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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

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 2 adults, 2 kids still missing off Monterey coast
Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 10:03 AM PST
The Coast Guard was searching Monday for four family members, including two children under 8, who reported in a series of broken distress calls the day before that their sailboat was sinking south of San Francisco, and they were trying to make a life raft out of a cooler and life preserver ring after being forced to abandon the vessel.

  Coast Guard Releases Mayday Call Of Family Missing Off California Coast (Audio)
Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 09:56 AM PST
The Coast Guard has released audio of a mayday call in an effort to identify a family of four that went missing off the California coast when their sailboat began to sink.

  Coast Guard: Search for missing family still ‘a rescue’
Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 08:43 AM PST
The Coast Guard launched a C-130 aircraft at dawn Tuesday to join an intensive search in the waters off Monterey for a family who were forced to abandon their sinking sailboat on Sunday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said the Coast Guard had not yet determined when the search – underway since late Sunday – would come to an end. “We still consider this a genuine search and rescue case,” he

Boating Safety Education Classes

Safety at Sea seminars for kids and adults at Mariners' Museum
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 09:56 AM PST
NEWPORT NEWS - No matter the season, it's important to be safe on water.   The Mariners' Museum, Landfall Navigation and Storm TrySail Foundation are hosting a boating safety seminar this weekend. The adult program will be held on Sat., Feb 23 and the junior program for sailors 12 and up will be held Sun., Feb 24. Leading the seminars is Capt. Henry Marx, owner and president of Landfall ...  

  WYANDOTTE: Spring boating course offers more than just the basics
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 06:42 AM PST
WYANDOTTE Even though the recent weather has been undeniably winterlike, the opening of the 55th annual Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Cen

  Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Course Schedule
Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 07:09 AM PST
Flotilla 30-1 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is pleased to announce their boating safety course schedule for spring 2013.

  Boat saftey class offered in Wellington
Sun, 24 Feb, 2013 12:20 AM PST
The Village of Wellington has partnered with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer residents a certified Boating Safety Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23.

Basic boating safety class Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 09:07 PM PST
HIGGANUM >> The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering the Connecticut Basic Boating Safety Class for participants ages 12 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 18 through 27. 

Boating safety courses to be held this weekend Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 07:42 AM PST
Boating safety courses will be offered by two local organizations Saturday.

Boating course offered this month
Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 04:07 AM PST
HOPATCONG — The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 67, stationed on Lake Hopatcong, will be conducting an About Boating Safely course on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Boaters take advantage of safety course
Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 03:54 AM PST
Boaters in Virginia Beach took part in a free boating safety course Saturday.

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As B.C. coast guard station closes in major city, $6.6 million facility to be built in Burin, Newfoundland
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 09:11 AM PST
Days after shutting down the Kitsilano coast guard station serving the busy waters off downtown Vancouver, the federal government has announced more than $6 million to build a coast guard search and rescue lifeboat station in a community of about 3,000 residents in southern Newfoundland. 

High Water and Higher Tensions on Echo Lake
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 10:26 AM PST
Nearly 200 people attended a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks public hearing on Feb. 19 about proposed boating rules on Echo Lake. After almost two hours of testimony, it was clear that many in attendance opposed establishing a no-wake zone. For the last two summers, Echo Lake, near Bigfork, has flooded because of a high snowpack and wet spring. Some residents say high water and waves from fast ..

  Sure shore guardians
Thu, 21 Feb, 2013 05:02 PM PST
The volunteer organization that promotes boating safety and assists the United States Coast Guard has promoted two local men to high-ranking positions on the West Coast.

  Coast Guard closes unsafe bars
Sun, 24 Feb, 2013 09:14 AM PST
PORTLAND -- The Coast Guard has closed the Tillamook Bay, Depoe Bay and Siuslaw River bars to all vessels because of hazardous conditions. The Coast Guard said Saturday it will frequently evaluate the need for a closure and plans to reopen the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves and navigation is safe.

State to consider stiffer penalties for drunken boating
Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 04:43 PM PST
LAKE MARTIN, Ala. (WIAT) - If an intoxicated driver kills someone while behind the wheel of a car, they face the possibility of years behind bars. If the same happens on a body of water, the same penalty does not necessarily apply. A bill approved by the House and headed to the Senate would allow intoxicated boaters who cause a fatal wreck to be charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide. That ...

