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Tip of the Day: Is your boat plug installed?

You removed your boat plug in the winter after hauling your boat from the water, but have you remembered to reinstall it? Every year, some recreational boaters launch and then watch their boats sink  because they forgot to reinstall the boat plug. Don’t let it happen to you.

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, Md. (June 18, 2012) − Boaters traveling in , the , the Elk and Northeast and , and the Maryland portion of the & (C&D) Canal must adhere to recently updated boat . The State is providing citizens with free tests to determine if their boat is within the legal limit.

More information via the Maryland Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Communications Office.

5th District Public Affairs
News Release
Date: May 28, 2012

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(757) 309-3570

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard ended its search at 10:25 a.m. Monday for a 42-year-old man after the 21- he was aboard allided with a jetty in Kent Narrows, Md., Sunday.

A crew from the Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered the man 10 yards away from the scene of the allision.

A member of the ’s County Fire contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at approximately 11:30 p.m. reporting a boat with four people aboard had struck a jetty in Kent Narrows.

A 50-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman with injuries were medevaced by a crew aboard a Maryland State Police helicopter and transported to a hospital. The remaining person was uninjured.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., crews aboard helicopters, Natural Resources Police boatcrews and Queen Anne’s County Fire Rescue boatcrews responded to search for the man.



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Reducing Maryl;and tragedies is at the top of the to-do lists of the Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons.  Together we moderate a local bulletin-board form at the popular Online website.  We want to thank SOMD>COM for making the forum space available as a public service.

Southern join with us and talk in the Boating Safety Forum! See you there.

This video produced by the in North Carolina describes the Belt , a type of made for the boater who always offers an excuse in order to wear nothing. Now there is no excuse. There are no ugly tan lines, no discomfort, no difficulty with a rod etc etc.

The belt pack cannot and should not be worn in some circumstances. A speed/impact rated life jacket is required for operation as an example. Wearers need to know that an additional step is required after you unexpectedly fall into the water. You must put the life jacket on.

There are MANY different kinds of  U.S. certified . Shop around and find one that you WILL WEAR. Wearing it on board is the right thing to do.  A life jacket floats and you don’t.

The Drum Point Flotilla wants you to Remember the 25! The 25 who died in in 2011. Be become a 2012 death statistic. Maryland!

5th District Public Affairs
News Release

Date: Apr 8, 2012

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a capsized sailing vessel in the around , Md., 9 a.m., Sunday.

A Maryland pilot aboard a bulk freighter contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 8:30 a.m., after spotting a waving man on the overturned vessel one mile north of the Annapolis anchorage.

Sector Baltimore dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Annapolis and were aided in the search for the man by two SYSCOM helicopters, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Fireboat 19. The Coast Guard Station Annapolis crew arrived on scene to find the man sitting atop his vessel. They transferred him to awaiting . The man was reported to be suffering from and was flown by SYSCOM Trooper 6 helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The man was reported to have been atop his vessel for over nine hours.

“We like to emphasize that boaters try to stay with their vessels if at all possible,” said Lt. j.g. Salomee Fisher, Sector Baltimore command duty officer. “It gives the first responders a larger object to look for during their search. Also, file a float plan and give it to someone so that they can make a report as soon as you’re overdue. These things greatly aid the likelihood of being found in an emergency.”


The Drum Point Flotilla reminds Marylanders to “Remember the Maryland 25!” Maryland.  Avoid tragedy. Sharpen your skills, use equipment properly, and boat smart.

Remember those who dies in Maryland boating accidents in 2011.

2012 Accidents 1,  Fatalities 0.


WHAT:  DNR will present Steuart and Hamilton Chaney, owners of , with a certificate and prizes for their clean marina practices in 2011.

WHERE: During a Clean Marina Workshop:

“Pip Moyer” Recreation Center

273 Hilltop Lane

Annapolis, MD 21403

WHEN:  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Remarks beginning at 10 a.m. Presentation at approximately 10:30 a.m.

WHO:    DNR Services Staff

Marina and Owners


Maryland launched the first Clean Marina Program in the United States in 1998 and to date has certified 145 facilities as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners. DNR created this contest last year to celebrate the excellent work of these small businesses to protect our natural resources and comply with complex regulations.


Press Release

U.S. Auxiliary

Drum Point Flotilla

Prince Frederick, MD

Date and Time of Release: 2012-01-24   19:00

Contact Person: R.T. West

Contact Telephone:  410-535-2035

Contact via: Website Form

Class Flyer: PDF Format

Skills and Class

(Prince Frederick, MD) The Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla, Calvert County’s Volunteer Guardians, have scheduled their annual Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Get ready for the upcoming boating season and take a boating class with the Drum Point Flotilla.

The classes are held at the Calvert Services Plaza, 150 Main Street, Room 102, Prince Frederick, MD across from the and the Lusby Motor Company.

This course of instruction is the Auxiliary’s most comprehensive.   There are nine two-hour sessions beginning March 5, 2012 held on Monday and Tuesday nights from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

A final test is given during the last class session which is scheduled for April 2, 2012.

The cost for material;s is thirty dollars ($30.00) per student.

Pre-registration is requested. Walk-in students are accepted on a space-available basis.

To pre-register or ask for further information you may call R.T. West, FSO-PE at 410-535-2035 or use the contact instructor website link above at our website DrumPoint.org.

The Drum Point Flotilla reminds every resident that if you are born after July 1, 1972 this course satisfies the requirements for operating a vessel on Maryland Waters and a Maryland Certificate of Boating Safety Education will be issued upon satisfactory completion.


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Just after 10:00 a.m., the Natural Resources Police responded to a that occurred on the near .

2NEWS.COM has the entire story:  Canoe capsizes, man swims to safety.

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

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

(*Note: is in Coast Guard District 5, however we also have increased interest in paddling and in 2011  had the highest number of since 1992. This information is timely and relevant.)

1st District 2011 Boating Fatalities Statistics

1st District 2011 Boating Fatalities Statistics

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 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 specialist, 1st Coast Guard District “Take a boating education course, ensure you have all the required equipment to have a safe and fun 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. 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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Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) — The () Services will host three Clean Marina for marina and 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 water treatment systems will also be on-hand to share product information.”

DNR will provide complimentary copies of the Maryland 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]

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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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Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

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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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