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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating Safety Education Classes:
Boater safety classes
WLKM Radio
The first of five boater-safety classes in St. Joseph County takes place Saturday at the Colon Fire Department. Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department, the class is available to people 12 years of age and older. It runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .

 ODNR Division of Watercraft To Offer Power Boating Skills Course June 9
The course fee is $47. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license be able to show proof they have completed a boater safety education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

 Boating Safety Course to be Held in Hastings
A boating safety course is scheduled to be held at the Hastings Police Department on Friday, June 21. According to Scott Eveland, Boating Safety Officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Boating Safety course is required for all ...

 Boater education class set for Saturday
Daily Astorian
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Astoria, in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board, will teach a Mandatory Boater Education Class leading to a boater education card from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the second floor conference room at ...

 SUBMITTED ARTICLE: SCDNR Visits Leavelle McCampbell to Cover Boating ...
Aiken Standard
Boaters younger than 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by 15 horsepower motor or more. The course can be taken in a classroom ...

 US Power Squadrons Takes Its Advanced Level Courses Online with BoatUS ...
Two leading boating education organizations with a history of making boating education easy and affordable, have teamed up to offer a fully interactive online seminar for those First Mates who may find themselves needing to take command of the family boat.

 Parent/child workshop offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
WINFIELD | The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a conducted a number of Boating Safety Courses this past year in conjunction with Winfield Township, Lakes of the Four Seasons and the U.S. Steelworkers Union. Many students have graduated and received ...

Boat Ed's Educator of the Year Award Presented to Idaho Marine Deputy Mike ...
PR Web (press release)
Mike Gladhart, marine deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office in Orofino, Idaho, accepted the educator of the year award on May 7 at the Western States Boating Administrators Association annual conference. The award is sponsored by Kalkomey ...

 Outdoors calendar 5-30-13
Journal Times
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an eight-hour boating safety course from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays, June 1 and June 8. The classes will be held at the DNR Service Center, 9531 Rayne Rd., Sturtevant. This is an

Boating Safety News:

Freedom to Fish Act on President's Desk
About - News & Issues
On a larger scale, the Freedom to Fish Act, according to its Facebook page, "ensures boater access to river tailwaters will continue for sportsmen and recreational fishermen." Tailwaters affected along the Cumberland River and its tributaries include ...

 Georgia Boating Laws Change
Southern Political Report
On June 18, 2012, 9 year old Jake Prince and his 13 year old brother, Griffin, were killed on Lake Lanier in north Georgia when a drunken boater collided with their family's pontoon boat. Five others were injured in the accident. On July 8, 2012, 11 ...

Clerk's Office offers guide to boating in New York State
Buffalo News
The New York State Boater's Guide is now available through the Erie County Clerk's Office. The guide book, which is put out by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, provides a summary of the more important laws, registration ...

State parks rangers pushing boating safety this summer
State parks rangers are pushing boating safety as the summer begins. Hundreds of people had their boats out on Utah Lake over the Memorial Day weekend, keeping rangers busy. The Coast Guard's auxiliary was also called out to provide assistance.

NOAA's Free Nautical Charts for Recreational Boating
Alaska Native News
MyNOAACharts, a mobile app beta test for Android tablets, can easily integrate the user's location, the nautical chart, and all the navigational information from the U.S. Coast Pilot. Image-NOAA. As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on ...

 Safety concerns stressed during summer boating season
However, the rules for alcohol consumption differ depending on where you're boating. For example, state-owned lakes in Mississippi do not allow alcohol consumption while you're on the lake, but others that are federally controlled might have different ...

Austin police: 94 arrested during 'no refusal' drunken driving weekend
Austin American-Statesman
Austin police say they arrested 94 people as part of a “no-refusal” Memorial Day weekend initiative to crack down on driving or boating while intoxicated. The vast majority of the arrests were for driving while intoxicated, police said. At least four .

Memorial Day holiday weekend ends in more than 30 arrests
Palm Beach Post
The Memorial Day holiday weekend resulted in more than 30 arrests, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reported. Over a three-day period from Saturday to Monday, deputies made eight arrests for underage drinking and seven for boating or driving ...

