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Wear a Life Jacket when Paddle Boarding

You think it’s cool not wearing a life jacket when paddle boarding? You say you can swim. OK, how long can you swim if no one sees you fall in and your board drifts away? You think again. Your attitude may get you killed.  Wear the life jacket.

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Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Office: (305) 965-4672

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to numerous disabled boat calls in the area this weekend.

Coast Guard Watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received more than 10 distress calls from disabled boaters in need of assistance.

The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters of a few tips to keep safe on the water:

Being educated about safe boating could save a life. Most boating fatalities occur on boats where the operator had not completed a boating course. Courses cover many aspects of boating , from boat handling to reading the .

The Coast Guard urges boaters to obtain a free , which can be conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Vessel safety checks, are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.

Always wear a life jacket and be alert and aware while on the water.

Make sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where you are going and how many people are on board your vessel. It also gives a vessel description, details your destination and what time you expect to arrive there. If you are delayed for some reason, make sure you let someone know.

Make certain to check the prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and you should keep a on the fore-casted conditions.

Have nautical charts of the area you are boating in, a global positioning device and a reliable means of communication on board your vessel.

VHF-FM radio is the best method of communication while on the water. Although cell phones are a good backup, they can be unreliable due to gaps in coverage area and the inevitable dead battery.

Wear your life jacket. More than 90 percent of boaters who were not wearing their . In an emergency there might not be enough time to put one on, so wearing one at all times may save your life.

Making sure all equipment is in good working order, prior to leaving the dock ensures a safe trip.

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(Ed Note: Be prepared!)



Seven Swimming Tips From the Boat US Foundation

Photo Caption: Boaters have special safety needs when swimming from a boat.

Boaters have special safety needs when swimming from a boat.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 25, 2012 – Boating and swimming go hand-in-hand, but unlike a public pool or beach, boaters can’t count on a to watch over them. As this summer’s sweltering heat wave drives more boaters to dive into the deep blue, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has these seven swimming tips:

1. Always ensure the engine is off. The best way to do this is to remove the key from the ignition, leaving it in plain view so everyone knows it won’t start.
2. At , stray electric current from poorly maintained boat electrical and shore power systems can kill swimmers. Three separate marina electrocution incidents over the July 4 left four kids and one adult dead, and injured several others who had tried to come to their rescue.
3. Never dive in head first before confirming the . Mistakenly diving into a shallow, mucky bottom may simply leave you bruised and looking more like the creature of black lagoon. However, diving head first into hard sandy bottom, rock or underwater obstruction could put you in a wheelchair. Deploy a boarding ladder first and ease yourself in to confirm .
4. Never swim alone. If you’re in the middle of the lake and swimming alone, there’s no safety backstop in case you have a problem – which could be nearby boaters unaware of you.
5. It’s always a good idea to have a or floating seat cushion close by (and tied to the boat) that swimmers can easily reach while in the water, or simply hang a dock line over the side. And even if you’re a good , wearing a while in the water makes you nearly drown-proof.
6. Never swim under a boat’s or near any boat with the engine running. You could strike the running gear or to poisoning – it only takes a few whiffs of CO to leave swimmers incapacitated or unconscious. Also stay away from generator exhaust ports.
7. When boats and swimmers collide, boats always win. You’re simply asking for trouble if you swim in channels or marinas. Also never swim in area with strong river or tidal currents, which can swiftly sweep swimmers away from the boat.
For more information on boating safety programs from the BoatUS Foundation, such as the free Online Boating Safety Course or free Kid’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, go to www.BoatUS.com/Foundation.

WASHINGTON- Prescription medications can bring on to boaters on the water far from emergency personnel. “The marine environment exposes people to heat or cold, motion, wind, noise and other factors that can cause fatigue in anyone,” says Richard C. Lavy, M.D. The physical condition of everyone on board should be assessed before leaving the dock. Lack of shade and over exposure to the sun and heat along with ever changing sea conditions can bring on , dizziness and . or confusion will impair the ability to operate a boat safely much like too much .

Recognize the signs of medical and know how to call for help. Depending on geographic area, use marine channel 16 or call 911. Know before you go.

