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The Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) announced Thursday that they recovered the body of the man who went missing after a sailing incident on Monday.

via Body of Missing Boater Recovered – Pasadena, MD Patch.

WASHINGTON (AP) – D.C. police say 19 people have been rescued after a boat overturned in the waters beneath the 14th Street bridge.

Get the ENTIRE story via 19 rescued after boat capsizes in Potomac beneath 14th St. bridge | WJLA.com.

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Date: Sept. 09, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
Office: (617) 223-8515

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue who did not return from a -fishing trip near ’s Beach in Swampscott, Mass., Sept. 8, 2012.

Missing is Mayran Lisoboich, 23.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received notification from Lisoboich’s girlfriend at approximately 7 p.m. that he had not returned back to the beach from a kayak trip.

Lisoboich was last seen departing from Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott at approximately 4 p.m. He was reported to be fishing in the area.

A Coast Guard Station Point Allerton 47-foot Motor Life Boat and Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter are searching the area.

“He was reported to be in a blue kayak; no shirt, no and red swim trunks,” said Lt. Garrett Meyer, the command duty officer at . “We’re out there looking for him.”

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Sector Boston Command Center at (617) 223-3201.
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Del. Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. said today that he had been drinking alcohol when a motorboat he was operating collided with another motorboat in the Magothy River on Wednesday — an accident that left six people with serious inuries.

Get the entire story via Del. Donald Dwyer Jr. injured in Arundel boating accident – baltimoresun.com.

The SAR alarm is sounded and a Coast Guard helicopter is launched. As the aircrew arrives on scene, ready to search for the boater who needs their help, a green light enters the cockpit. It’s a green laser being shined from land and its blinding beam forces the pilots to head back to base, unable to finish their search.

Read the ENTIRE story at the:  Coast Guard Compass.

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There is mobile high tech at the American Red Cross! ARC has developed three interesting new apps for mobile devices that may be of interest to boaters or to others interested in emergency management. On the iPhone or iPod Touch ARC has released these apps:


Hurricane alerts and a handy “How to Prepare” section with tests that allow you to unlock badges as you learn.

First Aid

Basic First Aid assistance.  The Coast Guard suggests that boaters take a first aid course. Many boaters are a long way from immediate medical  assistance while on the water. The app goes through basic first aid reminding you of the steps to take and defines typical situations you might encounter.  There are refresher articles to read and quizzes to take that  unlock badges documenting your progress.

Shelter View

Shelter View gives you a USA map with the locations of open Red Cross shelters and a link to related news articles.

There are apps under development for Tornadoes, Earthquake, and Flood.

These apps are no substitute for required certification courses on any subject but serve as tools for those interested in the subject matter.

The First Aid app is available for the Kindle Fire (Android operating system.)

Annapolis, Md. (August 2, 2012) – The Diamond Jim component of the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its third and final phase today when a crew of local, volunteer anglers, Chesapeake Bay charter captains and Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) biologists caught, tagged and released more than 150 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth $25,000 to the angler who catches it between August 1 and midnight September 3, with the other tagged rockfish known as imposters worth at least $500 each. New this month, gift certificates have also been provided by a handful of generous, local tackle shops. So far this year, four potential Diamond Jim fish have been caught and are awaiting certification.

“The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy our State’s great outdoors,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “I encourage all Marylanders and visitors to join in making lasting memories by fishing in our beautiful waters.”

As an exciting added incentive, six Maryland fishing tackle stores – All Tackle of Annapolis, Clyde’s Sport Shop of Landsdowne, Fishbone’s Bait and Tackle in Pasadena, Herb’s Tackle Shop of North East, Marty’s Tackle Shop in Edgewater, and Tochterman’s Tackle in Fell’s Point in Baltimore – are each offering a $1,000 gift certificate to the angler that catches the authentic Diamond Jim.

Additionally, the angler who catches the August Diamond Jim will receive a set of one-carat total weight, round, brilliant diamond stud earrings worth approximately $4,000 from Zachary’s Jewelers in Annapolis. Zachary’s is also providing five- to six- carat blue topaz charms for anglers who catch imposter fish. All told, the value of Diamond Jim for the month of August, including the Zachary’s Diamonds and the tackle store gift certificates, is $35,000.

“The Chesapeake Bay is one of the best places on earth for weddings, proposals, anniversaries, birthdays, and of course, fishing,” said Zachary’s Jewelers owner Steve Samaras. “It just seems appropriate that the quest for a rockfish named Diamond Jim should have diamonds as a prize. All of us at Zachary’s are happy to provide these jewels with sincere hope that on September 8, we will have a winner.”

