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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

National Safe Boating Week May 18-24

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 18-24
KATC Lafayette News
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week. Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their

Safe Boating Awareness Week Gets Underway - The Meaford Independent
The Meaford Independent
When it comes to public safety, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects no less of boaters and paddlers navigating Ontario waterways than they do of motorists travelling on Ontario roads. With Safe Boating Awareness Week getting underway next week ...

Rules of the waterway: TAKE A BOATING COURSE
Valley morning Star
Upon looking through the United States Boating Institute information, I came across several organizations that offer safety boating classes. The first is The United States Power Squadron. Take this public boating course to learn the basics of safer and ...

 National Safe Boating Week May 18th-24th
Clarksville Online
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRA Nashville, TN – National Safe Boating Week is May 18th-24th and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the 2013 summer boating season begins.

Door County To Celebrate Safe Boating Week
A sunny day on the water can turn deadly in seconds. Wisconsin ranks No. 7 in the nation for boating fatalities, with boating mishaps causing 23 deaths in the state in 2012 alone. The National Safe Boating Council is hoping to increase life jacket ...

Life jacket loaner program to start at Mountain Island Lake
Charlotte Observer
To kick off Boating Safety Week, officials on May 16 will unveil the new loan kiosks installed at the Riverbend Access Area of Mountain Island Lake. Boaters and swimmers at the lake can borrow life jackets from the kiosks, which will operate under the ...

 Outdoors digest | Catch of the week
Kansas City Star
In conjuction with National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free vessel safety checks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 at the Little Platte boat ramp at Smithville Lake. The checks will provide boaters with problems that might ...

 Winthrop Safe Boating Day to Be Held on May 19
Winthrop Transcript
“Winthrop Safe Boating Day-Operation Paddle Smart” begins 2013 National Safe Boating Week on Sunday May 19th at Cottage Park Yacht Club from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Come and learn how to properly wear inflatable life vests & inherently buoyant PFD's ...

Celebrate National Safe Boating Week
Lahaina News
KAHULUI - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Team are launching National Safe Boating Week with an informative and fun event at the Kahului Boat Ramp on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Boating Safety Education Classes:

Allegan County Sheriff's Office Offering Boater's Safety Classes
Boats-Lake-Michigan ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — For those who want to learn how to operate a boat, the Allegan County Sheriff's Office is going to host boater's safety classes. Courses are free to attend, and are open to anyone 12 years of age and older, ...

Paddle school days begin
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club is ramping up for its annual paddle school May 31-June 2. Depending on the students' skill levels and desired type of instruction, classes will be held on either the Ocoee or the Hiwassee river. Water sessions will be ...

Cannon River Watershed to host kayak class
The Cannon River Watershed Partnership will host a class on learning to kayak from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Instructors are Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright. Class will be held at 5351 Elkton Trail, Faribault. Free to CRWP members.

Boating Safety News:

Md. DNR urges boaters to wear life jackets to work Friday to promote boater safety
Washington Post
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's Natural Resources Police have come up with a highly visible way of promoting boater safety. The agency has declared Friday “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day.” Officers are urging people to join them in wearing personal ...

 Boating Safety Tips - Kode
Four States Homepage
"The wind, it's kind of like riding a motorcycle in a way but you have the water around you and you can get away from people," said James Norman, Boater. Although boating can be peaceful, he also knows it can be dangerous. So, he takes precautions.

 Boating safety starts before you launch
Sumter Item
Brett Witt with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said their website,, has a boater safety checklist to check before you leave the landing as well as when you're on the water. "The checklist includes a 

 Boating alcohol limit reduced to equal driving
Savannah Morning News
The DNR will be joining other state law enforcement officials in this year's annual summer traffic enforcement campaign from Memorial Day to Labor Day, targeting motorists and boaters under the influence. There were 180 boaters cited with boating under .

NC agencies to crack down on drunken boating
Greensboro News & Record
The "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign is about to start its third year of discouraging drunken driving and boating. North Carolina Highway Patrol Maj. Patricia Pool says officers need help from the public to prevent injuries.

 Five things about boating
The News-Press
But: You must have an official form of identification on you when boating under some circumstances. If you were born after Jan. 1, 1988, you need to have a boating safety education card and a photo ID while operating a vessel with 10 horsepower or greater.

