Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

National Safe Boating Week:

Outdoors notebook: Boaters celebrate 'safe' week
Buffalo News
The majority of boating accidents occur between May and September; public and private organizations now ramp up efforts to increase boater awareness of state safety guidelines as boating season and the National Safe Boating Week begins. Along with life .

Boat safety checks May 18
Lincoln City News Guard
DEPOE BAY - In recognition May 18 to May 24 as National Safe Boating Week and to encourage safe boating, Flotilla 53 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering courtesy vessel checks of boats, paddlecraft and personal water craft Saturday May ...

Vessel Safety Check Event
Cape May County Herald (press release)
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is charted by Congress to promote safe Recreational Boating. One of the Auxiliary programs that is available to the public is the Vessel Safety Examination (VSE). The Vessel Safety Examination (VSE) program provides an ..

Channel Islands Harbor hosts safe boating expo
Malaysia Sun
Channel Islands Harbor hosts safe boating expo. Ventura County Star Sunday 12th May, 2013. Local public safety agencies involved in the event include Red Cross, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, Oxnard Fire Department, Oxnard Police Department and the ...

 Boat being towed through Wyoming found with zebra mussels; Boat was ...
County 10
“We recommend boaters drain all water from boats including the motor, bilge, live well, and ballast areas every time after boating.” Boaters are encouraged to follow the Drain, Clean and Dry protocol each and every time they launch, even if only

 As National Safe Boating Week Approaches, Boaters are Reminded to Take an ... (press release)
Oregon's lakes, rivers and bays are the perfect getaway for Oregon boaters. Before taking the plunge, though, Oregon boaters are reminded that anyone who operates a powerboat is required to carry a boater education card. In 2011, boating accidents in ...

 2013 Safe Boating Week is Slated for May 18-24
Idaho State Journal
Make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved,” said Juelie Traska, the IDPR boating education coordinator in a news release. “Nationally, over 700 people drown each year from recreational boating accidents, making it imperative for you to wear your life jacket ..

 Huntington holds first safe boating week
News 12 Connecticut
Officials say there is a new push to help keep families safe on the water this summer. Huntington will begin its first safe boating week starting today. Last July 4th, three children were killed in a boating accident in the Long Island Sound. The goal ..

Boating season kicks off with an emphasis on safety
Toledo Blade
If the unexpected happens out on the water, something as simple as a life jacket becomes the most valuable companion a boater can have. The bottom line for National Safe Boating Week, which starts on Saturday with a variety of events around Ohio and  

Officials urge boaters to wear life jackets as part of Safe Boating Week
The Hour
Flotilla Commander Robert Talley of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary, Mike Brown, commander of the Norwalk Sail and Power Squadron, Jim Dobbs, secretary of the Squadron, Fred Zinsser, past commander, and Jack Cohen, vessel safety check officer, listen ...

 May is water safety month - Rapid City Journal
Rapid City Journal
“Our lakes and rivers are popular destinations for boaters,” said Brandon Gust, boating law administrator for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. “That can lead to times when our waters may see heavy boat traffic. Whether crowded or not ...

Boating Safety Education Classes:

Salem Water Patrol to host boater's safety course
West of the I
A boater's safety course sponsored by the Salem Water Patrol and the state Department of Natural Resources will be held June 8 and 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Salem Fire/Rescue-Trevor Station. This class wil teach you the basics of boating

Boating Safety Classes to be Held in Northern Michigan
MI News 26
If you are 12 or over and are looking to earn your Michigan Boating Safety Certificate for free, you will have two opportunities during the month of June to do just that. The first class will be held on June 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlevoix ...

 Canoe class
Xenia Gazette
Classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Spring Lakes Park, 2191 Ferry Road, with a canoe float scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Narrows Reserve, 2575 Indian Ripple Road. Canoes, paddles and personal floatation ..

Free Boater education course June 16 in Montesano
Newstalk 1450 KBKW
Montesano, WA - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a free boater education course open to all Washington boaters, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Montesano Fire ...

