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Digital Selective Calling

Have you enabled your DSC (Digital Selective Calling) Marine VHF Radio? Get an MMSI Number and connect your GPS to your marine radio. This technology could save your life.

The Conservancy offers a FREE application for the or iPod Touch that reads data from the NOAA Interpretive Buoy System or CBIBS. The buoys collect and make available real-time weather and .  CBIBS buoys are located in and around Southern Maryland including , Gooses Reef, Patapsco, ,  and Upper .  Other buoys are located at Jamestown, Norfolk, Stingray Point and Susquehanna.

Weather data includes air , temperature, relative humidity, wind direction, speed, and gust speed. There are 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, 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 , is another tool in your kit. Go to the iTunes App Store and search for the app “Smart Buoys.” -

A local resident found the body of , 25, of Eden, Md.,on the near the Marina around 8 a.m., says Tammy Atkins, a spokeswoman for the Community Association.

.COM has the ENTIRE story:  Police identify body washed up on Annapolis beach Monday – WTOP.com.

First District Public Affairs
News Release
Date: January 12, 2012

Contact: First District Public Affairs
(617) 223-8515

(*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.)

1st District 2011 Boating Fatalities Statistics

1st District 2011 Boating Fatalities

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 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 , 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 specialist, 1st Coast Guard District “Take a boating 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 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:

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
U.S. Power Squadrons
U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators


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, Md. (December 7, 2011) — The () Boating Services will host three Clean Marina 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 grants,” said Donna Morrow, program chief of boating services. “Vendors of industrial wash will also be on-hand to share product information.”

DNR will provide complimentary copies of the Clean , 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 .

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.

For more information visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/ or contact Donna Morrow at [email protected] or 410-260-8773.

   December 7, 2011

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

On Jan. 7, 1982, Cain was launched to respond to a from the Pan Am, a 74-foot fishing boat that was taking on water off Maui and was in danger of sinking.

It was 4 a.m. when the lifted off from Barbers Point in and heavy winds.

By 5:15 a.m., the had lost radio contact with the crew. Almost nine hours later, another helicopter discovered the helicopter’s on a steep ridge in ’s Wailua Valley.

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!

Read all twelve of the resolutions at the :  12 New Year’s resolutions for 2012 « Coast Guard .

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 ? From participating in patrols to vessel checks, there’s something for everyone looking to get involved.

Auxiliary blog:  New Year – New Excitement « Coast Guard Auxiliary Live.

An observation made by the Editor of DrumPoint.org Doug Smith.

On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve my wife and I were near the boardwalk at Solomons Island having lunch. As we looked out over the we saw a in the distance proceeding toward us from the East about a hundred feet off shore.

As the rowboat came closer we saw that it was occupied by an older (fifty-ish) heavy set adult with a baseball cap. Keep in mind that the river temperatures are in the fifty degree range more or less and there was a breeze giving the river a little chop.

The rower was NOT WEARING a life jacket and we could not see one in his paddle craft as he passed.  Neither my wife or I could imagine what this man was thinking when he went rowing so unprepared for an emergency.  Had this man spilled himself into the river he stood a good chance of missing the New Year entirely. He could have died.

The boating- message and especially the - is being lost on too many folks. As a boating-, I find it most frustrating that people apparently choose to abandon all common sense and takes risks that put their own life at stake. And then of course, I have to sit there and watch as he does it.

I just hope that every boater in reads all of the news reports about our horrendous 2011 fatality record, the worst since 1992, and that each boater takes steps not to become a death statistic in 2012.

This year when you see family or friends taking on the water say something to them. The and the Maryland are paying very close attention as well.  Boating-Safety instructors are REALLY driving home the message this year. The boat-safely message might hit home a little harder if family or friends kept after the family super hero that thinks he or she is immortal.

Boating will take your life if you let it.

Twenty-five people, ranging in age from 14 to 81, have been killed this year in () boating accidents. The victims were sailors and watermen, sportsmen and pleasure boaters. Only one — the youngest — was female.

via Maryland boating deaths: State records 25 fatalities in 2011 – baltimoresun.com.

First, attract as much attention as possible as fast as you can. I never go on a boat without a , knife, and . The is first and foremost. The light and the whistle are to attract attention.

Auxiliarist Vincent Pica writes via The Auxiliary blog. Read the entire article here:  Man Overboard! « Coast Guard Auxiliary Live.

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Remember the Maryland 25
Dead Maryland Boaters in 2011

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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Rear Admiral William "Dean" Lee

“You wouldn’t allow your kids to sit on the hood of your car, so why would you allow them to sit on the bow of your boat?”

Rear Admiral Dean Lee, 5th District commander, United States Coast Guard

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