Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

 National Safe Boating Week May 18-24

National Safe Boating Week begins today, states crack down on drunken boating
Detroit Free Press
Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. It was the main factor in 17% of the 651 deaths involving registered recreational vehicles in 2012; that was a slight uptick from 16% the year

National Safe Boating Week May 18th – 24th
Southern Maryland News Net
BOCC May 7 2013 008 The North American Safe Boating Campaign is spreading the message of safe and responsible boating this season. Calvert County is home to a wide variety of pleasure boats and at times our waterways are very crowded. They can ...

"Boating Safety Week"
WWLP 22News
AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - The Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and as many people get ready to kick off summer. The National Safe Boating Council is launching its week long campaign for safe boating. In 2011, 758 in the United States ...

Workshops & Programs: May 18 - The Journal Times
Journal Times
STURTEVANT — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an eight-hour course, “About Boating Safely,” from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 1 and 8 at the DNR Service Center, 9531 Rayne Road, Suite 4. This highly-interactive boating safety course includes ...

 National Safe Boating Council and Sperry Top-Sider® Partner to Promote ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
The National Safe Boating Council, the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating, is again partnering with Sperry Top-Sider, the leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand famous for inventing the world's first ...

Boaters take safety tips at Coast Guard event
Live 5 News
Thousands of boaters visit Lowcountry waterways each summer, and Coast Guard Charleston Response Chief Brian LeFebvre wants each one to stay safe. Chief LeFebvre and various maritime responders hosted a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event .

Tips for National Safe Boating Week
Baltimore Sun
As Maryland takes part in National Safe Boating Week (May 18-25), Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert has a number of suggestions and warnings for those planning to be on the state's waterways this spring and summer. •Wear your life ...

FWC urges boating safety
The News Herald
Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off summer activities, is right around the corner, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants all boaters to remember to boat safely. “Florida is a great place to enjoy boating year-round ...

 Boating Week brings attention to safety
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in the fatal boating accidents accounting for 16 percent (125) of the total fatalities. Operating a boat in hazardous waters contributed to 88 fatalities, operator inattention 58, weather 54 and operator .

Mike Bleech: Safe Boating Week is about good sense
However, in many cases people are not required to wear a life jacket. This means that the only time life jackets are of any practical use is in the case of a slowly occurring boating accident -- one in which each person has time to retrieve, put on ..

 6 boating safety tips for guests
During National Safe Boating Week, the BoatUS Foundation is urging boaters to take a friend boating, sailing or fishing. To assure everyone's safety, the foundation is recommends boaters give their guests a short pre-departure talk about important ...

 Safe boating week begins
Danville Commercial News
DANVILLE — May 18-24 is National Safe Boating Week and this always comes up just ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend, which is the unofficial beginning of summer on many bodies of water. Having spent all my life around water, I know that things can ..

Boating Safety News:

Saturday's Top 10: Boating Safety Tips
Their goal is to improve boater behavior through education, awareness, and training to make recreational boating a safe and enjoyable experience by reducing boating accidents. This year they are launching their "Wear It!" campaign. It encourages  

States cracking down on drunken boating - USA Today
Georgia on Wednesday lowered its blood-alcohol content limit for boaters from .10 to .08, the same threshold for drivers; it also enacted harsher penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated. "We believe getting a drunk boater off the ...

 Tougher Washington law against drunken boating
In this June 10, 1999 file photo, a boater is tested for intoxication by then Sheriff Deputy Greg Elwin during a boat safety inspection on Black Lake near Olympia (The Olympian file). (JANET JENSEN). Boaters in Washington who operate under the ..

 Watch out on the water, OPP warns Victoria Day boaters - Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen
The keys to keeping out of harm's way on the open waters include wearing a life-jacket, being prepared and not drinking while boating, according to the Canadian Safe Boating Council. The OPP is reminding people that drinking and boating is against the ...