Click here - Midland Daily News
Midland Daily News
Those taking the course must be at least 12 years old or be 12 years old during this boating season, as the boater safety certificate issued on successful completion of the class is not valid until the student's 12th birthday. Copyright 2013 Midland 

 Safe boating course May 18 in Fort Mill
Lake Wylie Pilot
LAKE WYLIE Catawba Sail &Power Squadron will hold a safe boating course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Driving 911 classroom, 2000 Hwy. 160, Fort Mill. America's Boating Course includes safe boating techniques, knots, useful hints, “rules ...

 National Safe Boating Week Is a Great Time to Take a Texas Boating Safety ... (press release)
Increasing boater awareness of safety guidelines is an important goal of the upcoming 2013 National Safe Boating Week. A 21 percent increase in Texas boating accidents from 2010 to 2011 underscores the need for easier access to Texas boating safety ...

 Boater education class offered in Quincy
The Wenatchee World Online
A three-day boater education course will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 3, 4, and 5 at Quincy Junior High School, 417 C. St. N.E.. Offering the course is the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Quincy School District. Attendance on all ...

Boater safety course available June 10 and 12
A free Boater Safety Course will be held next month to provide attendees the necessary instruction to receive a New York State Boating Safety Certificate. Attendees must attend both four-hour classes to complete the required eight hours of classroom ..

 Basic boating course offered in Pines
Delmarva Now
This course meets the requirements of the Maryland Boating Safety Education Act that requires that anyone born after July 1, 1972 must possess a Maryland Basic Boating Safety Certificate to operate a boat in the state of Maryland. In order to receive ...

 Boating safety class offered 4 times
Pueblo Chieftain
Pre-register by calling 303-791-1954 or by sending an e-mail to Include your name, address, contact phone number, date of birth, mailing address, number of manuals needed and the location and date of the course you are .

 City of Mentor schedules state boating classes
The city of Mentor is offering an eight-hour Ohio Boating Education Course from 6 to 10 p.m. today and Wednesday. Call the recreation office at 440-974-5720 to register or register online at Cost is $16 for residents and $21 for ...

 Boaters Reminded That an Official Wisconsin Boating Safety Course is Required ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
Badger State boaters born in or after 1989 are reminded they must complete an official Wisconsin boating safety course to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft. The need for safety training is underscored by the 22 percent increase in ..

Boating Safety News:

Should Life Jackets Be Mandatory for All Age Boaters?
Boaters from across the United States will gather on this same day to inflate their own inflatable life jacket or to wear an inherently buoyant life jacket, helping to heighten awareness of different life jacket types and boating safety issues and go ...

Family fun for Free- at the Launch Ramp
Some of my favorite boat launch mishaps occurred down in Miami, the Stupid Boaters Capital of the world. On one occasion, a boater attached a lifting hook to each of the fittings on the transom and another to the eye on top of the bow intended only for ...

Boating: Watch for water in tank with ethanol
The News-Press
Boats love water, but boat engines do not. Gasoline with ethanol in the boat's gas tank actually absorbs moisture, which increases the risk of water contamination in the gas tank. Automobiles have a closed fuel system and usually the gas in the tank is ..

Santa Clara County Advises Safe Boating Practices
Editor's Note: The following press release was contributed by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. It's been edited for brevity and clarity. With the official opening of the summer boating season scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend ...

 BOATING SAFETY: Victim's Brother Walks Iowa
An eastern Iowan who lost his brother in a boating accident is walking across the state to create awareness. Zach Boyd took off from Plattsmouth, NE Sunday morning. He plans to wear a life jacket as he walks 265 miles to Burlington. That's where his ...

Debris makes boating hazardous after flooding; boaters cautioned
Behind last night's cold front, a very cold air mass is settling into the Carolinas today. That front brought overnight storms to many, but it's the air moving in behind it that will be the big talkerMore >>. Behind last night's cold front, a very cold ..

Practice Safe Boating
With the May long weekend fast approaching, boaters are preparing to hit the water for the first time this season. Authorities say its a particularly dangerous weekend since alcohol is often involved in the holiday activities. Every year there are 100 ...

