Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Happy Independence Day! 

Have fun but stay safe.

Operation Dry Water

Boaters scared off the water by drunks, Coast Guard cracking down
13abc Action News
Boater Judy Hass said, "We would get 20-25 people on our boat, head on down to the fireworks, and of course we were all partying and having a good time." Judy says this year, she's staying on shore. "Because of all the accidents that have happened and ...

 Operation Dry Water Begins to Teach Locals Boat Safety
With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, boater safety is a big concern. Operation Dry Water is underway in the Valley, or national boating under the influence detection and enforcement weekend. The goal is to reduce alcohol related accidents on ...

Holiday boaters should expect strict enforcement of safety laws
WGCL Atlanta
Boater Andrew Rotunno has no issue with the new laws. He insists that everyone on his boat wears life preservers. "Anybody under twelve even 16 years old I would have them in a life jacket at all times you just never know out here," Andrew Rotunno said.

 Holiday crackdown begins on Lake Norman
Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer David "Junior" Turner chats with boater Kelli Crisan of Charlotte on Lake Norman Saturday afternoon during a random stop as part of the national Operation Dry Water boating under the influence awareness and ...

More Ohio patrols highlight drunk boating danger
San Francisco Chronicle
CLEVELAND (AP) — Extra waterway patrols in Ohio will highlight the dangers of boating while drunk or on drugs. The Ohio Division of Watercraft and the Cleveland-based Great Lakes district of the Coast Guard are participating in the stepped-up national ...

 Major crackdown on Lake Lanier drunken boaters
WSB Atlanta
Rangers on Lake Lanier said this is a big weekend with the Fourth of July approaching, so they're looking for intoxicated boaters. Channel 2's Liz Artz went to the mobile command center to learn more about the process for suspected drunken boaters, who ...

USCG holds Operation Dry Water event
"Operation Dry Water is a nationally coordinated event between maritime law enforcement agencies to heighten awareness, the effectiveness of and the enforcement of boating under the influence," said Ensign Bradley Parker. Each year before July 4, Coast ...

 Public safety personnel prepare for 4th
Cherokee Tribune
The GDNR is participating in Operation Dry Water, a three-day multi-agency initiative with the mission of educating boaters about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol on the water that ends today. Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver said in a release that boating ...

Boating Safety Education Classes:

Jackson County Sheriff's Office offering free boater safety classes for residents
The Jackson Citizen Patriot -
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – To ensure safety on the lakes during the summertime, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office is offering free boater safety classes which will focus on safety and commonly accepted boating classes. Classes will be held at Clark Lake ..

Parks & Rec offers summer programs
Darien Times
Safe boating classes: Professional marine education comes to Darien to offer this eight hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and Personal Watercraft Operations. This class will meet on Tuesday ...

 Learn about boat safety rules
Daily Comet (blog)
The U.S. Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel program will hold a meeting for boat owners and crew members at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Dulac Community Center, 125 Coast Guard Road. Paul Barnard, an examiner with the U.S. Coast Guard, is the scheduled .

Boating Safety News:

 Regional Police urge boaters to stay safe this summer
Cape Breton Post
Recreational boater Leo Bennett displays his and his wife's pleasure craft operator cards at the Dobson Yacht Club in Westmount in this file photo from 2010. Published on June 30, 2013: Published on June 30, 2013; Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post 

 The Peak of Boating Season is a Good Time to Think Safety
According to the National Maritime Manufacturers Association, July Fourth is America's biggest boating holiday of the year. A staggering 88 million boaters are estimated to be on the water this summer, the largest number of U.S. adults participating in ...

 Operation Dry Water focuses on making Kentucky waterways safer for boaters
News-Democrat & Leader
Conservation Officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will team up with federal, state and local law enforcement officers to make Kentucky waterways safer for boaters during Operation Dry Water. The weekend is devoted to ...