 Caution advised at start of boating season
Wicked Local
With temperatures rising, local boat owners are starting to come out of hibernation. And just in time for National Safe Boating Week, which kicks off this weekend. The week-long campaign aims to raise awareness about the best safety practices for boaters.

 Life-jacket effort aims to promote boating safety
Seven auxiliary members in Tampa inflated the devices; thousands more across the nation and the world were expected to organize similar events to raise awareness of boating safety, Teahan said. The auxiliary had another 11 people participate by wearing ...

 Boating safety tips
Last year, officers made 95 arrests for boating while intoxicated in Iowa. Even more people violated other rules of the water by driving too quickly or by not having enough life jackets onboard. That's never a problem for the McManns. "So I can stay

Five Things You Should Know About: Boating at Thousand Hills
Kirksville Daily Express and Daily News
Following recommendations by Kirksville's Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission, the City Council voted to amend its boating ordinance at Thousand Hills State Park. While located in a state park, the lake is owned and governed by the city with the ...

Four Simple Tips Will Save Your Life If You Go Boating This Spring!
The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) wants to take this opportunity to join with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to encourage everyone to think boating safety this spring. Ontario Conservation Officers will be patrolling ...

 EMS Week To Be Celebrated In Yankton
Yankton Daily Press
EMS personnel are giving away life jackets for the kids who attend the event, as well as having boating and water safety as well as games and prizes to be given away. The event is primarily for children ages 1-17 and will take place at 4-8 p.m ...

 WATER SAFETY: Army Corps of Engineers Warning
Organizers say on top of boating, there is also a growing number of kayakers and canoers in the state. They want to make sure whatever water sport you choose, you take the time to be safe. “Some of the things we want them to do is make sure they check ..

 Make Sure You Are Ready for Lake Season
KTUL (blog)
Your boat may have been covered up for several months during cold weather, so you'll need to check everything on it. Some boaters on Keystone Lake have already found out they aren't ready for boating season. "I came out my water line was broke. I had ...

Coast Guard reminding boaters of maritime safety
From learning how to tie knots, creating a float plan, carrying plenty of life jackets and having a designated driver, the Coast Guard is reminding people of the importance of staying safe on the water. The agency has already had 32 rescues on Lake ..

Wildlife: Boating fatalities down, life jacket use encouraged
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The Fish and Boat Commission recently published its annual review of boating fatalities in the May-June issue of Pennsylvania Angler and Boater. In 2012, 11 people died in boating accidents. That's 11 too many, but a big improvement over 2011 when ...

  Leschper: Boaters abiding by rules sail on safter waters
What are Texas' boater education requirements? Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, must pass a boater education course to operate vessels over 15 horsepower and wind-blown vessels over 14 feet. The course also must be passed to operate all ...

 BOATING SAFETY: Don't buy life jackets for kids as if they're shoes
Bellingham Herald
BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety is urging parents not to take the “you'll grow into it” approach when it comes to buying life jackets for their children. While parents hoping to save some money might buy shoes a little bigger than necessary, that ...

 Making boating safe while still having fun
It goes by many different names — life jacket, life vest, life preserver, personal floatation device or PFD. Regardless the name, its purpose is to keep you alive until help arrives when you're involved in a boating accident. But it cannot work if it 

Coast Guard Auxiliary promotes boating safety
St. Augustine Record
The local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary performs vessel checks regularly at different boat ramps and also offers public courses on boating safety. For information email member training officer and instructor William Hall at or call 

Safety week emphasizes need to wear life jackets 6 boating safety tips for guests
Bellingham Herald
That requirement includes people operating personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft. To get a card, boaters must: • Take an approved boater education course in the classroom, classroom/hands on, online or at home. • Complete and submit the ...

 Life jackets make boating safer
Charleston Gazette
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 651 people died in boating accidents in 2012. Though that's the lowest number of annual fatalities on record, it's 651 too many. Of those 651 deaths, 462 (71 percent) were by drowning. And of those 462 victims, 388 ...

