The Chesapeake Bay Conservancy offers a FREE application for the iPhone or iPod Touch that reads data from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System or CBIBS. The buoys collect and make available real-time weather and water data. CBIBS buoys are located in and around Southern Maryland including Thomas Point, Gooses Reef, Patapsco, Potomac, and Upper Potomac. Other buoys are located at Jamestown, Norfolk, Stingray Point and Susquehanna.
Weather data includes air pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind direction, speed, and gust speed. There are water quality indicators helpful for fishermen and crabbers, that also include current direction and speed. You can get an accurate indication of wind chill and the freezing point of the water, wave height maximums and means, periods or spreads.
You should always check the weather before you leave your harbor. Having this app handy, as well as your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, is another tool in your safety kit. Go to the iTunes App Store and search for the app “Smart Buoys.” -
A local resident found the body of Tyler Cordrey, 25, of Eden, Md.,on the beach near the Chesapeake Harbour Marina around 8 a.m., says Tammy Atkins, a spokeswoman for the Chesapeake Harbour Community Association.
WTOP.COM has the ENTIRE story: Police identify body washed up on Annapolis beach Monday – WTOP.com.
First District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: January 12, 2012
Contact: First District Public Affairs
(*Note: Maryland is in Coast Guard District 5, however we also have increased interest in paddling and in 2011 Maryland had the highest number of boating fatalities since 1992. This information is timely and relevant.)
BOSTON — Recreational boating and paddling fatalities on waters of the northeastern U.S. have remained nearly the same for the second year in a row.
The 1st Coast Guard District recorded a preliminary total of 51 deaths during 2011. There were 50 fatalities in 2009 and 51 fatalities in 2010. Capsizing or falling overboard while not wearing a life jacket were the main factors resulting in fatalities.
Boating fatalities were divided between 29 deaths on motorized vessels and 22 deaths on non-motorized vessels.
Due to the tremendous growth in kayaking over the past decade, and the long-standing interest in canoeing, northeastern paddle-sport fatalities are typically double the national average.
Out of the 51 deaths last year, 44 of the boaters were not wearing lifejackets.
“Lifejackets save lives”, said Walt Taylor, recreational boating safety specialist, 1st Coast Guard District “Take a boating education course, ensure you have all the required safety equipment to have a safe and fun boating season next year.”
One memorable case in 2011 involved the death of N.Y. Police Department officer Patrick Luca who drowned while kayaking with his son off Long Island (Click here for original release). The high-profile nature of the case captured public interest and emphasized the significance of simple decisions, like wearing a life jacket.
“It’s extremely important to get these statistics out,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “But it’s even more important for all of us to realize that these aren’t just numbers. They were friends, parents, spouses, sons and daughters. They were neighbors in a very close maritime community.”
While the Coast Guard continues to deliver the message of safe boating, this year, said Klinker, the Coast Guard is making a special plea to the friends and families of all boaters: Hold your loved ones accountable and make sure they take the right steps to come home safe.
For a geographic breakdown and overall numbers of incidents and fatalities in 2011, click here.
For boating safety information, click here.
As the Coast Guard records the national statistics for 2011, the 2010 information is available here.
Safe-boating courses are available through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons. Course information may be found at:
Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard — Proud History. Powerful Future.
Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services will host three Clean Marina workshops for marina and boatyard operators in January 2012. DNR encourages all marine facilities, including certified Clean Marinas, to attend this free event.
“Participants will learn how to; comply with regulation changes and the new General Discharge Permit, become a certified Clean Marina and successfully apply for pumpout grants,” said Donna Morrow, program chief of boating services. “Vendors of industrial wash water treatment systems will also be on-hand to share product information.”
DNR will provide complimentary copies of the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook, Award Checklists, pumpout grant applications and educational materials for boaters at the workshops. The Guidebook outlines best management practices in areas such as vessel maintenance, fuel handling, sewage handling and stormwater management.
Facilities of any size can be certified as a Clean Marina, including community associations and yacht clubs. In addition to helping reduce pollution and protect waterways, Clean Marinas often enjoy discounted insurance rates, reduced clean up costs and improved relations within their community. Clean Marinas undergo a site visit to verify Award criteria and are then re-certified every three years. There are currently 144 certified Clean Marinas in Maryland, equating to approximately 24 percent of all marinas in the State. To view the list, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/cleanmarinas.asp.
Choose a Workshop:
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- January 11: Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore County
- January 24: Hyatt River Marsh Hotel, Cambridge
- January 26: Annapolis Recreation Center, Annapolis
The Department requests advanced registration, as space is limited. To register: email [email protected], include “Clean Marina Workshop” in the subject line, indicate which workshop you wish to attend, and provide the names of the attendees. Workshops are contingent upon at least six facilities pre-registering.
|December 7, 2011||
Contact: Josh Davidsburg
On Jan. 7, 1982, Cain was launched to respond to a distress call from the Pan Am, a 74-foot fishing boat that was taking on water off Maui and was in danger of sinking.
Read about Lt. Cain: Remembering LT Colleen Cain 30 years later « Coast Guard Compass.
There are hundreds of things that you can do to make boating safer, and even the simple things can make the difference between keeping your loved ones safe or disaster. From learning how to file a float plan, to ensuring your boat is properly equipped, there are some great resolutions for all who take to the water.
Make a resolution that will keep you safer on the water, and be sure to keep it all year long!
As the new year begins, many of us will make resolutions for 2012. “Leading a healthier lifestyle” tops a lot of people’s list, but what about becoming active and productive in your community by joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary? From participating in safety patrols to vessel safety checks, there’s something for everyone looking to get involved.
Coast Guard Auxiliary blog: New Year – New Excitement « Coast Guard Auxiliary Live.
Twenty-five people, ranging in age from 14 to 81, have been killed this year in (Maryland) boating accidents. The victims were sailors and watermen, sportsmen and pleasure boaters. Only one — the youngest — was female.
First, attract as much attention as possible as fast as you can. I never go on a boat without a life jacket, knife, flashlight and whistle. The life jacket is first and foremost. The light and the whistle are to attract attention.