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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

National Safe Boating Week May 18-24 And Memorial Day Weekend

Coast Guard urges boater safety during Memorial Day weekend
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Boater education is always good,” said Executive Petty Officer Travis Fraser, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe. “Take the time to look at your boat, go over it and look at the engine, especially if you haven't used it in a while  

 Waterway Officials Promote Boater Safety, Offer Free Classes
This week marks National Safe Boating Week, which seeks to promote a safe and enjoyable summer on the city's waterways. A total of 651 boaters died on U.S. waterways in 2012, according to Coast Guard statistics. Among those, the 379 of the 459 people .

Boating Safety: Life Jackets
This week is National Safe Boating week and Governor Jay Inslee has launched the "Wear It Washington" campaign encouraging all boaters to wear a life jacket. According to Don Kidder of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85, wearing a life jacket ...

 May 18-24 is Safe Boating Awareness Week
CTV News
Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada and a boat is a vehicle in the same way a car is under the Highway Traffic Act in all provinces and territories. If you are convicted of driving any motorized vehicle under the ...

 Drunk boating law changes in effect for holiday weekend
Rockdale News
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from or limit drinking alcohol while operating boats. "Alcohol, mixed with boating activities, can create ..

 From the Boathouse: As boating season starts, is safety first?
Daily Pilot
Memorial Day weekend signals the official start of the boating season across the nation, and literally millions of people will be on the water enjoying boating-related activities. Thousands of boaters will be cruising the harbors in Southern California

 National Safe Boating Week in Full Force
This summer, more than 80 million Americans will enjoy boating with friends and family. People will be visiting lakes, bays and rivers for the first time in months. It's National Safe Boating Week; the unofficial start of the recreation boating season

Memorial Day weekend kicks off boating
Messenger Index
Gem County Sheriff's Department took possession of a new Custom Weld, 20-foot boat and trailer last fall thanks to an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Waterways Improvement Fund grant. From the left are Gem County Sheriff Chuck Rolland, Gem  

 Reporters Get Unique Ride for National Safe Boating Week
This week is National Safe Boating Week, when Americans are reminded to put safety first when they hit the lakes and rivers in their pleasure boats this summer. Officials Wednesday gave reporters and photographers a first hand look at what it's like to 

 Minn. DNR plans stepped up watercraft inspections
Seattle Post Intelligencer
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the boating season for many Minnesotans. So the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive .

 Four New Watercraft Inspection, Decontamination Stations to Open
With warmer weather and boaters ready to get on the water, the Nevada Division of State Parks, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Nevada Department of Wildlife are announcing the opening of four watercraft inspection and decontamination stations on ...

 Boating season kicks off this weekend; how to be safe on the water
PHOENIX -- It's National Safe Boating Week and while things have just started warming up weather-wise, there have already been four fatal accidents this year. With Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer and the start of the boating season .

'Wear It' for safe boating
Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island Sea Scout Rilee Neuman, who graduated from Kapaa High School Friday night, talks about navigating the Sea Scout ship Decisive from the bridge, Saturday during tours of the ship during National Boating Day at the ...

 Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Boating Safety Voices of Experience
CBS Local
CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) — As boaters and guests start a new season on the water, I recently launched a safe boating week with some fellow US Coast Guard veterans. We were at the USCG Training Center in Cape May. And these vets have seen it all ...

Boat Talk returns: You booze, you lose, and other tips for a safe Memorial Day ...
The Grand Rapids Press -
2012 Boating Season begins.JPG Boat Talk returns for a second year of tips, tricks and factoids about setting sail on Michigan waters. Pictured, a woman polishes her boat in Grand Haven during the start of the 2012 boating File Photo ...

Boating Safety Education:

Water safety
Big Bear Grizzly
Boating safety courses are offered twice this summer season in Big Bear Lake. The first session is June 1. About Boating Safety is offered through the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The second session is Aug. 17. Topics such as boat handling, legal ..

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Teaches Marion County Students About Boat Safety
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is teaching Marion County students, including Pleasant Valley Elementary students, about boat safety. It's using a robot name Coastie to teach them about the importance of life jackets, and to answer any questions. "He ..

Boating safety course in Arlington Heights
Chicago Daily Herald
To ensure boaters have a safe and fun time on the water and meet state requirements, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an 8-hour course on boating safety next month in Arlington Heights. Class sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ...

West Islip Library To Offer Boating Safety Course
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Richard Cloonan will teach both sessions and participants will receive the New York State Boating Certificate, which will be required for all boating and jet ski operators by the start of the 2014 season. The fee is $30 for ...