 Boating in 2013: There's an App for that! NY's Discover Better Boating series ...
Boating Industry
The Discover Better Boating in New York television series of monthly tips resumes May 18. The educational outreach is a collaboration by New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York (BIA) and YNN, Syracuse. The first ...

 Parks and Rec Tells Boaters:Wear Your Life Jacket - Times-News
Twin Falls Times-News
Make sure they are USCG approved,” said Juelie Traska, Parks and Recreation's boating education coordinator, in a press release. “Nationally, over 700 people drown each year from recreational boating accidents, making it imperative for you to wear your ...

Iowa DNR is taking a closer look at the drinking while boating statistics
Statistics from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources show that with one exception, the Iowa Great Lakes has ranked consistently among the top five regions in the state for arrests for boating while intoxicated, or BWI, since 2008. According to the ...

 Boating Safety
The start of the long Memorial Day weekend is now just over a week away. So the "unofficial" start of the local boating season is almost here. It means a lot of safety checks for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. We went along today on a patrol .

 Free Boat Inspections at Barnegat, Ship Bottom May 25
The SandPaper
Boaters who meet the safety requirements are issued an official auxiliary decal, while those who fail the inspection receive a written report outlining any deficiencies and how to schedule a follow-up safety check. No reports are issued to law ...

 Bremerton Sail & Power Squadron installs new officers
Bremerton Patriot
District Commander Sherrick addressed attendees challenging them to explore new waters not only by visiting new ports, but extending boating knowledge and public service within USPS. Next D/Cdr. Sherrick installed Cdr. Jean Marie Muenzenberger, ...

 Federal government renews funding for boat safety projects
Canadian Underwriter
Under Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP), the government has set aside roughly $1.8 million over the next three years for 11 boating safety awareness projects. The program aims to improve the availability of national boating ...

 BoatUS awards grant to Annapolis non-profit - Trade Only Today
Trade Only Today
The annual grant program is designed to help non-profit groups, associations, organizations and other waterway users help spread the message about safe and clean boating practices at the grassroots level. Annapolis Green, whose mission is to promote ...

Kayaker credits lifejacket for saving his life
Sail World
Kogarah Bay warehouse assistant Fhelipe Davoodifar, 26, who owns the kayak which was swamped on his return trip offshore from Nelson Bay with a friend, said he always wore a lifejacket when boating. 'I usually kayak in Sydney Harbour but I've been ...

On The Bay: May 17, 2013 -
Port Washington News
The beginning of an active boating season on Manhasset Bay and LI Sound is just weeks away. Before the season begins, it might be a good idea to think about boat safety. Whether you are a skipper or crew, racing or out for a nice leisurely afternoon ..

 Legislation introduced to change blood alcohol limit for boaters
LANSING (WKZO) -- A State House committee has approved legislation that would change the laws regarding drinking and boating. State Representative Matt Lori says he's been working on this for years. The plan would make the legal limit .08 for boats, ...

Anchoring canoes or kayaks in fast water
Landlocked salmon and brook trout were taking streamers and wet flies almost as fast as I could cast to them. Dark clouds in the west thickened and rumbles of thunder rolled up the river. Time to pull anchor and get the canoe pointed toward shore. With ...

 Coast Guard's Operation Paddle Smart program
As more people get ready to head out onto the water, the Coast Guard wants to make sure boaters are prepared in case of an emergency. They're asking you to mark your watercraft. WMTW News 8's Thema Ponton has the details on their Operation Paddle .

Politicians call for recreational boat regulation
ABC Online
Two Northern Territory politicians have told Parliament they would like to see changes to recreational boating safety and regulations. These would include blood alcohol restrictions for skippers and a boat identification system. Daly MLA Gary Higgins ...

Drunken boat drivers: How would you like $5000 fine or year in jail?
The bill strengthens Washington's boating under the influence (BUI) law by making the penalty for BUI a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and 364 days in jail. Additionally, the law now allows for implied consent, which means an .

  Lake association warning against boat wakes before holiday weeke - ...
If you're headed to the lake anytime soon...beware. Where you take your boat and how you drive it could mean the difference between life and death. A new campaign encourages drivers to watch their wake.More >>. If you're headed to the lake anytime ...

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Police recover missing boater's body at reservoir
Police are searching the reservoir at Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton for a missing boater. / Courtesy Alice Oldford. More. UNION (HUNTERDON) — David Swanson's wife expected to find back from a fishing trip when she returned to the couple's ...