New Boating Laws Go Into Effect this Month
Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are scheduled to speak May 14 and 15 at several marinas to remind boaters that a law passed during the recent ...

 Innu Nation chief's death prompts criticism of SAR efforts
Riche died either Wednesday or Thursday after his canoe overturned while on a hunting trip in the Park Lake area, about 80 kilometres southeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Major James Simiana, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Air Force, said three ...

Enforcement is key to new jet ski rules
The National
Dubai police said two of the boy's friends, on a jet ski, were dragging the victim and another boy on a raft. A fifth youngster, on another jet ski, was close behind, doing tricks. When a wave knocked Abdullah into the water his head was struck by the  

Coast Guard seeks public's help to end hoax distress calls
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help in finding the person who made four fake distress calls. The latest one resulted in a five-and-a-half hour search on Friday, May 10. Chief Petty Officer Brenda Doris said when a call ...

 Boating deaths hit record low in 2012
Injuries dropped to 3,000 reported cases in 2012. The Coast Guard said the decrease is likely due to increased boater safety education. “We're very pleased that casualties are lower, and thank our partners for their hard work over the past year,” said 

California ranks second in boating accidents, fatalities
Sacramento Bee (blog)
However, California was second in accidents (365), in fatalities (49) and in injuries (249). The state has been trending downward in boating accidents, the report's five-year spreadsheet also showed, but the number of fatalities has remained fairly ...

 Coast Guard releases 2012 recreational boating statistics
THV 11
From 2011 to 2012, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased from 758 to 651, a 14.1 percent decrease; injuries decreased from 3,081 to 3,000, a 2.6 percent reduction; and the total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,588 to 4 ...

Highway Patrol plans DWI checkpoints near boating areas
Durham Herald Sun
Troopers will set up DWI checkpoints with a focus on boating areas near Jordan and Falls lakes, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the patrol's public information officer. That will include the Farrington Point boat access area on Farrington Point Road .

Volunteers needed to evaluate grants
Forks Forum
One volunteer from eastern Washington, who can represent motorized, recreational boating, and one volunteer who works for a local government are needed to evaluate grant proposals in the Boating Facilities Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant

 Aiming to promote the use of life jackets
Otago Daily Times
Promoting the importance of wearing life jackets when boating is one of a raft of agreements signed by Maritime New Zealand and national boating authorities from Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. International Lifejacket Wear Principles .

 Boaters Should Keep Safety In Mind This Season -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD
With boating season around the corner the Iowa Department of Resources would like to remind boaters to be safe out on the water. Doreen Youngberg lives on her boat on the weekends. “It's a lifestyle,” says Youngberg. However, out on the open anything .

'Ready, Set, Wear It!' life jacket safety event
Vinton Courier
“Life jackets save lives,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Keeping people safe on the water is the reason we encourage everyone to participate in the 'Ready, Set, Wear It!' safety awareness events.”According to the Recreational Boating Statistics .

 Sheriff: Boaters be prepared, fill out a US Coast Guard float plan
KATC Lafayette News
Boaters should be prepared for any type of emergency that may arise while on the water. The Sheriff's Office will only respond to emergency calls where human life is in danger. Therefore, boaters should make preparations before heading out on the water .

 City updates Kirkland's watercraft code
Kirkland Reporter
In June 2012, the city enacted an amendment to the existing public disturbance ordinance that allowed for the regulation of watercraft noise (Kirkland Municipal Code 11.84A.070). The law prohibits noise such as frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds ..

 Boating Week kicks off on Saturday
St. Augustine Record
David Patrick, commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7, has announced that St. Augustine's observance this year of National Safe Boating Week from May 18 to 24 will commence with a multi-agency kickoff event to be held at the Vilano Boat Ramp .

Safe Boating Week Debuts Saturday in Suffolk
Long Island Press
The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution last week declaring May 18-24 Safe Boating Week as a part of a national program to promote boating safety, encourage boaters to take boating safety courses and raise awareness of the ...