 North Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer free boat inspections
KRNV My News 4
Before you get out on the water for Memorial Day weekend, you might want to check this out: the North Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free vessel safety inspections and information about safe boating at the West Marine on Mill Street ..

Boating Safety News:

Yacht Fires Pose Challenge to Firefighters and Insurers
The training was held because yacht fires at marinas and boatyards are typically fought by firefighters using land-based techniques, trained only to fight building fires. In fact, a large yacht fire precipitated the training, said Ron Lauth, battalion 

Ore. holiday boaters urged to play it safe on water
The forecast for this Memorial Day weekend may not be warm and blue-sky, but it's still the official kickoff of the boating season in Oregon. The Oregon State Marine Board wants to remind boaters headed to the water for fun to stay sober, wear a life  

 Some want tougher rules for boats on the waterways
"The area that they were in is not a No Wake Zone, and having been on the beach with my dogs and as well as being a boater, it's a concern." Wake zones are regulated by the state. The Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Coast Guard are the agencies ...

 National Fishing and Boating Week 2013 Kicks Off June 1
Sacramento Bee
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 22, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign encourages families, kids and outdoor adventurers to experience the joys of boating and fishing, ...

 Minn. boaters and anglers responsible for knowing invasive species laws before ...
The Republic
ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the boating season for many Minnesotans. So the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive 

 DNR Courtesy Boating Inspections Set for Memorial Day Weekend
inspect2 In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

 Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station Program teceives $20000 ...
Boating Industry
The Sea Tow Foundation's national Life Jacket Loaner Station program allows boaters to borrow life jackets to replace missing, damaged or ill-fitting personal flotation devices (PFDs), or to use for extra guests on board their boats. For more ..

Boating Safety
He showed News 13's Victoria Dunkle the floatation devices, markings and other safety requirements for boating in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 7th in boating-related deaths in this country, and one out of every four of those deaths is tied to  

EDITORIALS: Start of boating season a great time to review accident-prevention ...
Southgate News Herald
The Michigan State Police recently announced that six divers graduated from a training program this month and will begin working just as the annual boating season gets under way. It's the first training class since 2005 and one of the divers has been

Dwyer should be held to a higher standard
Baltimore Sun
Don Dwyer's boating-while-intoxicated sentence was interesting ("Dwyer sentenced to 30 days in jail in drunken boating incident," May 14). Drinking and boating is playing Russian roulette. If you are in an accident you may survive but you may destroy ...

  Ossining Drowning Inspires New Bill From Galef, Carlucci
The Daily Voice
Galef and Carlucci announced this week that they are pushing a new bill (A.3471/S.1639) that requires all mechanically propelled vessel operators to obtain a boating safety certificate through an eight-hour safe boating course, according to a press ..

 Personal watercraft industry stresses safety & fun as 1 million PWC take to ...
Boating Industry
Yesterday at Port Royale Marina on Lake Lanier in Georgia, The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) kicked off its “Summer Safe Rider” Campaign with safety demonstration events as well as a social media awareness campaign focused on safety ...

 USACE Galveston District stresses water safety awareness in anticipation of ...
Additionally, to accommodate the increased recreational boating traffic during the holiday weekend, the district will open the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates for a 24-hour period, returning back to normal operations May 28 (which ...

 A reminder to Long Islanders to be safe on the water
In his 13 years with the Suffolk County Police Department's Marine Bureau, Sgt. Chris Tamis said there have been numerous boating fatalities of people who were not wearing life jackets, a measure which might have saved their lives. When his department .

 Jet ski safety campaign targets students
“The new awareness initiative is crucial as it targets young students from schools, universities and colleges who represent the largest segment of jet ski users, especially during summer when this water sport sees maximum popularity across Dubai's ...

DNREC stressing boating safety as summer season approaches
WDDE 91.1 FM | Delaware's NPR News station
DNREC's boating education coordinator Sergeant Gregory Rhodes notes that jet skis also have basic requirements for operation. “Not only do you have to take a safe boating class to operate a jet ski, but you have to be at least 16 years old to operate ..

 Officials urging boater safety for holiday weekend
Daily Mountain Eagle
The summer boating season officially begins this weekend, and local officials are hoping boaters will pay more attention to the "rules of the road” so everyone will have a safe boating season. The Alabama Marine Police on Smith Lake will also be 

 Coast Guard Flotilla 3-10 makes house calls for boater safety
Westmoreland News
The group used part of a BoatUS grant to put up billboards around the Northern Neck urging boaters to wear life jackets and the theme for National Safe Boating Week is ”Wear It.” Joe has recommendations regarding what kinds to get, while Virginia law ..

