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Call the Coast Guard on Channel 16

The BEST way, and the preferred way to call the Coast Guard in an emergency is on Marine VHF Channel 16. Having a cellular telephone is a good thing but these do not always work. Get a marine VHF radio for your vessel or paddlecraft.

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I would like to commend the excellent work that was conducted over the past week by Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. Under the outstanding leadership of Captain Mark O’Malley, Sector Baltimore had three very challenging events within a very short time span: President Obama’s visit to Baltimore, 2012, and the safe passage of four super-sized cranes headed to the Port of Baltimore.

Read the entire story via Coast Guard did a first-rate job managing week of big events – baltimoresun.com.

The 295-foot cutter , America’s , is scheduled to rejoin the fleet in Boston June 30.

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Eagle departed at about 10 a.m., Sunday, continuing its cruise on the way to its next OpSail 2012 port of call.

The 295-foot cutter Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, is scheduled to rejoin the fleet in Boston June 30.

The remaining OpSail 2012 fleet will continue to participate in the Sailabration and offer public ship tours in Baltimore Harbor until the fleet’s departure Tuesday, at 7 a.m.

The Eagle, homeported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., actively serves as a training platform, providing a foundation of and leadership for future Coast Guard officers.

In 2009, the Coast Guard recorded 4,730 recreational boating accidents that involved 736 deaths. Even more alarming, a study by the National Safe Boating Council also found that Maryland ranks third in the country when it comes to boating accidents.

Read the tips via Tips for Avoiding a Dangerous Boating Accident This Summer | Paul Weber – JDSupra.

On June 5, 2012 at approximately 8:20 p.m. SYSCOM, the statewide helicopter dispatch center, received a request from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for the use of a helicopter to assist in the search for four lost kayakers on the Pocomoke river.

via A Maryland State Police helicopter located four lost kayakers as darkness quickly descended upon the Pocomoke River. | Ocean City Magic brings you news, entertainment, and Ocean City MD information.

(Paddlers do you have a float plan? DO you know where you are going and how you are returning? Do you have local knowledge of the water you will use for your voyage?  Do you have a Marine VHF radio? Do you have signaling devices?

Most importantly, do you have the necessary skills to go where you want to paddle?)

It was an oddly apropros moment, today, as the mayor and governor joined other public officials and event sponsors at the Inner Harbor to kick off Baltimore’s lead role in the upcoming national commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812

More 1812 via Sailabration kicks off with fireworks, National Anthem and … pirates? | Baltimore Brew.

BALTIMORE — More than 40 tall ships and naval vessels from 12 countries will fill Baltimore’s waters starting June 13.

Read the ENTIRE story via Tall ships and navy vessels to fill Baltimore waters for 200th anniversary of War of 1812.

Baltimore will launch its commemoration of the War of 1812 by land, sea and air this week, starting with parachute jumps into Camden Yards and a parade of tall ships into the harbor. The history-filled week features music, fireworks and an air show over Fort McHenry.

Get the ENTIRE story via Sailabration moves across land, sea and sky – Baltimore Sun.

DEWEY ISLAND — There’s a sport that’s been growing exponentially on Delmarva that combines aspects of surfing, kayaking and canoeing, takes about five minutes to learn and, best of all, doesn’t require waves.

via Stand-up paddleboarding takes off | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com.

(You will see my comment on this article at DelMarvaNow beneath the article. The story does not contain any information about required safety equipment – only the safety leash is mentioned because SUP shops push the leash as the only gear you need. That is not true. A leash is sufficient ONLY WHEN THE BOARD IS USED FOR SURFING. Surfing is done on coastlines with waves. Paddle boarding in Southern Maryland is as a transit vessel and often in deep water.

The US Coast Guard requires paddle boarders to have a life jacket on board preferably wearing it) and an audible device. AT night a FLASHLIGHT is required. None of the persons in this DelMarVaNow article are wearing or carrying the required safety equipment. They are placing themselves at great risk. You would be surprised how many paddle boarders do not even wear a leash!

Knocked unconscious when you hit your head on your board or a submerged unseen object, how are you going to survive without a lifejacket? When another vessel or a swimmer in the water gets too close how are you going to effectively warn them off.

I know that many will say, “I can swim.” My response to that has always been, “Yes, but for how long?” We call it “Famous Last Words Syndrome.”  Paddling casualties in the NE USA have been steady at a high level and have shown no signs of decreasing.  The Coast Guard reported this for the NE states in the last six months. It’s because vessel operators take unsafe risks.

We IMPLORE the news services to talk about safety equipment and to picture stand-up paddlers wearing the proper gear. When pictured in this fashion the public is more likely to understand the need for the required safety gear. Reporters get out in the harbors and on the coast and take your own safety census. Write about the death and injury statistics and see who the paddle boarders are in Southern Maryland. The majority are not the power racers or experienced surfers. They are your neighbors. Your neighbor’s skill level probably requires him or her to be wearing that life jacket.

The Coast Guard is watching for safety gear on stand-up paddle boards. When you do not have that gear the Guardians will return you to port.  Do the right thing and carry the gear and wear that life jacket.)

Ten double kayaks and three single kayaks from Thompson Boat Center were on the Potomac when two double kayaks capsized due to wind and rough water.

Read the ENTIRE story here: Four Kayakers Rescued From Potomac River | NBC4 Washington.

Federal regulators have given a thumbs-up to Maryland’s plan for helping restore the ailing Bay, but say state officials still need to follow through with measures to reduce polluted urban and suburban runoff.

Read the ENTIRE story at the Baltimore Sun:  EPA okays Maryland’s Bay cleanup plan – baltimoresun.com.

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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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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • 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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