Boating Safety Is For Life

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

 News Item Of The Day:

US tourists swim for nearly 14 hours after boat sinks near St. Lucia
Washington Post
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia was supposed to last all day, but about four hours into the journey, the boat's electric system crackled and popped. Dan Suski, a 30-year-old business owner and ...

They were very, very, lucky.  If at all possible it is always best to stay with the boat, if it is floating, or near where it went down.  Debris floats loose, there may be slicks, all which are far more visible than you in the water.  There may be things you can use as flotation, such as a cooler.  In addition staying together as a group also increases your chance of early rescue.  Statistics show that those who try to swim for it almost always drown. 

 Boating Safety Education Classes:

Boater Safety Class Offered by US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Oswego Daily News
These men and women can be found on the nation's waterways and in the air performing Maritime Domain Awareness and safety patrols, in classrooms teaching boater safety, and on the docks performing vessel safety checks. We also do watch standing at ...

Sailors ahoy: Boating seminars begin
n May 30 -- Boating on Rivers, Lakes and Locks. Learn about special navigation rules on rivers, river currents, how to read a river, using locks, and how to communicate with lock masters and bridge tenders. Contact Jim West at to register.

Online boating safety course offered
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Online boating safety course offered. Story · Comments. Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:30 am. Online boating safety course offered. BRIDGEPORT — A boating ...

 Boat Safety Course Will Satisfy NJ Regulations
The course will cover all the subjects to satisfy requirements for the mandatory New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate needed by all powerboat operators in the state. Sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Marina, the course will take place at that location ...

 Outdoors Calendar
Bend Bulletin
Kayak Roll Sessions: Class every Sunday through end of May; 4:15-6 p.m.; $12 per boat for in-district residents and $16 for out-of-district residents; Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, Bend; preregistration is available the Monday prior to each session at 

 Safe boating class offered in Madeira
Tampa Bay Newspapers
The classes are open to the public and recommended for anyone who owns a boat, a personal watercraft, anyone interested in purchasing a boat or anyone who wants to learn safe boating practices. Classes cover subjects such as navigating the waterways, 

 MSHP Water Patrol Division to hold free boating safety course
Lake Expo
Every boater can learn something about safety. For younger boaters, a safety course is mandatory before taking the helm. So, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is holding a free boater safety course from 5-9 p.m., June 3 and 4, at the Missouri State ...

 'Boating Education Lagniappe Day' set for May 11
Alexandria Town Talk
A boater makes sure that his children and their friends all are wearing life vests and are sitting down as he gets ready to head out on the water at Buhlow Lake. / Town Talk file photo. Written by. Town Talk staff. Filed Under. Features · Alexandria ...

 Coast Guard Auxiliary schedules boating classes - The World
Coos Bay World
The boating safety education course will be held in Charleston, and covers the basics of boating safety, rules of the road and Oregon boating laws. A test at the end of the course will qualify boaters for their mandatory Boater Education Card ...

Kids thrown in the deep end
The Bay of Plenty Times
Designed to put children through their paces, the course covers theory and practical aspects of boating safety, such as treading water and experiencing being in deep water fully clothed. They also become familiar with using life jackets and were taught ...

Boating Safety news:

Captain Pauley: The Parts Quandary
Lake Expo
As most of you who regularly read my columns, I work in a boat store. Among a great many other things, we sell a variety of engine parts, such as starters, alternators and fuel filters. It will come as no shock to any of us boaters that prices always ...

 At the Helm: Be prepared to be boarded
Valley morning Star
With the busy summer months fast approaching both Texas Parks & Wildlife and the U. S. Coast Guard will most likely be ramping up boardings and inspections of recreational boaters and fishermen. As a rule, these are courtesy inspections primarily for .

 Officials warn boaters about water temperature
Jamestown Press
With freshwater fishing season here, the state Department of Environmental Management reminds anglers that even on a warm day, water temperatures can hover in the low to mid 50s. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boating accident is five times more ..

Drunken boaters could lose their driver's licenses
Chicago Daily Herald
SPRINGFIELD — Drunken boaters could lose their licenses to drive cars under a plan approved by the Illinois Senate Thursday. The plan stems from the death 10-year-old Anthony "Tony" Borcia of Libertyville. Borcia was killed last year when he was ...