 6 tips for safe boating in Canada this summer
Each year 125 Canadians die in boating incidents, including 18 in Ontario, according to Cameron Taylor, who runs the test needed to obtain a boating licence in Canada. Taylor, who works for BoatSmart, said more than 100 of those deaths can be prevented ...

Boating deaths are down
Fraser Coast Chronicle
QUEENSLAND has recorded its lowest number of boating deaths in more than a decade, according to a marine safety report. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the findings of Maritime Safety Queensland's Marine Incidents Report for ..

 High waters bring boating hazards
WKBT La Crosse
The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department is urging boaters to be extra cautious out on the water. The Mississippi River is at near flood-stage levels, swelling with all the rain the La Crosse area has been getting. That can lead to more hazards for ...

Local boaters share safety concerns
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
DeVon and Sandy Anderson push off from the Lake Nepco County Park boat ramp in their canoe Friday. The Andersons have been boating for more than 42 years. DeVon said canoers should not paddle into wakes to avoid tipping over. / Luke Ranker/Central .

 Patrols back on the water in Rapides Parish
Alexandria Town Talk
Wildlife and Fisheries reports that Louisiana had 116 boating crash incidents resulting in 84 injuries and 25 fatalities in 2012. Of the 25 fatalities, 15 were ruled as drownings, which could have been prevented had the boater worn a personal floating ...

Safety check: Sheriff resumes boat patrol to keep the peace on the water
Alexandria Town Talk
Wildlife and Fisheries reports that Louisiana had 116 boating crash incidents resulting in 84 injuries and 25 fatalities in 2012. Of the 25 fatalities, 15 were ruled as drownings, which could have been prevented had the boater worn a personal floating ...

 Bergen riverfront event stresses boat safety as holiday approaches
In one instance last year, a vessel ran over another boat's anchor line. The collision destroyed the boat's propeller, and the boat needed to be towed, Reed said. Because of cases like that, Coast Guard crews will escort boaters off the waterways and 

Boating Fatalities and Missing:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Laurel County man has been fatally shocked while swimming in Lake Cumberland. According to WKYT-TV ( ) in Lexington, the incident killed 34-year-old Kevin Short, who was swimming with family members...

 Missing boater call leads to Coast Guard search of Lake Michigan off Grand Haven
Missing boater call leads to Coast Guard search of Lake Michigan off Grand Haven. coast-guard.JPG. The U.S. Coast Guard is involved in search efforts Sunday, June 30 for a reported missing boater on Lake Michigan off Grand Haven. (Muskegon Chronicle 

Freak wave kills boater off WA coast
Freak wave kills boater off WA coast. 3:03pm June 30, 2013. One person is dead and another is injured after a boat was capsized by a freak wave near rocks at Kalbarri on the West Australian coast. Julia Gillard's career highs and lows · Metal bar falls ...

 Boating accident claims life of Clarksville woman
San Francisco Chronicle
(AP) — Authorities are investigating a boating accident on the Cumberland River the claimed the life of a 21-year-old Clarksville woman. According to WSMV-TV (, Stephanie Burns was tubing Saturday evening when she somehow got 

 2 dead after boating accident on Lake Wahnapitae
Two people are dead after a boating accident on a lake northeast of Sudbury. Police say four people were in a boat on Lake Wahnapitae when the vessel struck an island early Sunday. One person is in hospital in critical condition. Any witnesses are .

 Man dead in Kalbarri boating mishap
ABC Online
A man has died and another person has survived a boat accident at Kalbarri off Western Australia's mid-west coast. It is understood a boat was hit by a wave and rolled at Chinaman's beach around 11:00am. Police and a rescue team were called to the ...

Two killed, two hurt in Sudbury boating accident
Sun News Network
SUDBURY, Ont. -- The community of Skead was reeling Sunday after learning two people were killed in a boating accident on Lake Wahnapitae, less than two hours after many residents had gathered near the shore for Canada Day fireworks. Police and the ...

