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Friday, April 12, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Marine Engine Exchange Offers Grants for Motor Upgrades
In an ongoing effort to improve the air and water quality of San Pedro Bay, the Port of Los Angeles has made additional funding available for its Marina Engine Exchange Program, incentivizing boat owners to replace their older, high-polluting outboard .

Pete Zimowsky: Boaters, don't forget to buy your invasive species stickers
Bellingham Herald
If you're a nonmotorized boater, better get your current sticker. They are available at boating shops throughout the state. In the Boise area, places like Alpenglow Sports, Idaho River Sports, Boise Army-Navy, Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse have them.

 Clean marinas care
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program also offers a clean boater program, where any boater can participate by pledging not to litter, help prevent the movement of invasive species and complete other measures that contribute to a healthy Lake Erie. More than ...

Boating Safety Education Classes:

Boating safety class to be offered April 20 in Orange Beach (blog)
Presented by flotilla experts, the course is designed for recreational boaters and private watercraft operators. Instruction will be provided on boating laws, safety equipment, boat handling and navigation, and boating problems and serious boating ...

Now is time to take boating safety course
The Michigan Department of Resources reminds anyone who plans on operating a watercraft this year to take a boating safety course. Classroom and online options are available, and boating safety is required for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1978, who wants ...

 Boating classes offered in Bellevue, Medina
Bellevue Reporter
Boating classes will be offered in Bellevue and Medina over the next few months for people to obtain their boater education card. The card is required for people age 12 to 50 for boats powered by a 15 or more horsepower. The requirement will extend to ...

 Mentor Recreation Department offering water-safety classes
Plain Dealer
"Having Lake Erie so close to us, I think it's very wise and prudent for us to provide boating safety classes with so many people having the opportunity to boat," said city Recreation Superintendent Paul Hegreness. "It's really comprehensive with a lot ...

Learn Kayaking At Patoka Lake
(PATOKA) - Have you ever wished you knew how to kayak or wanted to try it out before buying your own equipment? Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 20th at 2p.m. Eastern Time.

Boating Safety News:

Boat users urged to carry out safety checks before boating season begins
The Westmorland Gazette
WINDERMERE boat users have been urged to make vital safety checks on their boats in the run up to the start of the season. The warning comes in the wake of two carbon monoxide incidents in the space of one week on Windermere. The Lake District ...

 Editorial: Life jackets have changed, the behavior of boaters hasn't
Hunterdon County Democrat -
Boating mishaps led to two deaths in New Jersey last week, one of them at Round Valley Reservoir in Clinton Township. There is a strong chance that both could have been prevented had the fishermen worn a life jacket. At Round Valley on April 1 someone 

US Coast Guard Auxillary to be on Lake Winnipesaukee for summer
Foster's Daily Democrat
MEREDITH / PORTSMOUTH — The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-8, organized under US Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, is dedicated to safe recreational boating on the ocean and on New Hampshire's larger lakes. On Lake Winnipesaukee ...

Don't forget boat rules
The Spokesman Review
Boating safety rules vary from Spokane County to Idaho. For example, kids under 12 must wear life jackets on boats in Washington, while Idaho enforces the requirement on kids under 14. Although specifics must be checked out for each county, here are ...

 Responders train for river rescues as waters rise
NBC Montana
Higher waters means higher danger in the rivers around Western Montana, so rescuers are making sure they're up to speed in their training. On Thursday, members of the Missoula Fire Department dispatched two jet skis to train on the Clark Fork 

 Coast Guard reminds vessel operators in Alaska to maintain proper lookouts
Anchorage Daily News
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to maintain a proper lookout at all times while on the open water in Alaska to prevent collisions, groundings and other marine casualties. “Nearly every collision investigated by the Coast Guard ...

Oregon first responders, Coast Guard drill on mass rescue, security at Oregon port
Government Security News
Local first responders in Astoria, OR, worked with Coast Guard rescuers in an exercise on April 10 aimed at responding to a mass rescue situation on the city's waterfront. The exercise follows a similar emergency response drill in Astoria in mid-March ..

Boating Fatalities and Missing:
Family of man killed in 2008 boat explosion ready to move forward
WSOC Charlotte
A jury decided the company that installed the gas pumps at the marina was responsible for the explosion that killed Richard Coppick's son, 19-year-old Nate Coppick, as he refueled a boat. Richard Coppick said he feels Nate has been with them in spirit.

Body of missing boater found near St. Pete
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The body of a missing Pinellas County boater has been recovered. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office say it appears Michael Douglas Rhine's death was accidental. An autopsy is scheduled and the investigation is continuing.

 Two killed, 6 hospitalized as sailing yacht sinks off Portuguese coast
Global Times
The two confirmed deaths are a 47-year-old crew member of the sailboat which was flying a German flag and a member of the Maritime Police who was 41, according to a Maritime Police statement. One of the fatalities was one of five crew members on the ..

Boating Fatality Could Lead To Jail
Boating Fatality Could Lead To Jail CJOB News Team reporting 4/11/2013. A 37 year old Winnipeg man could be headed to jail after his friend drowned in a case of dangerous boating on the Red River. David Morris was swept away by the current when the .

Woman identified who fell out of kayak
A woman who fell out of her kayak Sunday on the Green River and later died has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner's Office. Elizabeth Gould, 45, fell out of her kayak about 1:30 p.m. near Black Diamond and was taken to an Auburn ...

Woman and girl die in Lake District
Hertfordshire Mercury
The man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Cumbria Police said. A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: "Cumbria Police can confirm that at approximately 4pm today, they attended an incident at Lake

Boating Accidents and Rescues:

 Men rescued from drifting boat by Guernsey Ambulance
BBC News
Two men were rescued from a boat drifting half a mile offshore in Port Grat Bay after a passer-by raised the alarm. Guernsey Ambulance and Rescue's inshore boat brought the men to safety. A spokesman said four men were out on a recreational trip when .

Horry County crews respond to Myrtle Beach area marina for boat fire
An Horry County police officer blocks Hague Drive and a fire engine pumps water from a hydrant into a line to a boat fire at Hague Marina in the Socastee community Thursday. The boat is reported to have exploded. Photo by Amanda ...

 Overdue boater found
The Coast Guard has found an overdue boater from Haines waiting out the weather in a protected bay north of Juneau. Lt. Ryan Erickson with Coast Guard Sector Juneau says 57-year-old Scott Pierce left Haines Sunday morning aboard a small sail boat, ...

Four rescued from burning boat
Four people have been rescued from a sinking fishing boat on the West Coast after a fire broke out. West Coast search and rescue co-ordinator Sean Judd said the crew on the Honey Dew, near Knights Point, north of Haast, set off a red flare about 6.25am ..

 Boat explodes at marina in Socastee
Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler says they don't believe another explosion will occur, but they evacuated the marina as a precaution. The State Law Enforcement Division's Bomb Squad arrived on scene in two helicopters. They went into the boat .

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