 APF rescue team to be deployed at Phewa Lake
POKHARA, April 26: In a bid to prevent recreational boating causalities in the Phewa Lake, a rescue team of Armed Police Force (APF) will soon be deployed to carry out immediate rescue efforts in case of need. A seven-member APF rescue team from Kalika ...

Safety tips for outdoor activities
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Personal flotation devices are required on watercraft (some shops require renters to wear PFDs at all times) and bike shops make helmets easily accessible. Related; Baltimore-area outfitters rent out bikes, canoes, paddleboards and more · 5 backyard ...

 Coast Guard reminds vessel operators in Alaska to maintain proper lookouts
Seward Phoenix Log
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 has found a failure ...

 Boat Inspections Required Before & After Entering Waterways
KREX News Channel 5
"Every boat that comes onto any state park, and most of the bodies in Colorado, are required to be inspected for aquatic nuisance species," said Alan Martinez manager of Highline Lake. Last year in Colorado, more than 400,000 boats were inspected.

 Boat inspection, decontamination program likely
The Lake George Park Commission adopted a Draft Invasive Species Prevention Plan and Environmental Impact Statement April 23. The plan identifies a “preferred alternative” that calls for a mandatory inspection program for all trailered boats entering ..

 Boater's Safety This Season
The U.S. Coast Guard out of Alpena is speaking out to remind boaters and those pursuing water recreations to keep safety in mind. Each year, the Northeast experience an influx of boaters in our lakes and rivers, due to the many fishing and recreational ...

 Oregon law requires youngsters to wear life jackets, paddlers to have invasive ...
Operators of power boats greater than 10 horsepower, as well as youths (12 is minimum age) operating any powerboat, must attend a safety program and carry a Boater Education Card. Check with the Oregon State Marine Board or boating stores for classes ...

 What you need to know about boating permits for Lake Whatcom, Samish
Bellingham Herald
As new owners Ken and Trish Larson watch, Scott Gilles, right, loads their boat on to a trailer at Bloedel Donovan Park after a tour around Lake Whatcom on Thursday March 8, 2012 in Bellingham. City official are beginning a mandatory inspection program .

 Boating nonprofit celebrates centennial
Brunswick News
The U.S. Power Squadron, an international nonprofit organization with more than 400 units dedicated to safe boating, is marking its 100th anniversary with a year-long observance. That includes the Golden Isles Power Squadron. The Glynn County-based ...

RNLI Lifejacket Check at Dun Laoghaire - Afloat
Leisure boat users are being encouraged to have their life-jackets checked in Dun Laoghaire this weekend when a team of RNLI Sea Safety volunteers hold a free life-jacket clinic in preparation for the main boating season. In a 2010 test from 91 jackets .

 Scouts learn first aid and paddling skills
Shoreline Beacon
Friday, April 26, 2013 1:49:24 EDT PM. Pictured are the Scouts practicing what to do when a canoe has flipped over. They are working as a team to empty the flipped canoe of water by using the other canoe, then getting back into the restored canoe safely.

 Judge: Hudson River Rafting Co. broke the law
The Saratogian
Judge Richard Giardino also upheld state claims that the Hudson River Rafting Co. of North Creek broke the law by shuttling customers to the river with unlicensed drivers. He had ordered the company in October to temporarily halt guided whitewater ...

Pasco sheriff's office plans boat-safety checks
Northwest News and Tribune
Although a boater's license is not required in Florida to operate a boat, Tobin recommends taking a boating course through the Coast Guard to learn about safety, boating laws and basic etiquette. Boat insurance such as Sea Tow, Tobin said, is also ..

Boating Fatalities and Missing:

Search to resume Friday for body of missing boater
BARNET, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police say a search for the body of a boater presumed drowned in the Passumpsic River in Barnet is over for the day. Police and rescue crews plan to resume the search for 22-year-old Zachary Florio of Passumpsic on ...