Boating Fatalities:

Body of missing boater Timothy Gordon Sr. found
Mississippi Press (blog)
MOSS POINT, Mississippi -- The body of missing boater Timothy Gordon Sr. was found at about noon today, a sheriff's department spokesperson said. Multiple agencies searched until 11:30 last night for Gordon, and they began again around 7 this morning, 

Body found after boating accident on LaMoine River
San Francisco Chronicle
RIPLEY, Ill. (AP) — The body of a 20-year-old man missing since a boating accident a week ago has been recovered from the LaMoine River in western Illinois. The Journal Star in Peoria reports ( ) that Josh Hart, of Rushville, was ..

 Two drown in boating accident in Richmond County
Northern Neck News
The bodies of two men were recovered today after a tragic boating accident near Suggetts Point Road in Richmond County on Saturday, May 18. At approximately 10 a.m., officials received a call reporting an overturned vessel. “A Riverdale Road man went .

Body of Rushville man recovered from river
The State Journal-Register
Josh A. Hart, 20, had been missing since a canoe accident May 11 near Ripley and was presumed drowned, Quincy TV station KHQA reported on its website. Hart's body was found about a mile south of Ripley about 1 p.m.. The investigation is being handled ...

Teams still searching for missing kayaker
... but friends and family members are still looking for 21-year-old Joseph Kane. He was kayaking in Lake Frederick near NAS Pensacola and never returned home. He was in a bright yellow kayak with his dog. Kane, the dog, and the kayak are all still ...

Berlin Man Dies While Kayaking
At approximately 2 p.m. Saturday Keith Whitten, 58, of 33 Charron Avenue, Berlin was kayaking on the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Dummer with his wife Sharon when his kayak rolled over. When his wife realized that Whitten was not moving, she brought .

 Man Missing in Tulalip Bay, Woman Rescued
KIRO Seattle
A man who was in the boat with her died, said Coast Guard officials. People who live around the bay reported hearing screams for help around 10:30 p.m. Friday night. Three rescue agencies sprung to action. Tulalip tribal authorities and Snohomish ...

One fisherman dead, two missing off NB coast
... in Halifax said it received a distress call from the men at around 5:30 a.m.. A spokesman said the dead man was found near the sandbar and the Canadian Coast Guard is looking for the other two men who were last seen standing on the hull of the boat.

Body found, rescued Moss Point boater arrested for drugs
The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident. On Friday, Gordon and 40-year-old Curtis Goleman were thrown from their small

 One man dead, another taken to hospital after boating accident
UPDATED 11:09 p.m. Saturday. An 80-year-old man is dead after a boating accident in Lunenburg County on Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to Wentzells Lake shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a boat carrying two men capsized. The two men ...

 Mountlake Terrace woman rescued from boating incident
Mukilteo Beacon
Tulalip Fisheries and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Marine Services Units responded and searched the area with boats while a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard searched by air. Shortly after 11 p.m., a woman was found in the water holding a ..

Divers recover bodies of 2 missing men after boat capsizes in Rappahannock ...
Washington Post
TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. — Virginia Marine Police divers have recovered the bodies of two men whose boat capsized in the Rappahannock River. The Coast Guard says a third man was rescued by a resident who saw the capsized boat near his home.

Boating Accidents and rescues:

Missing Fairhaven boater found walking on beach
Boston Herald
A frantic overnight search for a missing boater in Fairhaven ended when the man was found this morning walking along the beach, police said. Gary Alves, 57, went for an afternoon sail yesterday, but did not return to work on time, according to police ...

 Boater in ICU after Ouachita River collision, name released
UPDATE Saturday 2:00 PM - It has been confirmed that the injured boater is Mike Sullivan of West Monroe. He was airlifted to LSU Hospital in Shreveport after a two boat accident on the Ouachita River. He is now being transfer to ICU. A Louisiana ...