 Letter: Be responsible and follow boating rules
Rockford Register Star
I would like to thank the people boating this weekend who respected the sheriff and river property owners by boating with "No Wake." As of May 19, the sheriff labeled the river north of Auburn Street as a "No Wake" zone. To the boaters that did not .

 Tips for staying safe while boating
EMC West Carleton
EMC lifestyle -As many as nine million Canadians participate in recreational boating each year. About 200 of these people will die in accidents on the water. Another 6,000 suffer non-fatal injuries according to Canadian government statistics. "During ...

 GBRA urges safe boating
Herald Zeitung
SEGUIN — The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) officials are urging all recreationalists using the Guadalupe, Blanco, Comal or San Marcos rivers, Canyon Reservoir, Coleto Creek Reservoir (Victoria County), Lake Dunlap (Comal and Guadalupe ...

 'A fun-filled day can turn tragic from drinking while boating'
"A fun-filled day can turn tragic from drinking while boating," said Ashley Massey with the Oregon State Marine Board. "It impairs your judgment and you take risks you normally wouldn't. We see a lot of reckless operation and behavior, not to mention ...

 Cabinets provide life jackets at county parks
The cabinets are available at Martha Lake, Twin Lakes, Kayak Point, Wenberg County Park, Silver Lake, Wyatt Park, Flowing Lake and Lake Goodwin. At least three people have drowned so far this year in the county. In 2012, a 14-year-old boy drowned in ...

 Life jackets key for keeping safe on the water
First Coast News
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Christensen said the most important thing people can do is make sure all adults and children are wearing life jackets that say they are Coast Guard approved. You need to also make sure they fit properly so they will ..

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

Carbon monoxide killed mother and daughter on Lake Windermere boat
The Guardian
"The boat's carbon monoxide sensor system did not alarm because it was not connected to a power supply," said an interim report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). The MAIB's report said: "A bank holiday weekend on board an 11-year-old ...

Boater Missing on Cayuga Lake
Rochester YNN
The search will resume Thursday morning for a boater who went missing on Cayuga Lake. Christopher Dennis, 22, of Ithaca took a canoe out onto the lake from a campsite in Covert around 5 a.m. Wednesday. When he failed to return, friends began a search ...

 Sheriff: 1 dead after E. Wash. boating accident
The Seattle Times
Sheriff: 1 dead after E. Wash. boating accident. The Lincoln County sheriff says a man is dead and a woman has been taken to a hospital after a boating accident on Sprague Lake about 35 miles west of Spokane. The Associated Press ...

Conyers man dead after boating accident on Jackson Lake
Rockdale Citizen
JACKSON -- A Conyers man has died after a boating accident on Jackson Lake Tuesday evening. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Capt. Bob Lynn identified the victim as 58-year-old Joseph L. Baker. Lynn said Baker was a passenger on a boat ...

 Students learn boating safety first
The News-Press
Sanzera said the motivation for the program is because there are so many boating families on Marco. He said most sensible boaters are ultra careful, but that some are less so. This, he said, could potentially jeopardize children's safety, hence the .

 Ethiopia - Boating Accident Kills Five On Lake Tana
Ethiopia - Boating Accident Kills Five On Lake Tana. 21 May 2013. Addis Ababa — At least five people died when a boat carrying 110 passengers overturned on Lake Tana in Ethiopia's north western region of Amhara on Monday, police told Sudan Tribune.

Seneca deputies search for missing Ithaca man who was canoeing on Cayuga ...
When Dennis didn't return later in the day, his friends began looking for him and found an overturned canoe in the middle of the lake around 12:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said. The friends called 911. The Seneca County Sheriff's Navigation Patrol  

Four drown in Mufulira boat accident
Times of Zambia
FOUR people, among them a two-year-old baby, drowned when the canoe they were paddling capsized on Valley Dam in Mufulira. The quartet was coming from their field across the dam when they met their fate. Among the dead, three are members of one

Family hasn't given up hope of finding missing kayaker Joe Kane
Pensacola News Journal
Joseph Kane set out on the afternoon of May 13 in a yellow 6-foot kayak from Sherman Cove at Pensacola Naval Air Station, taking his family's springer spaniel, Frannie, along with him. After failing to call and check in at 5 p.m. as agreed, Kane's ...

