lakewood Observer
According to ODNR Watercraft, there are 24,394 boats registered in Cuyahoga County. From 2007-2011 there have been 309 accidents on Lake Erie involving 394 vessels, 150 injuries, and 25 fatalities. Total boat damages $3,833,164 and total property ...

Boating safety News:

Virginia agency awards grants to improve boating access
Mon, 07 Jan, 2013 10:20 AM PST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia has awarded 15 grants to localities to improve boating access to public waters. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the funding from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Monday.  

Editorial: Require training on boat safety
Mon, 07 Jan, 2013 08:00 AM PST
The Kandi Won is towed to shore after being raised from the bottom of Oyster Bay on July 11. The yacht capsized and sank, killing three children, after a July 4 outing to watch fireworks.

 Safe boating course is mandated
Shelter Island Reporter
Even if you've been a boater for years, a new Suffolk Country law that kicks in after October 2013 requires that you complete and be able to show evidence that you have completed an approved boating safety course. Similar legislation is pending in ..

Midwest drought could impact 2013 boating season
Trade Only Today
Tweet · Share on LinkedIn. The yearlong drought that has plagued the Midwest is forecast to have a negative effect on the region's boating season this year. See Related Articles. Parched · Report forecasts record-low water levels for Great Lakes · Low ..

  Miscommunication leads to unnecessary Coast Guard search
Tue, 08 Jan, 2013 09:52 AM PST
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A search for two adults and five children by the Coast Guard was unnecessary, avoidable and needlessly endangered responders, a release from the Coast Guard said. 

 GRDA Lake Police Offer Safety Tips for winter boating
Safe boating is also something that should be practiced year-round, and when you are on the water in the winter, there are some extra precautions you should keep in mind. The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department says a December 29 incident on ...

Boating Fatalities:

Body of 2nd missing boater found in central Fla.
Sat, 05 Jan, 2013 04:49 PM PST
Authorities say they've found the body of the second boater who went missing this past weekend on Lake Jesup in central Florida.

  Man sentenced to probation for boating deaths
Sat, 05 Jan, 2013 07:10 PM PST
LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Wood River man has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for a boating accident that killed two North Carolina teens. The Grant Island Independent reports ( ) that 41-year-old Brian Packer was sentenced Friday in Sherman County District Court.

  Man dies in jet ski accident
Mon, 07 Jan, 2013 03:26 AM PST
A Pretoria man has been killed in a jet ski accident while on holiday in Eerste River, near Plettenberg Bay, the NSRI says.

 Boater who drowned identified as Lawrenceville man
Macon Telegraph (blog)
ATLANTA — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a Lawrenceville man who drowned in Lake Lanier. Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent identified the man as 54-year-old Robert Armistead of Lawrenceville. Authorities say he was found after ...

  Dog drowns in boating accident near Elkton
Mon, 07 Jan, 2013 11:32 AM PST
A Bend man and two others escaped a boating accident on Sunday near Elkton, but his dog perished after it's life vest caught on the capsized boat.

2008 Michigan boat-barge crash leads to $8.1 million in judgments
Lansing State Journal
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports $7.5 million was awarded by default last year to the estates of the three people killed when the boat they were riding in crashed into the 120-foot barge in a bay just off of Lake St. Clair. The boat's operator

Woman dead after sailboat runs aground near Courtenay
A 40-year-old woman from Courtenay, B.C., is dead after a sailboat ran aground in Union Bay Monday afternoon. courtenay bc Courtenay, B.C.. Officials say the first calls came in reporting a boat listing to one side and travelling erratically at about 3 ..

 Boating Accidents And Rescues:

 Three people winched off stricken yacht
Radio New Zealand
A helicopter has winched three people from an 8-metre ketch in rough seas off Marlborough. The Sea Wanderer was hit by bad weather and 90 kilometre an hour winds off Cape Campbell, the southernmost extreme of Cook Strait. The crew put out a Mayday ...

Fire breaks out during boating trip into the Gulf
MyFox Tampa Bay
The unidentified boater transported the injured man to the Nokomis boat ramp where a Sarasota County Fire Rescue vehicle was waiting. He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with burns. The captain of the boat managed to navigate the ...

 Boat Owner Gets Luxury Yacht Stuck Under Bridge In Surrey (PICTURES)
Huffington Post UK
The 40ft long boat was too high to pass through Chertsey Bridge in Surrey and became wedged under the archway. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines and a fire boat were sent to the scene just before 13:00 GMT on Saturday 5th January.

 Rapid sinking stuns skipper
The skipper of a boat that sank off the Kaikoura coast on New Year's Eve with six passengers has praised them for keeping calm. Seasoned skipper Vic Foster, still shaken by the experience, said the fact the group kept their heads was the reason

Kayakers rescued from Clutha
Sun, 06 Jan, 2013 11:10 AM PST
Two kayakers whose craft overturned on the Clutha River near Wanaka at the weekend were later helped ashore safely after a jet-boat and jet ski were sent out from nearby Albert Town. read more  

Fisherman rescued near Marco Island
Mon, 07 Jan, 2013 09:31 AM PST
A 29-year-old fisherman was rescued by Coast Guard Auxiliary crewmembers after his 12-foot dinghy was found one mile north of the Goodland Bridge in the Big Marco River, Monday.

 Grounded sailboat brings drunken-boating arrest
An intoxicated sailor passed out, and his boat ran aground off the coast of Laguna Beach Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard officials said. The keel of the 28-foot sloop was lodged in sand and rocks outside the surf line of Main Beach as of 10 p.m. Sunday, ...

 Boat catches fire in Fairhaven drydock
Providence Eyewitness News
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) -- Fairhaven fire crews rushed to the town shipyards on Water Street Monday morning for a fire on board a fishing boat in drydock. The Sea Ranger, a 100-foot fishing boat, had caught fire in the "lazarette" area -- a storage ...

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