Boating Safety Is For Life

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety News:

Coast Guard highlights the problems with making "false calls" -
ABC2 News
The coast guard station here at Curtis Bay handles hundreds of calls each year, but not all of them are real, including one they got Wednesday night. False calls don't just impact the Coast Guard, those calls impact other resources, and that literally .

County Considers Expanding Boat Inspections
The changes would require mandatory boat inspections at Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish starting this summer, and at all of the county's water bodies starting in 2015. Chris Brueske with the County Public Works Department says the program would require ...

Lake officer earns honor
Smith Mountain Eagle
Veteran conservation police officer Dallas Neel has been named Virginia's Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Neel joined the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries law enforcement division in 1997 and was assigned to Richmond ...

Newport man installed as United States Power Squadron District 27 Commander
Jacksonville Daily News
Members of the Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron are showing their leadership in an organization dedicated to boating safety and education. Robert Howd of Newport was installed as commander of District 27 of the United States Power Squadrons in a ...

 Coast Guard calls for volunteers
The Transcontinental
GOT TIME?: The Port Augusta Coast Guard is looking for volunteers. Join commander Janet McDonald (front), deputy commander Raymond Thomas (back, left) and vessels and vehicle maintenance officer Darryl Carn and others either on the boat or in the ...

South County rescuers train alongside Coast Guard
Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — It is the worst case scenario – a logger has fallen down a steep embankment, is unconscious and potentially has a broken back. The local High Angle Rescue Team cannot safely get to him, so the U.S. Coast Guard is called. With a helicopter .

 Ninth Ward: Being safe on the water is your choice
These are just a few boating stories that remind us that even a leisurely summer cruise on the Chesapeake has its own hazards. Since each was due to human error, as is almost always the case, it's time to think about how to make boating safer and more ..

Boaters keep sheriffĂ­s marine deputies busy
The Macomb Daily
Broussard said deputies assigned to the marine patrol must take a boating safety course. He said above the average deputy who graduated from the police academy get instruction on the Marine Safety Act and laws from retired boating exerts such as former ...

 Lifejacket helps man overboard in Solent
On The Wight
Solent Coastguard broadcast a mayday relay to any other vessels that may have been able to assist and received an offer of assistance from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) that was nearby. Liferaft inflated. Solent Coastguard advised the two ...

 Pittsfield: Coast Guard Auxiliary to host information session
Berkshire Eagle
Attendees will learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the programs it offers, and the benefits of including boater education and safety, search and rescue, and advanced navigation in the Berkshires. Information: Aaron Aubin at (413) 394-9775.

 Two accused of fleeing from Coast Guard plead not guilty
Valley morning Star
“Failing to 'heave to' for an at-sea Coast Guard boarding is a serious offense. Vessel operators who do not stop and attempt to flee from the Coast Guard put themselves, law enforcement officers and others at great risk,” Rear Admiral Roy Nash ...

USCG reminds operators to maintain proper lookouts
Tundra Drums
“Nearly every collision investigated by the Coast Guard has found a failure on the part of one or both involved parties to maintain a proper lookout,” said Ken Lawrenson, the Coast Guard 17th District fishing vessel safety coordinator. “This is not a

Boating Safety Education Classes:

Free boating safety course will be offered in Webster May 11
Assemblyman Mark Johns and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit are hosting a free boating safety course at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Dr., Webster. The boating safety course is required for all ...

Schedule set for NJ mandatory boat safety certificate class
Shore News Today
New Jersey mandates that all boat and personal watercraft operators attend an eight-hour boating safety course, including test, to obtain their New Jersey State Police boating license. The following are the upcoming scheduled classes in nearby ...

 Boating Safety Course to be held
Ainsworth Star-Journal
According to Eveland, the Nebraska Boating Safety course is required of all power boat operators born after December 31, 1985, which includes operators of personal watercraft and all other motorboats. The minimum age to operate a motorboat in Nebraska ...

Boating Safety Seminar at Garvies Point
A two-part boating safety seminar will be held Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11 at Garvies Point Museum & Preserve from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to County Executive Ed Mangano. The seminar is being offered by the United States Coast Guard ...

5 Things To Know, April 17: Safe Boating
Boating: A Massachusetts Boating Basics course gets underway on Wednesday at Jubilee Yacht Club. The course is put on by the Environmental Police and Beverly Harbormaster. Registration is required and is open to anyone age 12 or older. Participants ...

Free boating safety course offered
The Wenatchee World Online
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is offering a free Washington State Boater Education course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Grant County public works, 124 Enterprise St. SE in Ephrata. Space is limited to 45 students. Operators of vessels ...

CCC offers boating safety
Auburn Citizen
New York State law requires all operators of personal watercraft and youth under age 18 who operate a boat without direct adult supervision, to learn boating safety and apply to the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation for a certificate.

 US Coast Guard Auxiliary free boating safety course April 20
Fort Leavenworth Lamp
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a free boating safety course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St. in Leavenworth. Topics covered include boat types and marine motors, pre-underway activities and ...

