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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 Coast Guard Auxiliary 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 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 — The Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons sponsored a 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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Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt read the proclamation and Don Haskin, Flotilla Commander,

Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt read the proclamation and Don Haskin, Flotilla Commander, accepted on behalf of the Flotilla.

By Connie Cosgrove

(Prince Frederick, MD) On 15 May the Board of County Commissioners presented US Auxiliary Flotilla 23-6 with a proclamation.

The proclamation stated, “…while being a marvelous source of recreation, boating to the unprepared can be a risky sport.  Not knowing or obeying the , or the nautical “rules of the road,” the use of alcohol or drugs while operating a boat, or choosing not to wear your , are clearly not smart things to do.”

The proclamation further stated that “knowledge and skills are important in reducing human error and improving judgment.  If people are aware of the risk, they are likely to take the precautionary measures to protect themselves, their friends, and their family.  This is why the message of is not only during NSBW but throughout the entire year.

The proclamation pointed out that on the average 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the US with approximately 70% of the deaths caused by drowning.  Most of the 70% were because they were not wearing a life jacket.

The proclamation concluded with, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of that the week of May 19-25, 2012, be known as Week in Calvert County.  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that by this action we advocate year-round efforts to promote safe boating and urge all those who boat to “wear it” and practice safe, smart boating habits.

Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt read the proclamation and Don Haskin, Flotilla Commander, 23-6 accepted the proclamation on behalf of the unit.  Haskin introduced himself and spoke briefly on the Auxiliary.  Bill Smith gave each Commissioner a handout containing a unit ball cap and literature.  Other Flotilla members attending were:  Connie and John Cosgrove, Ray Feller, Ginger and Ron Sauer, and Harry Scott.

As part of Week, we asked our U.S. fans what item that helps them boat responsibly would they like to know more about. While there were votes for VHF radios, marine , and courses, there was one item that stood out with the most votes…

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OREGON INLET, N.C. - Petty Officer 1st Class Kenny J. Akana gives the operator of a boat a boating report at the conclusion of a recreational boating boarding in Oregon Inlet, N.C., May 27, 2011. Boardings like these are conducted to educate boaters, and personnel check registrations and inspect , fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices and . U.S. photo by Seaman Jourdin M. Pitts

U.S. Coast Guard
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Date: May 27, 2011

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
(757) 398-6272

OREGON INLET, N.C. – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet performed boardings here Friday to educate the public during Week.

The boardings are conducted to ensure recreational boaters have the necessary emergency equipment onboard and to educate mariners on the importance of having these items.

The Coast Guard boarding team members check the boat operator’s registration, life jackets, flares, sound-producing devices and fire extinguishers. Each is checked to see if it is up-to-date and serviceable.

Failure to have or maintain the may result in warnings or fines.

“These boardings will prevent future emergencies, and National Safe Boating Week is an excellent time to prepare for a secure and fun summer on the water,” according to Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Adam M. Fredrickson. “Boaters should always remember to wear their life jackets, check their fire extinguishers and not allow passengers to ride on the bow of their boats.”


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(Note: This news release was directed at citizens that operated paddle craft on the Great Lakes but the information is just as valuable to the paddlesports enthusiasts in Southern . The Drum Point Flotilla is still considering how and when the four hour Paddlesmart Class will be offered, but there may be other flotillas or Power Squadrons ready to offer the course mentioned in this article.)

Ninth District External Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: May 27, 2011

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office
(216) 902-6020

CLEVELAND — As Week concludes, the Ninth Coast Guard District is reminding paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions to ensure safe trips and increase survivability in case of an emergency.

Paddlesports are the fastest growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddlecraft (primarily kayaks, but also canoes and paddleboards) now being sold annually.  Paddlecraft are an extremely affordable entry point to recreational boating, which is attractive to new boaters, boaters downsizing from larger boats, and those interested in getting closer to the environment.

The Coast Guard encourages Great Lakes citizens who enjoy paddlesports to continue doing so, but to use as an opportunity to survey and add to safety and survival equipment.  Paddlesport enthusiasts should also brush-up on paddling education by taking one or more of the paddler education classes offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, state departments of natural resources, community park districts, paddling clubs and local commercial outfitters.