Coast Guard begins boating season checks
Newsday (subscription)
It was the first nice on-the-water day of the holiday weekend that serves as the unofficial kickoff of the boating season, so the petty officer second-class was leading a midday patrol to check for required... Content Preview This content is exclusive ...

 Boat safety tips after fatal crash
HQ Yellowknife
Yellowknife, NWT - RCMP continue to investigate the boating death of a woman last week near Fort Liard in the Territory's southwest corner. A 77-year-old woman was killed when two boats smashed into each other. Meanwhile, with the fatal crash in mind ...

New life-jacket program helps people stay safe on the water
EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--Boating season is officially underway. In the next few weeks, more people will be hitting the lakes and rivers but that also means more people will be at risk of near drowning's and boating accidents. The good thing is Wisconsin ...

Lifejackets, boating courses save lives
Cape Gazette
With the 2013 summer season making its debut last weekend, many boaters will be heading out on the water. As they do, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember ...

 Boating officials advise 'be safe; boat smart'
Daily Commercial
Boaters need to be aware that when they go into some of the different canals, you have to be careful of the depth of the boat and you have to know what your boat draws, and what that means there is a certain depth between the water line and the bottom ..

 Local boating facility grant
Busselton Dunsborough Mail
The Minister for Transport Troy Buswell said recreational boating enthusiasts would benefit from the funding, from the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grants, to improve boating facilities in the region. Mr Buswell made the announcement with the ...

Watercraft in Yellowstone must be inspected
Laurel Outlook
To more thoroughly protect the waters of Yellowstone National Park, all motorized and non-motorized watercraft entering the park's lakes must first pass an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection on their boats as part of the watercraft permitting ..

  BCSO Warns of Operating Watercraft on Econfina Creek
The Bay County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints of high-power watercraft being used in the Econfina Creek system and adjacent springs. Using any watercraft with an engine that exceeds 10 horsepower within Econfina Creek is prohibited ...

Boating Fatalities And Missing:

 Boater safety classes
WLKM Radio
The first of five boater-safety classes in St. Joseph County takes place Saturday at the Colon Fire Department. Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department, the class is available to people 12 years of age and older. It runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .

 Body of Missing Boater Found in Cooper River
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A body found in the Tailrace Canal on Tuesday morning has been identified as that of a boater who went missing on Saturday. According to published reports, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said that the body of 57-year-old ...

 2 killed, 1 injured when boat hits dock in NE Fla.
Gainesville Sun
Authorities say another boater was able to rescue Alicia Babb. The bodies of Hall and Franklin Babb were recovered from the water nearby. In a separate incident Sunday night, a man jumped from his boat into the St. Johns River. Wildlife officials say ...

 Body pulled from St. Johns River
Sgt. Paul says it's possible that the body is that of a missing boater who jumped into the river in the Ortega area on Sunday and hasn't been seen since. JSO says they will know more once an autopsy has been conducted. Newsletters · RSS Feeds · Mobile ...

 Boating season comes with OWI risks
WQOW TV News 18
Jacque wants to reintroduce a bill which stops someone who was picked up for drunken boating from driving a boat for at least one year, "You're not going to be able to find the silver bullet to fix every situation, but to the extent that you can try to .

 Safe boating: Drinking, boating just don't mix
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -. It was a deadly Memorial Day weekend on South Carolina's waterways. Just before noon on Tuesday, the body of a 57-year-old missing fisherman was pulled from the river in Berkeley County, while a second boater is still missing.

 British woman killed in boating accident in Malaysia
Motor Boats Monthly
The Foreign Office has confirmed that a British woman died following a boating accident yesterday. South-Beach,-Perhentian-Besar,-Malaysia.jpg. A woman has died after being involved in a boating accident in Malaysia, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

 Two die in boat crash
Florida Times-Union
According to witness interviews, St. Johns County Fire Rescue accounts and media reports, boaters Franklin T. Babb and Warren C. Hall, both 52, were heading north when the boat crashed and they were thrown into the pitch-dark ocean. Both were later .

 Bill would require boat safety course for every operator
Legislative Gazette
As the boating season is set to begin on New York waterways, Assemblywomen Sandy Galef, D-Ossining, and Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, have renewed their efforts to promote boat safety awareness throughout the state. The two lawmakers, citing ...

