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Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn
(907) 321-4513

JUNEAU, Alaska – With National Safe Boating Week underway the Coast Guard would like to encourage recreational boaters to carry an on board their boat because circumstances change and being prepared can increase chances of survival.

A recent case illustrates the need for an emergency kit and the benefit of reliable communications tools.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five Anchorage residents from the sinking 60-foot Kodiak-based pleasure craft Nordic Mistress 85 miles north of Kodiak Sunday. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene finding the vessel partially submerged and all five survivors in survival suites in a life raft surrounded by debris in the water. The helicopter crew safely hoisted all five survivors of the Nordic Mistress from the life raft and flew them to Kodiak.

“The Coast Guard highly suggests any time you take your boat out for a day of fun on the water that in addition to the required to be on board you have an emergency kit,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph Johnston, an instructor with the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak, Alaska. “The emergency kit should include spare parts for the vessel, such as spare fuel filters, spark plugs, steering fluid, a spare propeller and a tool kit. Additionally, the emergency kit should include items to facilitate self rescue such as a well supplied first aid kit, plus ample water and food.”

Other suggested items for an emergency kit should include a flash light, VHF hand-held radio, extra , flares and a registered emergency position or . It’s also recommended to dress for the and take extra clothing to protect against the elements.

For more information on emergency kits visit the following sites:

For more information contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn at 907-321-4513.


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One comment on “National Safe Boating Week 2011 – Coast Guard encourages use of emergency kits

  1. What would you add to your emergency kit? A few ideas:

    1. Have a propeller that requires a shear pin? Carry an extra.
    2. Fear contact with sea nettles? Carry some meat tenderizer in your first aid kit. Use after scraping the skin with salt water and sand.
    3. Replacement light bulbs for navigation lights.
    4. Extra fuses for electrical circuits that support navigation and communication equipment.
    5. Plan to be out long? How about extra personal items like toiletries or medicines?
    6. How about a man-overboard- bag with survival essentials you can take with you if forced to leave a sinking vessel.

    Be sure to take a Boating Safety Class as well! You’ll learn a lot and meet instructors that understand boating.

    Oh and don’t forget to complete a float plan and give it to someone that will miss you if you don’t return as scheduled.

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