 Experts Push Boating Safety After Fisherman's Death -
They say boaters need to be sure to have the appropriate lights shining at all times and make sure you're familiar with the body of water. "Slow down at night. Slow down. You never know what you're going to run into, keeping a proper lookout is the ..

Minister Lebel to make a boating safety announcement
Wall Street Journal (press release)
MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, will make ..

Lifejackets: issues still need thought
Boating Business
So, is there going to be a perfect answer for a boater? Rarely, say Mr Mill. “We spend a lot of time at the boat shows, explaining that you simply can't get a one-size-fits-all solution. There will always be times when this or that lifejacket would be ..

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Body of missing boater found in Arkansas River
San Francisco Chronicle
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the body of a missing boater has been recovered in the Arkansas River. Officials say 43-year-old Mark Russell's body was found Sunday afternoon and was identified by a family member.

Missing French yachtsman search off Guernsey suspended
BBC News
A major air and sea search for a man who has fallen overboard from a French yacht off Guernsey's south-west coast has been suspended. He was onboard a vessel called Jouvente and is believed to have fallen overboard late on Saturday night. The search .

Slovenia: Israeli Missing After Rafting Accident
Arutz Sheva
Slovenian media reported Sunday night that an Israeli tourist is missing after being swept by rapids while rafting. According to reports, the accident occurred in the Soca river, near the town of Bovec. The rafting boat, which carried several tourists .

 Body of Israeli involved in Slovenia rafting accident found
Jerusalem Post
Slovenian authorities on Monday located the body of Israeli tourist Avi Cohen, who drifted away during a rafting trip Sunday after his boat collided with a rock and capsized. Cohen, 48, from Hadera, was in the boat with three other Israelis and a guide ...

Boat capsizes in Corsicana; two men dead, four children survive
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Update at 7:20 p.m.: The Corsicana Daily Sun reports the two men were from the Dallas area, according to Navarro County Justice of the Peace Connie Hickman. Original post: Two men died after a 14-foot-long aluminum boat they were on capsized during a ...

 Commercial fishing boats capsizes in NY, 1 dead
San Francisco Chronicle
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — One of two men aboard a commercial fishing vessel was found dead after the boat capsized Sunday off the coast of Long Island, authorities said. The body of Stian Stiansen, 85, was recovered on a beach about an hour after the ...

  2 adults drown, 1 child hurt, as boat capsizes
She says they drowned while apparently searching for the 2-year-old who was among four children thrown into the water early Saturday evening when their boat turned over. Three survived without injury. The injured child was flown to a hospital in Dallas ...

 New Picture Released Of Kayaker Lost At Sea
Bahamas Tribune
SEARCHERS, accompanied by divers and sniffer dogs, last night ended the seventh day of a fruitless search for a retired lawyer who disappeared May 5 on a kayaking trip to a nearby cay. “We have combed the bed of the sea floor, scoured the trails and ..

Boating Accidents And Rescues:

 Boater rescued in Flaming Geyser State Park
Near Auburn — A boater is cold and wet but otherwise okay, after his boat flipped on the Green River in Flaming Geyser State Park Saturday night. The man told us he was going down the river in his boat when it suddenly overturned. His leg became ...

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Crew of 42-foot yacht rescued
Bournemouth Echo
THE crew of a 42-foot yacht was rescued from their stricken vessel after losing power and steering. The four-man crew of the yacht dropped their anchor and three lifeboats were called out after there was confusion about their location on a trip from  

 Dismasted Yacht Brought Back to Crosshaven Berth - Afloat
Crosshaven inshore lifeboat launched at 1.25pm today to reports of a 37' dismasted yacht off Roberts Head on the Cork harbour coastline. The crew of Alan Venner, James Fagen and Vince Fleming made best speed to the yacht about 5 miles from the station.