 Boy, 14, dies in canoe accident over holiday weekend
Detroit Free Press
Two days later, on Sunday ), Jamil died in a canoeing accident on the Au Sable River, his father said. The canoe Jamil was in flipped over, according to a news release from the Oscoda Township Police Department. Authorities found Jamil about a half ...

Brainerd man whose canoe capsized identified
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
The name of the 64-year-old Brainerd man who died Sunday when his canoe capsized in the water on the Gull River near Barbeau Road has been identified as Peter L. Johnson, reported the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. Johnson and his 4-year-old .

Man Falls Overboard, Dies in Rafting Trip near Hope
Spaulding says guides are still being interviewed about the circumstances of Morton's death, but initial uncertainties about the details are similar to those in the company's only other fatality -- the death of Anchorage doctor Gary Archer, 60, whose

Jet Ski rider dies after Lake Greenwood boating accident
WHNS Greenville
After a boat and Jet Ski collided on Lake Greenwood, state agents said a rider who was airlifted to the hospital later died. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Greg Lucas said the crash happened just before 8:20 p.m. Monday on ...

Three killed in L. Bisina boat capsizePublish Date: May 28, 2013
New Vision
Three people including a five-year-old boy have died after their boat capsized on Lake Bisina on Monday evening in the eastern district of Katakwi, a pastor says. Simon Okoboi, 26, and Modesta Akello with her son only identified as Idongut, 5, died at ...

 TVCC employee drowns in rafting accident
Ontario Argus Observer
Lori Eyler, 46, Treasure Valley Community College's Director of Advising, was killed in a rafting accident near Grant's Pass in Josephine County Saturday, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. It's believed that Eyler, along with three ...

Boating Accidents and Rescues:

Coast Guard: Crew helps save child while taking drunken boater to police station
The Star-Ledger -
MANASQUAN – A routine safety inspection on Saturday lead to the arrest of a drunken boater on the Manasquan River, according to the Coast Guard. The boat's operator, whose name was not released, blew a .18 reading on a breathalyzer test, and out of ...

 Boater charged after boat bumps Johnnie Mercer's Pier
WWAY NewsChannel 3
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Wildlife officers charged a boater with operating a watercraft while impaired after his boat bumped Johnnie Mercer's Pier at Wrightsville Beach yesterday. Investigators say Michael Rushing's 50-foot boat came too close ...

Boater calls for help after motor problems develop
WPSD Local 6
PADUCAH, Ky. - Motor problems forced a boater to call for help near Paducah, Kentucky's riverfront Tuesday. McCracken County Emergency Management director Paul Carter told Local 6 it happened Tuesday afternoon. He says the pleasure boat's driver ..

 11 survive houseboat going over Mississippi River dam near Winona
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Eleven people on a houseboat went over a Mississippi River dam near Winona, Minn., during a Memorial Day excursion and survived, with many of them rescued as they clung to a lifeboat, said a boater who brought them safely to shore. The 58-foot-long ...

 Galveston boaters injured in hit-and-run in channel
Houston Chronicle
Two other people on the 27-foot sailboat were injured in the crash, which occurred between 9 and 9:30 p.m. just past Seawolf Fishing Pier off Galveston Island, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. Officials said investigators later found a damaged ...

9 victims rescued from Tahoe after boat capsizes
San Francisco Chronicle
Deputies say people aboard a sailboat had pulled three victims from the water, but were struggling against heavy winds to rescue the others. Sheriff's officials say they pulled two people from the water, while Coast Guard personnel rescued another four.

 8 injured in boating accident near Ravenswood
San Francisco Chronicle
RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a boating accident on the Ohio River near Ravenswood that injured eight people. Jim Thaxton with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says a boat hit another boat that was stationary.

Ariz. Game and Fish officers injured in boating accident
Law enforcement maintained a huge presence on Lake Pleasant over the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to keep drunken boaters off the water. While on patrol, three Arizona Game and Fish officers were thrown into the water after their boat somehow ...