Over the summer, more than 300 imposters worth at least $500 each and one genuine Diamond Jim will be pursued by anglers. Each month Diamond Jim goes uncaught the bounty increases – from $10,000 in June, to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

The Hunt for Diamond Jim is a special summer feature of the Maryland Fishing Challenge, with roots that ran in the late1950s. The original contest featured a single, tagged striped bass worth $25,000. DNR revived this fun, family event in 2007 to highlight Maryland’s State fish, promote recreational fishing, recognize angler achievement and inspire natural resources stewardship. The contest still features a guaranteed $25,000 payout: If one of the three authentic Diamond Jims is not caught by midnight Labor Day, the cash prize will be split equally among the anglers who catch imposters this summer.

Now in its eighth year, the Challenge showcases Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay as a premier sport fishing destination with accessible, affordable, diverse and high quality fishing for anglers of all ages – from the crystal mountain streams, to the central Maryland lakes and the mighty Potomac River, down to the Chesapeake Bay, the Coastal Bays and the Atlantic Ocean.

This year’s challenge honors the life and times of world renowned fly-fishing legend Lefty Kreh. Over his remarkable 75-year career the Maryland native has shared his enthusiasm and skill for fishing through his columns, books and presentations. He is also known for his commitment to Maryland’s natural resources, promoting conservation and clean water, and giving back to the outdoors. Kreh will be honored by Governor Martin O’Malley at the dedication of the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park on June 11.

Anglers who catch and register any of the more than 80 Maryland Angler Award eligible sport fish species receive certificates of achievement and free passes to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale, which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 8, 2012. This year’s Celebration will include chances to win a boat, trailer and motor package from Tracker Marine, a tropical vacation package from the World Fishing Network, tackle packages from Bill’s Outdoor Center and Bass Pro Shops and collectable Maryland Fishing Challenge shirts from Under Armour.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge runs annually from the day after Labor Day through the following Labor Day each year. All fish must be caught recreationally by rod and reel. The Angler Award species list and the official Maryland Fishing Challenge and Diamond Jim contest rules are located at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/challenge.

Catch a fish is included in the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in April 2009. The Bill is part of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, an initiative to ensure all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.

Anglers are invited to follow Diamond Jim on Facebook at facebook.com/diamondjim.md, and DNR Fisheries at facebook.com/MDDNRFisheriesService and on Twitter at @mddnrfish.

More information on the Maryland Seafood Festival is available at www.MDseafoodfestival.com.

Anglers that catch a tagged striper must not remove the tag. They should put the fish in their freezer and call the number printed on the tag. A DNR representative will follow-up to examine and certify the tag. The Diamond Jim component of this year’s challenge ends at midnight on September 3.

   August 2, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
[email protected]


Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Communications Office.

Annapolis, Md. (August 2, 2012) – The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has launched OPERATION: CAMPOUT!, a new program that provides basic camping gear, free of charge, to service members and their families in and around the State. The initiative is funded in partnership with The North Face: Explore Your Parks, a program that encourages families to get outdoors and enjoy state parks across the country.

“We’re proud to once again partner with The North Face for an important initiative, which allows us to reach out to our servicemen and women, providing equipment for to those who may want to try camping but don’t have the necessary gear,” said MPS Superintendent Nita Settina. “Maryland’s State Parks provide endless opportunities for people of every age to connect with nature, like hiking, climbing, running, biking and paddling, just to name a few.”

OPERATION: CAMPOUT! is currently offered at five State parks in Maryland: Swallow Falls, New Germany, Rocky Gap, Patapsco Valley, and Pocomoke River. The program is for service members stationed at nearby military installations or recovering at facilities across the State or in close proximity to Maryland. Each park is equipped with gear lockers stocked with essential equipment to camp – a six-person North Face tent, camp pads, chairs, a cook stove, a lantern and roasting sticks for marshmallows or hot dogs.

MPS has been in partnership with The North Face: Explore Your Parks since the program’s launch in 2010. Explore Your Parks was created to encourage Americans to get outside and enjoy the close-to-home recreation that State Parks offer. Through options such as Activity Guides, Park Passes, and Camping programs, Explore Your Parks helps people to discover the unique sights, activities, and wildlife within their own State Parks. More information and resources are available at www.exploreyourparks.com.

Service members who would like to participate in the program can reserve their campsite (prices vary by park) and camping gear (at no charge) by contacting the park directly:

More information on the program is available at dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/armed_forces.asp.

   August 2, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
[email protected]

The Memorial Wall is sponsored and maintained by the Past Commanders’ Association through dues and donations. The intent of the Memorial Wall is to honor those members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary who have “Crossed the Bar”* while faithfully serving in the Auxiliary or when retired from the Auxiliary.

Names are added to the Memorial Wall the year following a member’s ‘Crossing’. A memorial service is held each year, as part of Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival.

This year’s service will be held at Escanaba Park, Grand Haven, MI on August 3 starting at 1100.

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Three Maryland boating deaths in 2012. Three sailboat emergencies, 1 death; 1 swimmer death; 1 allision death with two trauma injuries; 1 major injury from gasoline engine fire,

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  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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