Posts Tagged ‘Boating Safety’
Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Contact: D7 PADET CENTRAL
Office: (305) 965-4672
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 safety education course. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather.
The Coast Guard urges boaters to obtain a free vessel safety check, 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 local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and you should keep a watchful eye 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 drown were not wearing their life jackets. 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.
(Ed Note: Be prepared!)
WASHINGTON- Prescription medications can bring on unwanted side effects 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 dehydration, dizziness and heat exhaustion. Drowsiness or confusion will impair the ability to operate a boat safely much like too much alcohol.
Recognize the signs of medical distress and know how to call for help. Depending on geographic area, use VHF 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 boating safety course
- Sun, wind and temperatures can be more of a factor than boaters think
- Annual courtesy vessel safe check
- File a float plan – 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
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 rescue boat at a ceremony on June 23 at the Port of Salisbury. With both fire and medical service capabilities, the 36-foot MetalCraft Marine, Inc. boat is ready to provide rapid response to boating accidents along the Wicomico and surrounding rivers.
“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:
The new fire and rescue vessel project, completed on May 1, was a joint venture. Funding came from a Federal Homeland Security grant for $896,055 and $50,000 in matching funds from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 Maryland.
|July 3, 2012||
Contact: Josh Davidsburg
Annapolis, 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 holiday 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 safety 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 boating accidents, such as alcohol, negligent operation, bow riding and navigational violations.
NRP recommends that swimmers stay within designated swimming areas with lifeguards on duty whenever possible. Lifeguards keep all swimmers informed of any changes in water conditions and are trained to respond if an emergency occurs.
NRP also offers the following swimming safety tips:
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 life jacket. 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.
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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-Public Education
Contact & Registration Telephone: 410-535-2035
Contact Email: [email protected]
Prince Frederick, MD – Get ready for the Summer boating season with a Maryland Boating Safety Course presented by the Drum Point Flotilla, Calvert County’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 Maryland Department of Natural Resources Certificate of Boating Safety Education 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.
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
The Drum Point Flotilla
Southern Maryland’s Volunteer Lifesavers
The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary are sponsoring short (ten to fifteen minute) seminars that contain information about many safety related aspects of boating and just being around the water. Qualified Coast Guard and Auxiliary members are located at their booth in Baltimore Harbor’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 education.
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 volunteer Guardians.
See you at Rash Park!
5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: May 26, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
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 safety examination 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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Reducing Maryl;and boating tragedies is at the top of the to-do lists of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons. Together we moderate a local bulletin-board form at the popular Southern Maryland Online website. We want to thank SOMD>COM for making the forum space available as a public service.