Owner left with sinking feeling after yacht washed on to rocks
Irish Times
The skipper of a yacht bought recently for a him as a present by his daughter could only watch in disbelief as the vessel was dragged off rocks where it had washed up overnight. The 29ft sailing yacht had been moored offshore at the White Strand near ...

Yacht gutted by fire in Esperance
The West Australian
Firefighters were called to the scene just before 5.45am this morning to reports of a sailing boat on fire in the Esperance Bay Yacht Club on The Esplanade. Three crews of volunteers battled for almost two hours to contain the blaze, which caused ...

ONLINE UPDATE: Yacht runs into Mercer's
Lumina News
At approximately 5 p.m., a 52-foot Sea Ray yacht ran aground near the south side of Johnnie Mercer's Pier, disabling the vessel's motor. North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission officer Fred Gorchess said the driver, Michael Rushing, was attempting ..

 Trio rescued after canoe capsizes
Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Three people were rescued from the Pigeon River on Saturday, May 25 after their canoe apparently capsized, the Newport Police Department reported. At 2:14 p.m., officers with the NPD were dispatched to the area of the Pigeon River between ...

 Three boaters rescued from Pend Oreille River
KXLY Spokane
Nicholas Geoppo, 18, and Alexandra Wert, 18, were canoeing the river along with 17 year old passenger. The three had just gone over the falls, North of Metaline, when they were thrown from their aluminum canoe. This portion of the river can be ..

 Paddler rescued from Reversing Falls after kayak overturns
CTV News
The quick actions of a couple of tourists may have saved the life of a kayaker near the Reversing Falls. On Tuesday afternoon, a man paddling through the popular rapids in Saint John accidentally overturned his boat and yelled for help. Paul Sanzone ...

 One life jacket on sunken boat, friends make hard choice off Galveston
Houston Chronicle
Jacob Grant, 27, of Dickinson and Mark Pelc, 23, of Pearland told Galveston Beach Patrol lifeguard Brandon Venegas when their kayak overturned they struggled to keep each other afloat and cling to the boat. However, Grant said the kayak filled with ...

 Emergency crews deal with late-night rescue on rushing river
LaSalle News Tribune
Rescuers first responded to a report of four rafters stranded on an island after capsizing, Frazier said. Vermilion River Rafting, which outfitted the four for the raft trip, sent two employees in kayaks downstream to help, Frazier said. One kayaker ...

Nine people rescued after boat capsizes on Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Daily Tribune
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office boat unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded at about 2 p.m. Saturday to a report of a vessel taking on water near Dollar Point, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. El Dorado arrived at ...

 Fords Man Arrested for Boating Under the Influence, Coast Guard Says
A Fords man was arrested on charges he was allegedly driving his boat under the influence of alcohol in the waters of the Raritan Bay/ Ward Point Bend East, officials told The Coast Guard arrested David Zboyan. 53, at around 7:20 p.m. while ...

 Six children injured, none fatally, in a boat fire on the South River
Baltimore Sun
Six children were burned — two seriously — by a flash fire that occurred during a Memorial Day boat ride on the South River. Two of the three adults on board also suffered minor injuries. None of the burns appear to be life-threatening, said Division ...

 Colorado River boat crash injures 3
San Jose Mercury News
NEEDLES, Calif.—A weekend boat crash on the Colorado River has injured three people. The Mohave Daily News of Bullhead City, Ariz. ( says it happened late Saturday afternoon near Needles, Calif. Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino 

 4 rescued from Back River after sailboat overturns
The Virginian-Pilot
Four people were rescued from the Back River near Poquoson Wednesday afternoon after their sailboat overturned. A Virginia Beach-based Coast Guard crew was conducting a search in the area when they noticed the group waving their arms around 3 p.m.

 Game wardens file charges in hit and run boating accident
Lone Star Outdoor News
TPWD recently announced game wardens have filed felony charges against a Galveston man accused of failing to stop and render aid while operating a motorboat that collided with a sailboat in the Galveston Channel Sunday night. Dustin Paul Lunsford, 29, ...

Rescued from stranded boat
This is Scunthorpe
Crews from a lifeboat station successfully assisted a boat to safety after it was stranded in the River Humber last night (Tuesday, May 28). Initial calls were received from the HM Coastguard just after 11am yesterday and a rescue boat was launched to ...

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