New and inexperienced paddlers should seek out paddler education before heading out on the water. The Coast Guard Auxiliary now offers their “Paddlesports America Course,” a four-hour, classroom-based introduction to paddling safety, techniques and safety strategies. For Coast Guard Auxiliary course information, visit: http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/. The American Canoe Association offers several hands-on courses, for novice to experienced paddlers, as well. CLICK HERE to obtain more information on ACA paddlesport courses.

The following three pieces of equipment are some examples of gear the Coast Guard considers essential for all paddlers, no matter what type, how long or short the trip, or where the destination.

  • – A , or life jacket, is one of a paddler’s primary pieces of safety gear. Any PFD worn is better than none at all. However, the Coast Guard recommends paddlers use PFDs that are inherently buoyant rather than inflatable, which makes reentering a paddlecraft, especially a sit-inside , easier in the event of a roll-over. PFDs should be brightly colored to increase visibility to boaters in power and sail craft.
  • – Paddlers are encouraged to invest in a waterproof, hand-held VHF-FM marine radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities compared to cell phones. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio, it is a broadcast and not just a one-to-one communication; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.
  • Personal Locator Beacon – A personal locator beacon is a compact device that is clipped to a boater, normally on the lifejacket he or she is wearing. In the U.S., users are required by law to directly register their PLB in the 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database at: http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov/ or by calling 1-888-212-SAVE.
    Other users can register beacons in their country’s national beacon registration database or, if no national database is available, in the International Beacon Registration Database at https://www.406registration.com/. Once activated in a distress situation, the PLB transmits a 406 MHz signal to the International Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System, which provides distress alert and location data for search and rescue operations around the world. When a 406 MHz beacon signal is received, search and rescue personnel can retrieve information from a registration database. This includes the beacon owner’s contact information, emergency contact information, and vessel/aircraft identifying characteristics. Having this information allows the Coast Guard, or other rescue personnel, to respond appropriately.

Below are additional safety tips the Coast Guard recommends for all paddlers.

  • Paddlers should always check the weather forecast before paddling and should dress for the rather than the air temperature. At times this might mean wearing wet or dry suits while paddling.
  • A float plan should be completed and left with someone who is not going with the recreational boaters. A float plan is a lifesaving device on paper and provides emergency responders with valuable information they would need in order to search for a distressed or overdue boater. Information on a float plan and how to obtain a blank float plan can be found at http://www.floatplancentral.org/.
  • Paddlers should resist the temptation to paddle alone and should instead paddle with a partner or in groups. This reduces risk to an individual in the event of an emergency. Paddling in groups increases the chances of being seen by powerboat operators and sail craft in the vicinity.
  • Paddlers need to understand their physical limitations and endurance. Paddling can be strenuous exercise, and paddlers should be physically fit and know techniques for self-rescue, as well as how to rescue fellow paddlers.
  • Paddlers need to understand the limitations of their paddlecraft. There are different types of paddlecraft design. Some kayaks are designed for touring and are capable of carrying significant amounts of gear for longer trips. These types of kayaks may cost several thousand dollars. Others, such as inexpensive, entry-level kayaks, are generally designed for protected waters, near-shore waters or water such as that found on lakes and slow moving rivers when paddling trips will be of shorter duration.

Editor’s Note: Coast Guard spokespersons are available throughout National Safe Boating Week to visit news studios or host media aboard Coast Guard units to discuss the importance of safe boating practices. Please see the media advisory for additional details.


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17th District Public Affairs
News Release
Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn
(907) 321-4513

JUNEAU, Alaska – With Week underway the Coast Guard would like to encourage recreational boaters to carry an on board their boat because circumstances change and being prepared can increase chances of survival.

A recent case illustrates the need for an emergency kit and the benefit of reliable communications tools.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five Anchorage residents from the sinking 60-foot Kodiak-based pleasure craft Nordic Mistress 85 miles north of Kodiak Sunday. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene finding the vessel partially submerged and all five survivors in survival suites in a life raft surrounded by debris in the water. The helicopter crew safely hoisted all five survivors of the Nordic Mistress from the life raft and flew them to Kodiak.

“The Coast Guard highly suggests any time you take your boat out for a day of fun on the water that in addition to the required to be on board you have an emergency kit,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph Johnston, an instructor with the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak, Alaska. “The emergency kit should include spare parts for the vessel, such as spare fuel filters, spark plugs, steering fluid, a spare propeller and a tool kit. Additionally, the emergency kit should include items to facilitate self rescue such as a well supplied first aid kit, plus ample water and food.”