NauticalCheck Announces Retail Prices for its Boating Safety Checkbook and Distribution Through the United States ...
Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 09:02 AM PST
NauticalCheck announces retail prices for its boating safety checkbook at $14.95 and distribution through the United Stated Power Squadrons as well as available on its website and coming retail boat supply stores. (PRWeb February 26, 2013) Read the full story at
  Gibraltar Yacht Clearance Further Simplified
Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 04:33 AM PST
The Gibraltar Government has announced a number of refinements to the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Yacht Portal that was implemented last year to simplify customs and immigration procedures in respect of visiting pleasure craft.

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Delaware River boater indicted on new manslaughter charge in Lane Alden's death
Thu, 21 Feb, 2013 03:42 PM PST
A grand jury found that enough evidence existed to indict him on aggravated manslaughter, said Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.

23-day search finds missing boater's body
Thu, 21 Feb, 2013 03:04 PM PST
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says searchers have found the body of a Baton Rouge firefighter who apparently fell into the Intracoastal Canal on Jan. 30 while loading his boat onto a trailer in St.... 

Father of lost N.S. crewman says coast guard shouldn't have left capsized boat
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 09:29 AM PST
The father of one of the men on board an overturned fishing boat says the coast guard should never have left the vessel before trying to stabilize it.

Coast Guard testifies during Bounty hearing
Fri, 22 Feb, 2013 07:36 AM PST
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) A Coast Guard official testified on Thursday that the closest Navy ship to the HMS Bounty before it sank during Hurricane Sandy was about 260 miles away, highlighting just how i 

Tragic Holly Buchanan is laid to rest eight years after she died in a horror boating accident on Loch Lomond
Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 12:38 AM PST
THE 13-year-old died alongside her dad after the pair were thrown overboard from their boat when it malfunctioned at almost 60mph back in 2005

  Body near mystery wreckage
Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 09:56 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to figure out what happened to a deceased man found floating in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday near the wreckage of a boat about 22 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., according to authorities.

Boater identified in wreckage off Jacksonville's coast, but little else known Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 11:10 PM PST
The debris and body of a 49-year-old man was found Sunday but the rest remains a mystery. The boat had 10 life preservers but it's unclear if anyone else was on board. 

  News from around The Carolinas Sun, 24 Feb, 2013 06:01 PM PST
The body of a Mullins boater missing for five days was discovered by Department of Natural Resources officers Wednesday afternoon in Galivants Ferry.

Boating Accidents and rescues:

  Alabama Marine Police Investigate Lake Guntersville Boating Accident
Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 12:51 PM PST
Alabama Marine Police are investigating a boating accident that happened Saturday morning. Three people were hurt, two seriously. WHNT News..

Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 02:30 AM PST
Byline: Harwich RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch early on Saturday afternoon (23 February) after a yacht put out a Mayday distress call off the Harwich coast. Page Content: The yacht, a sail training vessel with eight persons on board had gone aground on the Cork Sand in freezing conditio

Firefighters tackle houseboat blaze near York
Mon, 25 Feb, 2013 03:40 PM PST
FIREFIGHTERS have tonight tackled a blaze on a houseboat moored on the River Ouse near York.

  Pasco deputies rescue stranded boater
Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 08:18 PM PST
Pasco County sheriff's deputies rescued a stranded boater on Ghost Creek just north of the Sea Pines Canal in Hudson.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