 Body of missing Pa. boater found in Susquehanna -
Authorities in central Pennsylvania say they have recovered the body of missing boater in the Susquehanna River. The Lancaster County coroner says 57-year-old Jose Suarez-Lopez was found Thursday in the water near Conestoga Township. The Reading ...

 Encino Man Arrested In Boating Death Of 16-Year-Old Boy
CBS Local
CASTAIC ( — A Encino man has been arrested for vessel manslaughter in the boating death of a 16-year-old boy last summer. Nshan Sogomonyan. 29, was arrested Tuesday. Sogomonyan was driving a boat on Pyramid Lake on July 1, 2012 ...

 Body in Lake Erie likely missing girl kayaking with her dad
Plain Dealer
Ruth Brown, center, is comforted by friends near the Sandusky Bay where the Coast Guard searched for her daughter Viola Francis, 12, and Viola's father, Jonathan Francis, who were reported missing earlier this month. Authorities say they have found ...

 UPDATE: Boat of missing Egg Harbor Twp. tow boat operator found
Shore News Today
Sea Tow took over the boat recovery efforts after the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for the Egg Harbor Township resident. McAullife went missing after the Coast Guard received a distress alert Tuesday, April 23 from an emergency ...

Boating Accidents and Rescues:
Royal Navy officer's yacht collided with oil tanker after straying into ...
Roland Wilson, a former Royal Navy lieutenant, was accused of negligence yesterday. Mr Wilson and his seven-man crew were on the penultimate leg of the race on the first day of the regatta, when their yacht crashed into the side of the 120,000 ton .

 Family rescued after boat runs aground in Loch Ness
Inverness Courier
The Loch Ness RNLI crew escort the yacht to Dochgarroch. Three family members were rescued by the Loch Ness lifeboat crew when their home-built yacht ran aground in one of the few shallow areas on the famously deep loch. The 36ft yacht - which was on ...

 Man Rescued from Des Plaines River after Kayak Capsizes
Des Plaines firefighters rescued a man from the Des Plaines River after the kayak he was paddling capsized on Friday, according to a report from Fire Chief Alan Wax. A witness reported the man in the river shortly after 11 a.m. on April 19, Wax stated ...

Coast Guard: Spark from cleaning caused Ala. explosion - USA Today
The cause of the explosions remained under investigation, but investigators believe it was likely from a spark caused by a crew cleaning the barges, Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen said. Firefighters from Mobile and Coast Guard officials responded to the ...

Firefighters battle boat fire next to West Palm Beach home -
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue crews are battled a boat fire next to a home at 921 Alamanda Road in West Palm Beach. The home is located just east of 95, near Parker Road and Southern Boulevard. A 24-foot boat caught on fire at approximately 11:50 a.m. ..

 Boating accident victims recovering, and no, it's not 'our' Jesse Smith
Boca Beacon
So far, everyone injured in the boating accident in Bull Bay that occurred on April 12 are doing well. Andrew Haines of Pheonix, Ariz., who was airlifted from a local marina after being involved in the accident, has been discharged from Lee Memorial ...

 Barrow lifeboat crew assists stranded yacht
NW Evening Mail
John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “The yacht was at the mercy of the tide with no engine power, and as there was no wind he was unable to sail. The crew, all volunteers, made an excellent response launching within ten minutes and thanks to

 Helpless family watches as fire destroys their yacht
Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
AN EMU Park family of four had to sit on the beach and watch helplessly as fire destroyed their yacht. The 9-metre, steel-hulled yacht Domino was anchored at Considine Beach, North Keppel Island, as the parents and their two sons were enjoying a day at ...

 3 teens take unplanned swim when canoe overturns
BOURNE – Three teenagers took an unintended dip Friday evening when their canoe overturned in Flax Pond. The vessel flipped about 100 feet from the shore just before 5 p.m., said Bourne Deputy Fire Chief Skip Kingsbury.

Coast Guard rescues woman stuck in mud near Anclote River - Bay News 9
Bay News 9
A 49-year-old woman was rescued by the Coast Guard after she became stuck in some mud near the Anclote River. According to reports, the woman called 911 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to report that she had grounded her boat near the mouth of the river.

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