Remember this acronym – BOAT SAFE – it stands for -

-  Bring plenty to eat and drink – avoid dehydration

-  Operate the boat in a safe and responsible manner

-  Always wear a life jacket

-  Take a course

-   Sun, wind and temperatures can be more of a factor than boaters think

-  Annual courtesy vessel safe check

-  File a – leave it with someone who will take action if overdue

-  Evaluate the readiness of operating crew and passengers – it is ok to not get underway when there is doubt

For more information go to www.uscgboating.org or for a class contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary at www.cgaux.org.


Date: Jul 19, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

Contact: Diane Riggan

Office: (530) 289-6397

Mobile: (772) 631-3562

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. Coast Guard men and women live and work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of those communities.

For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org

Salisbury, Md. (July 3, 2012)— Local officials and residents of Salisbury came out to show their excitement and support for the official christening of the M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and at a ceremony on June 23 at the Port of Salisbury. With both fire and medical , the 36-foot MetalCraft Marine, Inc. boat is ready to provide rapid response to accidents along the Wicomico and surrounding .

M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and rescue boat

M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and boat

“In all, the boat provides state of the art performance in fire, rescue, dive and emergency medical services,” said Fire Chief Richard A. Hoppes. “Among its many features, the boat has a stable platform to support dive rescue operations and can supply unlimited water at 2,500 gallons per minute.”

The vessel features:

  • Twin diesel inboard engines that propel the boat to speeds of 40 knots and allow it to perform emergency stops and change direction within two boat lengths
  • Radar, GPS, siren, emergency lights, and chart plotter with depth
  • Heated patient care area with one primary, and two secondary patient resting/sleeping areas
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and options
  • The new fire and project, completed on May 1, was a joint venture. Funding came from a Federal Homeland grant for $896,055 and $50,000 in matching funds from the Waterway Improvement Fund. Revenue for the fund comes from the one-time 5 percent excise tax paid when a boat is purchased and titled in .

    For information on , visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/safety/.

       July 3, 2012

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

    , Md. (June 29, 2012)— With the Fourth of July nearing, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Natural Resources Police (NRP) are urging citizens and visitors to be extra vigilant in and on the water for the and throughout the summer.

    “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the wonderful recreational opportunities our State has to offer, on water and land, to the fullest,” said Superintendent Colonel George F. Johnson IV. “But the importance of while boating and swimming cannot be overstated and must be a number one priority while enjoying Maryland waterways and State Parks.”

    Last year, Maryland experienced an unusually high number of boating deaths. Over the summer, NRP will focus their enforcement efforts on those activities that contribute to , such as , negligent operation, bow riding and navigational violations.

    NRP recommends that stay within designated swimming areas with lifeguards on duty whenever possible. Lifeguards keep all informed of any changes in water conditions and are trained to respond if an emergency occurs.

    NRP also offers the following tips:

  • When swimming outside guarded areas, obey all warning signs that alert swimmers to dangers and be aware of any surrounding signs or markers that indicate current water conditions.
  • Never swim alone or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Pay special attention to small children and use such as life jackets on children or other individuals who cannot swim.
  • Carry a cell phone or have other ways of contacting emergency personnel if a situation arises.
  • If an emergency occurs, immediately call 911 and remember to Reach, Throw, Row and Go:

    REACH the person in trouble by extending a releasable item, such as a pole, line or rope to pull them to safety ─ but not by hand, as the rescuer could quickly become another victim.
    THROW an object that floats to the victim if they are unreachable. Life rings, PFDs, coolers or plastic jugs are suitable floating objects that can keep a troubled swimmer afloat until rescuers arrive.
    ROW to the victim using a canoe or any other safe watercraft. The rescuer must wear a . Once the victim is nearby, a rope or paddle should be extended and used to tow the victim to shore if possible.
    GO to the victim by entering the water as a last resort and ONLY if properly trained. The rescuer should bring an object to keep the victim afloat and to prevent being pulled under.

    More information on boating safety is available at dnr.maryland.gov/boating/safety.