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WYANDOTTE: Spring boating course offers more than just the basics
Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 04:55 AM PST
WYANDOTTE — Even though the recent weather has been undeniably winterlike, the opening of the 55th annual Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center in Detroit this week is sure to get boaters thinking of sunnier, warmer days on the water.
  State-sponsored class about boating to be Saturday
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 11:18 AM PST
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering a boat safety education class from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cabela’s conference room in Kansas City, Kan. 
  Try a boating quiz on piloting, dead reckoning
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 10:14 AM PST
In previous columns I have written about the mariner's compass and piloting by deduced reckoning or dead reckoning. 
  Boater safety courses will be at 3 locations in the Ozarks
Wed, 20 Feb, 2013 07:13 AM PST
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is offering boating safety certification courses. They will be at the following places: 
  Local parks and rec to offer boating safety courses in March
Thu, 21 Feb, 2013 11:27 AM PST
Effective July 1, the Virginia Boating Safety Education Compliance Requirement law requires all persons age 14 and older that operate a personal watercraft (PWC) and persons age 40 and below operating boats with motors of 10 hp or greater must have successfully completed a boating safety course approved/accepted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). No person under the .
  Boating safety courses scheduled by Missouri State Highway Patrol
Wed, 20 Feb, 2013 11:57 AM PST
Springfield, MO - Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, announces boating safety certification courses are being offered to the public at the following locations:
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  On the water: Personal watercraft operators must follow laws that apply to powerboats
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 07:55 AM PST
You just bought or are renting a personal watercraft and can't wait to climb on and head out on a fantastic new adventure. 
Boating safety highlights 15th annual Port City Day in Naples Wed, 20 Feb, 2013 08:19 AM PST
The 15th annual Port City Day will be held Friday in Naples. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93, Naples, will have a recreational boating safety booth on City Dock with boating safety displays, demonstrations, and boating safety pamphlets. A 33-foot utility boat from Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Station will be there with a crew of four. They will conduct guided tours for the public ... 
Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Stew Leonard Sr. headed to court in boating death
Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 01:36 PM PST
Dairy store owner Stew Leonard Sr. will have to defend himself in a lawsuit of causing the death at sea of Robert Speranza, who was killed two years ago when he fell from Leonard’s yacht in the Caribbean.

One dies in boating accident on Rogue River
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 10:33 AM PST
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- One person died after a drift boat overturned on the Rogue River. Around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office received a report that a boat had overturned upstream from the Robertson Bridge Boat Ramp on the Rogue River.

Petite Lake boater wants blood-alcohol tests tossed
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 05:48 PM PST
Defense attorneys are seeking to suppress a boater's blood-alcohol level after he fatally ran over a Libertyville boy last summer.

Seventh day of hearing into Bounty sinking starts
Wed, 20 Feb, 2013 06:25 AM PST
The seventh day of the Coast Guard hearings into the sinking of the sailing ship the Bounty has started. Scheduled to testify today are: Anna Sprague, deckhand on the Bounty; Jessica Black, cook on the Bounty; Capt. Dan Moreland, tall ship Picton Castle; Capt. Jan Miles, tall ship Pride of Baltimore II; Capt. Richard Bailey, tall ship Gazella. The captains are scheduled to testify by phone. 

Police continue to search Grand Lake for boater Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 11:52 PM PST
On the eve of the largest televised fishing tournament to hit Grand Lake, Grand River Dam Authority police continue to comb the lake looking for a Missouri man who has been missing and feared drowned for more than three weeks.

Boating Accidents And Rescues:

2 people rescued after boat sinks on ETX lake
Sun, 17 Feb, 2013 11:39 AM PST
Two men were rescued by another boater after their boat sunk on Lake Palestine Sunday afternoon.

Fishing vessel takes on water
Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 09:23 AM PST
A commercial fishing boat from Maine sprung a leak this morning near the Intershell dock off Commercial Street. The Aaron & Melissa, a 75-foot vessel from Maine, started taking on water, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The owner was on board the b 

3 boats damaged in Weehawken marina fire
Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 07:29 AM PST
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) - Three boats were damaged Monday morning when a fire broke out at a Weehawken marina. North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Montagne tells The Jersey Journal ( ) the fire broke out between 7 and 7:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club marina, near the Sheraton and the Chart House restaurant.

  Policeman jailed for a year after severely injuring a child with a jet ski Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 08:48 PM PST
A policeman has been sentenced to a year in prison after he left a 10-year-old boy scarred for life when he smashed into him in a jet ski hit-and-run.

  Coast Guard rescues 2 on stranded sailboat off NC
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 09:43 AM PST
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has rescued two people on a disabled sailboat off the North Carolina coast.   The Coast Guard says it got a report Saturday night that the 43-foot sailboat Cimarron had lost its rigging and was drifting about 17 miles east of Oregon Inlet.   The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat from Atlantic Beach and a life boat from Oregon Inlet.   The smaller boat ...

  Person rescued from canal in south Fort Myers
Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 01:32 PM PST
Emergency crews rescued a person from a canal at the Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club off McGregor Boulevard in south Fort Myers

  Seldovia boater rescued off Port Graham
Wed, 20 Feb, 2013 05:16 PM PST
The first sign that Kelly Brennan, 54, of Seldovia was in trouble came about 4:30 p.m. Monday when the motor on his 12-foot skiff quit operating. Brennan was near Dangerous Cape at the time, between Seldovia and Port Graham, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers.