 Driver In Fatal Boat Crash Consumed Beer, Tequila, Drugs, Report States
The University of Arkansas student who drove the boat in a fatal crash that killed two of his classmates May 14 admitted he had been drinking and taking drugs prior to the crash, according to a marine investigation report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

 GRDA report: Boat driver drank alcohol, took pills before fatal Grand Lake crash
Tulsa World
LANGLEY - A preliminary investigative report released Wednesday states that the driver of a boat that crashed into a docked houseboat on Grand Lake, killing two people, had consumed 10 beers and a shot of tequila and had taken an antidepressant not .

 Boater sentenced for fatal accident
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)- A boater who caused a fatal crash on the Ohio River was sentenced on Thursday. Glenn Riegelsberger will spend the next four years behind bars for the death of Jeffery Foster. Riegelsberger was sentenced on charges of ...

Organization surveying Delaware boaters
The News Journal
More than 5,000 recreational boaters in Delaware, picked at random from government databases, have been asked to join the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Boater Survey. The maritime assessment to gather information for maps and other uses is being organized by the ..

 Coast Guard urging safe boating in Virginia as summer season starts
Washington Post
The Coast Guard says the number of deaths from boating accidents in Virginia fell to 15 last year from 21 in 2011, while the number of accidents decreased to 89 from 121 the year before. Nationwide, the Coast Guard says fatal boating deaths fell 14

Police: Man, 52, apparently drowns while boating
State police say a 52-year-old man has apparently drowned in a boating accident on Muskellunge Lake in Montcalm County. The body of Michael White of Pierson was found in the lake in Maple Valley Township, about 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Boating Accidents And Rescues:

Man injured when whale, boat collide
A Campbell River boater has a whale of a tale to tell after a terrifying encounter with a humpback whale near Kelsey Bay May 15. Ray Boyd was in his 22-foot Grady-White vessel only 100 yards off shore when he was struck. The impact cracked the hull and ...

Live-aboard still missing in Gulf (registration)
Live-aboard still missing in Gulf. BY TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has launched a missing persons investigation in the search for a Key West live-aboard boater. After combing the Gulf of Mexico ...

 DNR urges safe boating practices
LaSalle News Tribune
This compares with 103 reportable boating accidents in 2011 resulting in 70 injuries and 21 fatalities, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement. Among the primary causes of boating accidents are operator ..

 Firefighters corral runaway boat on Lake Cochituate
MetroWest Daily News
"Most boating fatalities result from a fall overboard or vessel capsize involving a boat less than 20 feet, in most instances less than 16 feet," Walker said. With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching., the Patrick-Murray Administration ...

 Four fishermen ejected from boat
Aransas Pass Progress
“When boaters see members of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reservists and Coast Guard Auxiliary on the water, boaters should ask questions if they are unsure how to safely operate their boat. Every person on a boat needs to know where all the safety ...

Elderly couple rescued from yacht after mast snaps
Irish Independent
A distress flare fired from the yacht was seen by a French trawler early yesterday. The alarm was raised with the Irish Coastguard. The Naval Service patrol vessel the 'LE Aoife' was dispatched to the scene at 11am. It reached the stricken yacht at 2pm ...

 Salem man badly injured in jet ski competition
Statesman Journal
A Salem man was seriously injured when one of his ribs cut into his kidney after he fell off a jet ski during the Devil Lake Dash jet ski competition in Lincoln City. Erik Loomis was flown by helicopter to Salem Hospital on Sunday, where he later .

 Coast Guard helps disabled boat in Niagara River
Wall Street Journal
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard was called after a boat with four people aboard struck a reef and became disabled on the Niagara River in Buffalo. No one was injured in the mishap Tuesday. The Coast Guard says the 24-foot recreational vessel was ...

 Four hurt as boat crashes into pier
The Age
Four men are in hospital after a fishing boat smashed into the Portsea pier on Wednesday. Police said the commercial fishing boat, with a skipper and three divers aboard, hit the pier about 12.15pm. The boat hit the pier at an estimated speed of 15-20

 Lifeboat crew called out to stricken yacht
Blackpool Gazette
A lifeboat was launched to help a stranded yacht with two people onboard when it was caught out by the falling tide. Lytham St Annes lifeboat was sent to the scene in the Ribble Estuary at 3.30pm on Tuesday when the vessel, sailing from Preston Marina, ...

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