Body recovered after crash on eastern Maine lake
GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine (AP) — Game wardens have recovered the body of a missing boater from an eastern Maine lake after a crash. The Maine Warden Service says the body of 65-year-old Vincent J. Bartolomeo was recovered from West Grand ...

 NEW INFO in Deadly Boating Accident Investigation - Knwa
The investigation continues into a boating accident that killed two University of Arkansas students this week. It happened Tuesday evening on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. CLICK HERE to see our initial report on the accident. Now the Grand River Dam ..

Local man one of victims in Oklahoma boating accident - Texarkana Gazette
Texarkana Gazette
A Texarkana, Ark., man died in a boating accident after a boat crashed into a docked and unoccupied houseboat on a northeast Oklahoma lake. Passengers William “Trey” Lewis Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Ark., and Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove,

 Editorial: Boating tragedies tell tale
The Bay of Plenty Times
Inquests for three men killed in boating tragedies were heard by coroner Dr Wallace Bain in Tauranga this week. The inquests were held for Moses Vahai, who drowned in 2011 during a fishing expedition with his teenage son; Shaun Hogarth, 23, who died ...

 Camden fisherman drowns in Ouachita River
Norwood tells the Camden News ( ) that the men were having mechanical problems with their boat, and Bates fell in the water as the watercraft was being towed. Camden police say Bates did not know how to swim and was not wearing a ...

2 boaters missing near Monroe
Toledo Blade
MONROE – The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed today that two bodies recovered at Estral Beach in Monroe County near the Canadian border are missing boaters. Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone said the bodies were found about 11 a.m.. The U.S. Coast ..

 Cornwall speedboat accident report says 'kill cord' not attached to driver
The Guardian
The report said it was still not clear why the family was thrown from the boat. It continued: "The RHIB was fitted with a kill cord, but this was not attached to the driver at the time of the accident. Consequently, when the driver was ejected from the ...

Boating Accidents and Rescues:

  Firefighters rescued two men from sinking vessel
Sarnia Observer
Two 20-something-year-old men were taken to hospital as a precaution after their small sailboat capsized in Lake Huron Wednesday evening. Point Edward and Sarnia fire departments responded around 7:30 p.m., said Doug MacKenzie, chief with Point ...

 Boaters, Including Two Children, Plucked from Water
The capsized sailboat was about eight feet long, he said. “It just got away from them,” he said, adding that the boaters had been in shallow water and were heading in when the boat capsized. Souza said he wasn't sure where the boat launched from..

 Providence firefighters on marine training run rescue canoeists - The Republic
The Republic
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Two canoeists have been rescued from the Providence River by firefighters on a marine training run. The Providence Journal reports ( ) the two men in their 30s were headed from Warwick to East ..

 Ferry rescues stricken yacht
Isle of Wight County Press
A NEW Isle of Wight ferry was involved in the rescue of a yacht this morning (Thursday). The Island Harbour Ferries service came across the stricken 45ft Pindar yacht during an 8.30am crossing between Cowes and the Hamble River. The yacht had run ...

 Wyoming reservoir search and rescue leads to arrests - The Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette
About 7:45 p.m., the Natrona County Sheriff's Office was alerted about the watercraft floating upside down on the east side of Goose Island in the Alcova Reservoir, according to scanner reports. The marina owner pulled the machine out of the water 

Coast Guard assists 3 after boat runs aground in southern Door
Green Bay Press Gazette
The Coast Guard issued a marine assistance radio broadcast, soliciting help from nearby boaters but none responded. A rescue crew piloted by Petty Officer 3rd class Ted Connelly took a 25-foot response boat from the Coast Guard Station in Sturgeon Bay.

 Coast Guard rescues sailor 195 miles off Cape Cod
Cape Cod Today
The Coast Guard rescued a sailor from his disabled vessel approximately 195 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass. May 16, 2013. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., MH-60 Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the man and transported him to Air Station ...

 Three people rescued off North Queensland coast after boat broke down 40 ...
Herald Sun
THREE people have been rescued after their boat broke down 40 nautical miles off the North Queensland coast overnight. The Mackay locals activated their distress beacon early last night, prompting an air and sea search by a bulk carrier, CQ Rescue .

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