    Press Release

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    Drum Point Flotilla
    Prince Frederick, MD

    Date and Time of Release: June 20, 2012 1600 Hrs

    Contact Person: R.T. West, Flotilla Staff Officer-

    Contact & Registration Telephone: 410-535-2035

    Contact Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.drumpoint.org


    Prince Frederick, MD – Get ready for the season with a presented by the Drum Point Flotilla, ’s Volunteer Guardians. Instructors of the Drum Point Flotilla teach five, two-hour session on Mondays and Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

    Five two-hour sessions start on Monday July 9, 2012. Additional class dates are the 10th, 16th, 17th, and 23rd of July. A final examination is given during the last class session of July 23rd.

    The cost is $20 twenty-dollars per student.

    Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are taken if space permits.

    The classes are held at this location:

    County Services Plaza

    150 Main Street

    Prince Frederick, MD

    Across the street from Lusby Motors Hardware in downtown Prince Frederick.

    Maryland residents born after July 1, 1972:

    This course satisfies the requirements for operating a vessel on Maryland waters and a Certificate of is issued upon satisfactory completion.

    For questions and pre-registration call R.T. West at 410-535-2035 or go to our website http://www.drumpoint.org.




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    The U.S. Coast Guard and are sponsoring short (ten to fifteen minute) seminars that contain information about many related aspects of and just being around the water.  Qualified Coast Guard and are located at their booth in ’s Rash Park this weekend through Monday during the Sailabration event. There is a mini-seminar just for you!

    Please stop by to meet your Guardians and perhaps learn something you might have missed in your own boating-safety .

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary is also recruiting during these seminars. Perhaps you have thought about joining the Auxiliary? We would like you to join us. Visit us at the booth and and find out how to be one of America’s .

    See you at Rash Park!

    WASHINGTON - With Memorial Day now behind us, the season is “officially” under way.  Now is the time to get a Check (VSC)!

    A VSC is a complementary inspection of a recreational boat conducted by a trained and certified U.S. or Vessel Examiner.  A VSC helps to ensure your vessel meets current Federal safety standards.  Items reviewed during the VSC include number, type, and condition of life jackets and fire extinguishers, emergency distress signals, , ventilation, and registration and numbering. While not mandatory, a marine VHF-FM radio, de-watering device(s), anchor, and a first aid kit are also recommended.

    Vessel Safety Check

    Vessel Safety Check

    Boats passing safety checks are awarded a VSC decal that indicates your boat was in full with all Federal and State boating at the time of inspection.  A successful VSC may also qualify you for a discount from your boat insurance company.  If your vessel does not meet the requirements, your Vessel Examiner will provide you with information on what corrective action n

    eeds to be taken to bring your boat into compliance to receive your VSC decal.  No citations are issued for safety violations discovered during a VSC.

    To locate a vessel examiner in your area, please visit: http://www.safetyseal.net/GetVSC/

    Get your Vessel Safety Check today and BOAT SMART FROM THE START!

    MIAMI - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiner James Simpson inspects during a complementary Vessel Safety Check.  Vessel Examiners perform thousands of free across the U.S. each .  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo.


    Date: Jun 13, 2012

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

    Contact: Public Affairs Officer

    Office: (530) 289-6397

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. Coast Guard men and women live and work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of those communities.

    For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org

    5th District Public Affairs
    U.S. Coast Guard

    Date: May 26, 2012
    Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
    (410) 576-2541

    BALTIMORE — Dion Mulvihill, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Wheaton, Md., talks to a boater about getting a vessel safety exam during a National Safe Boating Week event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., May 26, 2012. The Coast Guard Auxiliary provided free vessel safety examinations and information to boaters during the event. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

    BALTIMORE — Dion Mulvihill, a member of the in Wheaton, Md., talks to a boater about getting a exam during a event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., May 26, 2012. The provided free vessel safety examinations and information to boaters during the event. U.S. by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

    BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons sponsored a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.

    Boaters were able to receive a free vessel at various docks in Annapolis from auxiliarists who checked for compliance with all federal and state regulations and issued a highly visible sticker showing compliance.

    A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis hosted tours aboard their boat, having the opportunity to learn about the Coast Guard as well as how to stay safe this boating season.



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    • 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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