 Hopes fade for yacht crew
Sydney Morning Herald
Relatives of those on-board a vintage racing yacht which has vanished while sailing between New Zealand and Australia say their hopes of any survivors are fading. No one has heard from any of the seven crew on board the Nina since a text message was .

 Crews resume search for NJ rafting accident victim
Thirty-eight-year-old Gary West of Summit was rafting with a group of several other people Saturday afternoon when the raft he and his 14-year-old daughter were on broke free. It drifted toward the Pennsylvania side of the river and overturned around 1 ...

Windsurfer dies on Lake Winnebago
Appleton Post Crescent
Body of wind surfer recovered from Winnebago in Fo...: The Fond du Lac County sheriff's department and the U.S. Coast Guard search for ,and recover, a body of a wind surfer on Lake Winnebago near Winnebago Drive in Fond du Lac. Saturday, June 29 ..

 Authorities investigating boating accident that claimed life of Clarksville ...
The Republic
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — Authorities are investigating a boating accident on the Cumberland River the claimed the life of a 21-year-old Clarksville woman. According to WSMV-TV (, Stephanie Burns was tubing Saturday evening ...

Boating Accidents And Rescues:

Boater injured after falling into Table Rock Lake
Springfield News-Leader
Perry, of Derby, Kan., was found floating in the water and was pulled out by another boater, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The report states that Perry “started breathing on his own after being pulled from the water.” His boat 

 Sault Ste. Marie man arrested in South Haven for operating a jet ski while drunk
Kalamazoo Gazette -
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Marine Divison said in a press release that the man was not abiding by the posted slow no wake speed in the Black River when they approached him, and officers discovered he did not have a boater's safety certificate and ...

 Man nearly drowns in Lake Washington
KIRO Seattle
People enjoying their day in the park rushed to help -- one man performed CPR and got the boater breathing by the time paramedics arrived. But he was not out of the woods when he left in the ambulance Josh Johnson said. "He wasn't doing good," Johnson ...

 Sarasota Police Are Investigating a Boating Accident
The boating incident happened just after 12:30 p.m., June 30 about 100 yards off of the Tenth Street boat ramp in Sarasota, officials said. The four adults that were on the boat were picked up by other boaters. The vessel was towed in by other boaters...

 DEEP Investigating North Stonington Boating Accident
Hartford Courant
NORTH STONINGTON — The Department of Energy and Environmental is investigating a boating accident Saturday that left an 11-year-old girl with head injuries. DEEP said the girl was ejected from the boat her uncle was operating on Lake Wyassup ..

 One man charged with BUI after Norris Lake boating accident
An Andersonville man is charged with Boating Under the Influence after an overnight boating accident on Norris Lake. TWRA officials told 10News the accident happened in Union County, on the water between Waterside Marina and Point 19.

Yachtsman rescued off coast at Kenfig after sinking danger
BBC News
Volunteer helmsman Andrew Walmsley, from Porthcawl RNLI's Rose of the Shires lifeboat, said: "When on board, my RNLI crew found that there was approximately 3ft of water in the boat and immediately started pumping the water out of the yacht." ..

Skerries RNLI assists lone sailor
Dublin People
SKERRIES RNLI launched shortly before 7pm last Thursday (June 27) to go to the assistance of an 11-metre yacht with one person on board that had run aground north of Rush harbour. Dublin Coast Guard requested Skerries RNLI to launch after two .

 Argus 911: Three rescued after canoe capsizes at Palisades
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Three people were rescued Sunday afternoon after being stranded on rocks in the Big Sioux River at Palisades State Park after their canoe tipped over. “We got a call about a canoe that had capsized with three occupants,” said Sgt. Preston Evans of the ..

 Family uninjured after river accident
When the family of four ended up in the water after the canoe capsized, Collins was glad everyone had a life preserver. Collins, along with Idie Herrera and their teenagers Nathaniel Collins, 15, and Eric Collins, 13, took a canoe and a tube to the ...