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Man dies after boat capsizes in northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One man is dead after a boat capsized off the coast in northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department reports that two men were in a 19-foot boat about 200 yards from shore at Little Talbot Island State Park

[Update, 12:17pm: Here's a statement issued by Chris Adams, Harrington's attorney:]. “Mr. Plante's death was a tragic accident, but Mr. Harrington was not the cause of that accident.” “Mr. Harrington is a skilled boater and sailing instructor, and a ...

 Camden man, 23, dies in boating accident
San Francisco Chronicle
CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — Funeral services are Tuesday for a 23-year-old Camden man who died in a boating accident on the Ouachita River. Officials say David Chad Gibbs was killed in the accident, which happened Saturday near lock 8 on the river. Officials ...

One is dead after canoe overturns
Woburn Daily Times
TRAGIC CANOE ACCIDENT - The survivor of the canoe accident (above, right) is walked to an awaiting ambulance by a family member. A second man, visiting family in the area, however drowned in the accident. Below left, Woburn Firefighter Andrew .

 Man found in river in Hudson
The Sun
HUDSON, N.H. -- Emergency personnel rescued a person found floating unconscious in a partially submerged kayak floating down the Merrimack River on Monday afternoon. Hudson fire officials say they received multiple reports at 1:23 p.m. of an ...

Coos Bay woman drowns when boat capsizes on Coquille River, sheriff's office ...
Each was using a pontoon boat to scout riverbank areas for restoration projects, a sheriff's news release said. A fallen tree capsized Volin's boat about two miles north of the Gaylord Bridge, and her life jacket snagged. Sheriff's deputies and Myrtle 

 11 die in boat capsize off Morocco
The Australian
Of the 34 people travelling in the boat, reached up by the Moroccan navy at midday on Tuesday, two children, three women and six men died, and another 12 were hospitalised, a doctor in the coastal town of Hoceima told AFP. All but one of the victims ...

 Prosecution expected to finish when trial in fatal boat accident resumes today
The Star-Ledger -
First up on the defense witness list is Miles Beam, a boat accident reconstruction expert who is expected to challenge the prosecution's expert testimony about how the crash occurred. In his opening arguments, Tacopina claimed Post, the operator of his 

 Man dies in boating accident
Fiji Times
Man dies in boating accident. By AVINESH GOPAL Thursday, April 18, 2013. Update: 11:20AM POLICE are investigating a case in Labasa where a man was killed after being wounded by an outboard engine propeller. The 32-year-old man was diving for fish ...

 Six missing after two boats collide in Hong Kong: officials
HONG KONG — Six people were missing after two boats collided in waters off Hong Kong late on Thursday, government officials and police said, in the latest incident to hit the city's busy waterways. The accident comes after maritime fears were exposed ..

 Body of boating accident victim recovered from Arizona lake
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. -- Authorities have identified the body of a man recovered from Lake Havasu after he reportedly fell off a boat. Mohave County Sheriff's deputies said the body of Stefan Fowler was found Wednesday. He reportedly fell off the bow ...

Emergency Crews Searching Long Pond after Canoe Tips Over
Southwest Harbor police, MDI Police, along with fire and EMS crews are assisting the Maine Warden Service. At this point, police will not tell us how many people were in the canoe, they also will not say whether or not anyone was able to get out of the ...

Jet Ski Found Adrift off Kona Prompts Search
Big Island Now
A search was being conducted today for a possible person in waters off Kona after a fishing vessel found a rental Jet Ski adrift two miles offshore of Kailua-Kona. The Coast Guard determined that the personal watercraft belonged to Jet Ski Island, ...

Boating Accidents and Accident News:

 Chambers deputies rescue two different stranded boaters
The Baytown Sun
According to a statement from the sheriff's office, Marine Unit Deputy Hector Gonzalez was called out on the first incident about 6:45 p.m. Saturday when a passing boater reported that a personal watercraft and its passenger were adrift on the upper ...

 Boat explosion injures man in Homosassa - Bay News 9
Bay News 9
A 60-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital from the Homosassa Riverside Resort after the boat he was operating exploded on Tuesday, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. "The explosion actually blew him out of the boat," said Citrus ..

Crews rescue 3 after boat wrecks in racing Mississinewa River
Indianapolis Star
EATON — Three people were rescued late Wednesday afternoon after their jon boat crashed into a tree along the Mississinewa River, leaving its uninjured occupants stranded on a log in the middle of the fast-flowing water. The incident was reported ju

Three teens safe after falling into DuPage River in Naperville
Naperville Sun
The three male teens were paddling the canoe at 2:09 p.m. on the river near the Hillside Road Bridge just east of Washington Street when the canoe tipped over, said Naperville Fire Department Deputy Chief Rick Sander. The fire and police department ..

  Kayak accident sends one to hospital
The Daily Citizen
A kayaker was taken to Hamilton Medical Center Thursday afternoon with unknown injuries after he lost control of the kayak as it was going over the waterfall at Prater's Mill and went underwater, an official with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office said

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