Thu, 21 Feb, 2013 08:48 AM PST
Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has today provided assistance to a yacht with three people on board after it started taking on water and at risk of sinking eleven miles off the north Kent coast. Page Content: The alarm was raised soon after 8am when the 9m yacht, on passage from Burnham on Crouch to Dover, started taking in water while near the Fisherman’s Gat channel. The crew of the yacht ...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Boating Accidents And Safety News

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Safe boating class to be held in Boynton Beach Sat, 16 Feb, 2013 06:00 AM PST
The next monthly “safe boating” class at at the Harvey Oyer Boat Park, 2010 N. Federal Highway, is set for 8 a. 

WYANDOTTE: Spring boating course offers more than just the basics
Sun, 17 Feb, 2013 04:51 AM PST
WYANDOTTE — Even though the recent weather has been undeniably winterlike, the opening of the 55th annual Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center in Detroit this week is sure to get boaters thinking of sunnier, warmer days on the water.

  Try a boating quiz on piloting, dead reckoning
Sat, 16 Feb, 2013 10:44 PM PST
In previous columns I have written about the mariner's compass and piloting by deduced reckoning or dead reckoning.

5 questions with Captain John Martino of Annapolis School of Seamanship
Sat, 16 Feb, 2013 02:21 PM PST
Founder and president will lead seminars at Baltimore Boat Show Captain John Martino, the founder and president of the Annapolis School of Seamanship, will lead seminars during this year's Baltimore Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center from Feb. 28 to March 3
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  Dam safety doesn't need act of Congress
Fri, 15 Feb, 2013 05:24 AM PST
Let's just point out, right off the bat, that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to prohibit boating and fishing below dams along the Cumberland River is a bad idea.

Outdoors: Friedman preaches boater education Fri, 15 Feb, 2013 09:00 PM PST
David Friedman knows boats.He should. He’s been around boats for about 70 years.Growing up on the east coast, Friedman took his first boat ride as a 4-year-old. 

Boating Fatalities and Missing:

Search to resume for boater missing on Lake Lanier
Thu, 14 Feb, 2013 09:02 AM PST
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The search for a missing boater on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta is expected to resume Thursday. Sgt. Greg Colson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says crews s...

Men accused in Pineview boating death found guilty on all counts
Fri, 15 Feb, 2013 11:28 AM PST
A jury found two men charged in the death of a swimmer killed after being struck by a boat at Pineview Reservoir guilty on... 

Pineview boaters smoked pot, drank vodka, witness says
Thu, 14 Feb, 2013 07:48 PM PST
Pineview boaters smoked pot, drank vodka, witness says by Jessica Miller The Salt Lake Tribune Published Feb 14, 2013 02:08PM MDT Ogden • A jury is deliberating Thursday evening whether two men should be convicted of criminal charges related to a 2011 boating accident that killed a swimmer at Pineview Reservoir. After three days of trial, the six-person jury was sent to deliberate about 6:30 p.m ...

Boating Accidents And Rescues:

Alameda boater still in critical condition after blaze, firefighters say
Thu, 14 Feb, 2013 12:38 PM PST
The man was hurt during an explosion at the Grand Marina.

  Coast Guard rescues man from canoe near Pavilion Key
Fri, 15 Feb, 2013 10:31 PM PST
Coast Guard crews say they helped rescue a 71-year-old man from his canoe at 12 am Friday near Pavilion Key. According to the Coast Guard, watch standers at Sector Key West had received a phone call from a 911 dispatcher who said another boater in a canoe saw, then lost sight of, a man making signs with a flash light. An MH65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami arrived at ...

2 hurt as ferry, pleasure boat collide in SF Bay
Sun, 17 Feb, 2013 09:49 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Golden Gate Ferry has crashed with a 22-year-old pleasure boat in San Francisco Bay, leaving two people injured.  The Coast Guard said in a statement that two of the four people from the pleasure craft were taken by helicopter to a hospital after the crash at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There was no immediate word on the condition of the injured or ... 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

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  DMR offers free boating safety classes Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 08:34 PM PST
BILOXI -- The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Boat and Water Safety classes are scheduled in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties.

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Online love prompts new police warning
Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 02:54 PM PST
Free to ski? Maybe not Plans to restrict boat and jet ski activities at six Riverland sites could be formalised this year, depending on co-operation between local environmentalists and river users. 