ERRC Lifeguards rescue two kayakers from Comino
Gozo News
ERRC Lifeguards rescue two kayakers from Comino Yesterday afternoon the lifeguards of Gozo's Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, who were stationed at the Blue Lagoon in Comino, rescued two people from a kayak that had capsized off the Blue .

 Cops: 3 were on watercraft off Yonkers at night
The Journal News |
Cabreja was charged with three violations of state navigation law, including failure to comply with an officer, operating a personal watercraft after sunset, and operating a vessel after sunset without navigation lights, police said. Alcohol was not 

Coast Guard Rescues 2 From Capsized Watercraft
An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego rescued two men from a capsized personal watercraft off the coast early Sunday. The Joint Harbor Operation Center received a 911 distress call from the two men at 11:40 p.m stating that they were about ...

 A drunk on a Jet Ski is ticketed near South Haven
The 27-year-old male from Sault Sainte Marie was piloting a 1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski at the time. Not only did he register a .15 blood alcohol count, but he had no Boaters Safety Certificate. He was cuffed and taken off to jail. His Jet Ski was towed to a ...

FOX San Antonio - Top Stories Teen Hurt in Lake McQueeney Accident
FOX 29
A teen is recovering after crashing his jet ski into a boat on Lake McQueeney Sunday morning. Officials say the 14-year-old boy was on the ski when he hit the boat. He was thrown into the water but was wearing a life jacket. The boy was flown to 

 Two men and a teen rescued after treading water off Port Douglas for an hour
Perth Now
Port Douglas Coast Guard Commander Jeff Anderson said the incident happened just after 2pm near Satellite Reef. "Basically they were anchored and noticed the vessel wasn't sitting right and noticed there was water coming out the back hatch,'' Mr ..

 Boat fire in Marmora
Shore News Today
(photo by John Ryan) A blazing 21-foot boat is towed closer to dock so firefighters can reach the fire at All Seasons Marina in Marmora on Sunday. MARMORA – Three people were sent to the hospital after a dockside boat fire at the All Seasons Marina .

Men rescued after boat rolls off Waikato coast
New Zealand Herald
The men activated their distress beacon at 5.45pm on Saturday after their seven metre hard-topped trailer boat was hit by a wave and rolled when they were pulling up the anchor, Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand Search and Rescue officer Chris ...

 Man, hit by boat propeller, in hospital with major injuries
Austin American-Statesman
The man, whose name has not been released, was riding this afternoon with four others in a speed boat in the Pedernales River near its intersection with Lake Travis, said Lt. Jared Mikeska, a Pedernales Fire Department spokesman. At around 4:30 p.m .

Alligator Attacks Inflatable Boat of Woman in Florida
Headlines & Global News
Reports about an alligator attacking the woman came to the authorities at around 12:16 p.m. When they found her, they have attested the fact that the woman had indeed been riding a boat that was torn down into pieces by a violent alligator. Though she .

 Three Injured in Boat Fire Near Ocean City
A 24-foot recreational boat was at the fuel dock at All Seasons Marina on the Upper Township side of the 34th Street Bridge when it caught fire at about 11:20 a.m. June 30, according to Chief Jay Newman of the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company.

 Boat capsizes in Sarasota
WTSP 10 News
Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is currently investigating a 15-foot boat that capsized on Sunday afternoon. Juny 30, around 12:30 p.m. the boat capsized 100 yards off the 10th Street boat ramp. According to reports, four adults .

 Man falls off boat, struck by propeller
Stockton Record
The accident occurred when a man fell off the front of a boat about 3:35 p.m. on the channel west of Interstate 5, Stockton Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Stubstad said. The man was sucked under the boat and struck by the propeller, causing

 Two people rescued after boat floats over dam
Two Charles City men survived after their boat lost power and floated over a dam Saturday evening, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources news release. A pontoon boat operated by Ryan Fisher, 25, lost power and floated over a dam on the ...

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