 Driver in boat crash sentenced
Bonner County Daily Bee
SANDPOINT — A Sandpoint man who crashed into a powerboat into a moored sailboat on Lake Pend Oreille entered a plea Wednesday to an amended charge of simple negligent operation of a vessel. Jonathan Richard Beckley entered an Alford plea to the ...

 Two men taken to hospital after boating accident
UPDATED 9:27 p.m. Saturday. Two men were taken to hospital after a boating accident in Lunenburg County on Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to Wentzells Lake shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a boat capsized. One man fell overboard and the ..

 Teen hurt in Amherst boating crash
The Union Leader
AMHERST — A teenager was treated at the hospital after she was injured in a boating accident on Baboosic Lake on Friday night, authorities said. A motor boat, operated by Nathan Demers, 20 of Merrimack, and a row boat with two passengers aboard ..

 Boating incident leads to rescue and recovery
Marysville Globe
TULALIP — At approximately 10:23 p.m. on Friday, May 17, multiple calls were made to 911 from residents in the area of the 900 block of 43rd Street NW in Tulalip, which is near to Potlatch Beach, and adjacent to the Priest Point area of Puget Sound ...

 Lowestoft: Two Dutch Yachts Rescued By Lifeboat
The RNLI have towed two Dutch yachts to safety after they suffered mechanical problems on an annual visit to Lowestoft. Coxswain John Fox said 'we were first called shortly after 9.50am and found the stranded 25 foot yacht Naijade with mechanical 

 Two men rescued from near-drowning after homemade boat goes 'down like the ...
Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — Two men in a homemade boat barely escaped with their lives Saturday afternoon after their ramshackle, half-canoe capsized in the Ottawa River near Crystal Bay. One man in his 60s was rushed to hospital in serious condition, but later regained ...

Emergency Crews Rescue Kayaker from Corpus Christi Bay
Fire crews say two men were fishing in their kayaks this afternoon when one of the kayaks starting taking in water. One of the men attempted to switch kayaks but was unable to get in. As they were trying to bring it back in the kayak capsized. One of ..

Coast Guard rescue in Clearwater
MyFox Tampa Bay
What started out as a fun day on the water, turned very scary for a boat full of people in Clearwater. Their twenty foot long rental boat sunk, dumping them into the water. There were fifteen people on the boat, but fortunately, help was close by. The

 Coast Guard finds, rescues stranded boater -
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The Coast Guard came to the aid of a boater whose 19-foot boat ran aground on a sandbar in southern New Jersey this weekend. A helicopter crew started searching for the man around 5 p.m. Saturday, after his son told Coast Guard 

 Boater requires surgery after whale breach - The Province
The Province
A Campbell River man underwent facial surgery Friday after a whale breached and collided with his boat. The collision Wednesday near Kelsey Bay, off northeast Vancouver Island, prompting marine life researchers to warn boaters to be on the lookout for .

 Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Boater in Corson's Inlet
After confirming he was the missing boater, Coast Guard watchstanders from Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, established communications with him via VHF-FM channel 16 and arranged for a commercial towboat crew to take the vessel back to the boat ...

 Coast Guard rescues 13 from sinking boat in Fla.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 13 people after their boat sank in the waters off Clearwater. Luckily the family's boat sank close to the Coast Guard station at Sand Key on Saturday morning. Everyone onboard was also wearing ...

 Four escape burning boat off Egmont Key
PETE BEACH — Four people escaped from a burning boat Sunday afternoon several miles off the Pinellas County coast, authorities say. The U.S. Coast Guard was tending to the fire, which was near Egmont Key, said Mike De Nyse, a Coast Guard ...

Fumes suspected in Harrison Twp. boat explosion
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
“They were super nice guys but we found out later it was their first boat and they had no idea what they were doing,” said Keith Cunningham, owner of Roy's Boat Harbor. “But I'm glad no one was seriously hurt. This whole thing has been pretty shocking .

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