10,000 member Council of BC Yachts Clubs wades into the battle to save Kits base
Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 08:29 PM PST
The ten thousand member strong Council of BC Yachts Clubs wants the Senate to take a hard look at the closing of Kits Coast Guard base.   President Sheila Boutcher says unlike the Conservative government a Senate committee might actually listen to the boating community. "Well at least they could have a proper look at the facts and make a recomendation because we just don't feel the decision was .

Proposed bill lowers legal intoxication level for boaters
Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 02:54 PM PST
A new bill at the state Capitol calls for a change in Georgia's boating under the influence law. The measure would lower the intoxication limit for boaters.

State Senator wants to crack down on drunken boating
Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 03:00 PM PST
State leaders want to crack to down on people who drink and get the behind the wheel of a boat.

Boating Industry to co-host American Boating Congress
Boating Industry
The American Boating Congress is the National Marine Manufacturers Association's annual comprehensive legislative conference for the recreational boating industry. It is an opportunity for all industry leaders, from dealers to manufacturers to

Park Service seeks comments on public watercraft use
Wed, 13 Feb, 2013 10:26 AM PST
The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the use of personal watercraft in Gulf Islands National Seashore.  

  Lake Mead officials spread their gospel: Don't move a mussel
Wed, 13 Feb, 2013 04:50 PM PST
Bruce Williams squinted as he used a high-pressure hose spraying 140-degree water to kill and blast away quagga mussels from under a hulking houseboat. Williams, a vessel inspector at a county lake in Santa Clara, Calif., traveled this week to Lake Mead to take part in a two-day class to learn more about how to stop the spread of the invasive mollusk.

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Search suspended for missing boater out of NSB; family believes he's alive
Daytona Beach News-Journal
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Family members, while disheartened and worried, were understanding Monday that the search for a lost Apopka boater had been suspended. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ...

  Trial Upcoming for Alleged Hit, Run Boater
The trial of a Brick Township man charged in a fatal boating accident in Aug. 2008 is set to begin soon after being pushed back from the fall, officials said. Anthony Digilio, now 33, is facing charges of vehicular homicide and assault after ...

Desperate search for missing boatie
yahoo Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 11:36 PM PST
Sydney police are searching for a missing person following a boating accident at Revesby in the city's south-west.  

Pineview boater testifies about fatal Utah hit-and-run
Tue, 12 Feb, 2013 06:08 PM PST
Pineview boater testifies about fatal Utah hit-and-run by Jessica Miller The Salt Lake Tribune Published Feb 12, 2013 02:55PM MDT Ogden • On the witness stand during the trial for two of his friends, Skyler Shepherd maintained the men never knew swimmer Esther Fujimoto had been horribly injured by their propeller when their boat struck her on Aug. 21, 2011. “You never heard her scream?” Deputy ...

  Divers expect to resume search for missing man Wednesday
Tue, 12 Feb, 2013 04:26 PM PST
CUMMING - Authorities were expected to resume their search for a missing Forsyth County boater and fisherman Wednesday morning. The 47 year old man's abandoned boat was found in the Bald Ridge Creek area Monday night.

Paddle boarder, neighbors rescue boater
Tue, 12 Feb, 2013 10:01 AM PST
Mark Eskridge was looking out of his window at the lake checking wind conditions when he noticed something out of the ordinary early Saturday morning, Feb. 2. 

Authorities investigating whether bones found belong to missing Maine students
Wed, 13 Feb, 2013 09:18 AM PST
Authorities are investigating whether bones that were found on an island in Maine belong to two boat-building students who vanished in the area in December.

Boating Accidents And rescues:

Coast Guard rescues boaters near Bayboro Harbor
Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 05:02 PM PST
Monday, February 11, 2013 ST. PETERSBURG — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters Monday after their dinghy began to take on water near Bayboro Harbor. According to the Coast Guard, one of the boaters punctured his dinghy on a navigation aid while attempting to tow a sailboat. There were no injuries. Neither boater was wearing a life jacket. No other details were released.

  Paddle boarder, neighbors rescue boater
Tue, 12 Feb, 2013 10:01 AM PST
Mark Eskridge was looking out of his window at the lake checking wind conditions when he noticed something out of the ordinary early Saturday morning, Feb. 2.