Never over load your vessel. Check your capacity plate for maximum allowed weight. Evaluate your free board as cargo and passengers board the vessel. Is the load equally distributed fore and aft, port and starboard. Above all use common sense and do not take senseless risks.
Date: July 27, 2012
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen
Office: (305) 318-1864
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Two people are safe on land after spending more than four hours in the water Thursday night after their 19-foot sailboat capsized near Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Weather reports for the area indicate seas were about 4 to 6 feet.
A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., launched to search. Local authorities responded as well.
“This case is an excellent example of how wearing a life jacket can save your life,” said Capt. Michael White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston. “Accidents on the water can happen to anyone, and wearing a life jacket when boating can significantly increase the ability to survive unpredictable accidents.”
To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well. More information on U.S. Coast Guard requirements is available HERE.
Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard — Proud History. Powerful Future.