Two kayakers rescued safely from Des Moines River
Boone County Search and Rescue and the Boone Fire Department were sent to the bridge after receiving a call at 2:31 from a group of kayakers reporting that two of their party had separated from the group, said Deputy Brian Pontius. Moments later

Sheriff's deputies rescue woman stranded on Colorado River
Southwest Riverside News Network
A woman ran her personal water craft aground on the Colorado River near Blythe, and was stranded for several hours in the dark, but found and rescued today, a sergeant said. akfoto/Flickr. Sheriff's deputies received a call about the missing boater 

 Coast Guard Rescues 4 After Boat Capsizes in Indian River Bay
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Four people were pulled from the water after a boating accident Sunday afternoon in Sussex County. Coast Guard officials said they got the call at 3:20 p.m. for an overturned vessel in the Indian River Bay. Four people were on ...

 Poole lifeboats assist in yacht rescue off Isle of Wight
ITV News
RNLI crews were called in by the Portland Coastguard at about 8am on Saturday 11th May. The conditions were moderate to rough with winds south westerly 5 - 6. The Poole inshore and all-weather lifeboats were both called to the scene. Volunteers were .

 Three rescued
Sandusky Register
Members of the Coast Guard rescued three people Saturday afternoon on the Lake Erie waters north of Vermilion. They found a 19-foot recreational boat carrying three people that was taking on water, according to the Ninth Coast Guard District. The Coast ..

 At least 4 injured in Pensacola Beach boat crash
Several people are recovering after a boat crashed into the Bob Sikes Bridge. The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Intercoastal Waterway between Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze. Four people, including two children, were taken ...

Maryland delegate Dwyer will plead guilty to drunken boating charge, lawyer says
Washington Post
Donald H. Dwyer Jr. said Monday that his client has secured a plea deal with prosecutors that will not result in jail time for a drunken boating charge. Under the deal, which must be approved by a district court judge, Dwyer will plead guilty Tuesday 

Md. delegate sentenced to 30 days in jail for drunken boating charge, plans appeal
Washington Post
Maryland Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. was given a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday for a drunken boating charge related to a collision in August that left seven people injured, including a 5-year-old girl who suffered skull fractures. It could be several 

 4 rescued after Indian River Bay boating accident
San Francisco Chronicle
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says four people were pulled from the water after a boating accident in Sussex County. Officials say they got the call Sunday afternoon for an overturned vessel in the Indian River Bay with four people ...

 A yacht with a broken mast is helped by Crosshaven lifeboat
No statistics available yet. Report. Published on May 13, 2013. Te crew of a 37 foot yacht with a broken mast were pleased to see Crosshaven lifeboat, which had launched to help the stricken boat on Sunday 12 May. Read more here: ...

 Seasick yacht crew rescued after steering failure
Practical Boat Owner Magazine
A yacht with four people on board called for coastguard help when they suffered engine and steering failure near the Isle of Wight. Poole RNLI lifeboats were launched in rough conditions just before 8am, Saturday May 11 to attend the 42ft yacht, which ..

 Couple in canoe rescued from Muscamoot Bay
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
A man and woman paddling in a small canoe were rescued in Lake St. Clair on Sunday morning when they ran into trouble due to strong winds in Big Muscamoot Bay. The couple, of Chinese descent who could barely speak English, was rushed to McLaren ...

 Woman on Personal Watercraft Lost & Stranded Overnight, Found
Desert Independent
BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, May 11 at 9:36 p.m., Colorado River Station Sheriff's units were dispatched to a missing persons call at McIntyre River Camp Park located at Intake Blvd and 26th Ave. The husband advised his wife had been missing since 6:00 ...

Men flee Gold Coast boat blaze
The Australian
Two men on board escaped the boat in a dinghy before activating an emergency beacon and flares. The vessel was fully engulfed by fire when water police arrived. Officers helped the two men back to shore, where a 63-year-old man was taken to Gold Coast .

 Lifeboat rescues two yachts in an afternoon
Irish Independent
Direct communication with the stricken yacht could not be established, however, another yacht had spotted the vessel in distress and was able to relay GPS co-ordinates to Dublin Coast Guard, allowing the Skerries RNLI crew to proceed directly to them.

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