Other suggested items for an emergency kit should include a flash light, VHF hand-held radio, extra , and a registered emergency position or . It’s also recommended to dress for the and take extra clothing to protect against the elements.

For more information on emergency kits visit the following sites:

For more information contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn at 907-321-4513.


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Ninth District External Affairs
News Release

Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office
(216) 902-6020

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all recreational boaters to take advantage of several practices and initiatives that, when applied, will greatly decrease your chances of death or injury when boating on America’s waterways.

First, the Coast Guard recommends boaters take approved courses and take advantage of free vessel safety checks.

These safety checks and courses are offered by experienced members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. and various other boating safety organizations.

In 2009, 86 percent of in the United States occurred on boats where the operator had not received formal boating safety training, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The goal of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Week campaign is to reduce boating fatalities and accidents across the nation.

To view boating safety class schedules throughout the Great Lakes region, click here.

Additionally, the Coast Guard recommends boaters leave float plans with friends or family members before getting underway. A properly-filled-out float plan can provide the Coast Guard with valuable information if a boater gets in trouble and is unable to contact emergency responders. The float plan should include who to contact if the boater is overdue.

“A float plan gives responders vital information such as your intended course and destination, a description of your vessel, and type of safety and survival equipment you have with you,” said Capt. Stephen Torpey, chief of the incident management branch for the Ninth Coast Guard District. “The additional information provided in a float plan helps us direct our search efforts and improves the chances of survival in an emergency.”

More information and an example of a float plan are available here.

Finally, mariners are urged to check the forecast before getting underway. on the Great Lakes can change quickly and unexpectedly. The National Service marine forecast is available here.


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5th District Public Affairs
Media Advisory

Date: May 19, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

WHO: , Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland Natural Resources Police and U.S. Power Squadrons.
WHAT: Free to the public Week kick off.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The City Dock in , Md.

BALTIMORE - The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel examination from auxiliarists who check for compliance with all federal and state regulations. Vessel exams will be available at the following locations: Sarles Boatyard and Marina, Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, Eastport Yacht Center, Mears Marina, Butler Marina, Turner Marina, Horn Point Harbor Marina, Annapolis Landing Marina and Port Annapolis Marina.

Additionally, examiners will suggest ways to bring a boat into compliance, but do not report any violations found during the check. The examiners can provide safe boating advice and literature. Boats can be inspected on trailers and in the water. Boater’s can also schedule vessel examinations and boater safety classes for future times at their dock.

In addition to safety inspections, the event will also feature:

* Guest speakers Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Roche, the deputy commander of Sector Baltimore, Col. George Johnson, IV, the superintendent of Maryland Natural Resources Police, Bernard Karpers, Jr., the 5th District commander for U.S. Power Squadrons and John Sill, the captain of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Sector Baltimore will speak about boating safety beginning at 3 p.m.

* The Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat, will be at the Annapolis City Dock and offer free tours from 1 p.m., until 3 p.m.

* A performance by the Coast Guard’s silent drill team at 1 p.m.

* A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium search and rescue boat from Coast Guard 

* A flare demonstration and inflatable demonstration beginning at 2 p.m.

* The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a life jacket display and safe boating classes will be available or can be scheduled.

Most activities will end at 4 p.m. This event is free to the public.

The is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, checks and public .

5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release

Date: May 19, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Atlantic City
(609) 677-2204

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard in the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey shore areas is scheduled to participate in May 21 to 27.

National Safe Boating Week marks the informal beginning of summer and Coast Guard crews throughout the region will be on patrol paying particular attention to .

“Remember to wear your , monitor your marine radio and file and update as needed a float plan with a trusted family member or friend,” said Capt. Todd Gatlin, the deputy commander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. “In summary, think safety.  We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable .”

Nationwide, more than 700 people die every year in boating and paddling accidents.  Approximately two-thirds drown and more than 90 percent of these were not wearing a life jacket.

The most recent data for the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey waters shows 200 boating accidents occurred in 2009 resulting in a total of 18 fatalities.

Most boating fatalities occur on boats where the operator had not completed a boating safety course. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety from to reading the weather.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to obtain a free, no-fault vessel safety check, which can be conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before heading out on the water. The safety checks are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of certain required by state and federal regulations.

The Coast Guard also urges boaters to boat sober. Boating under the influence or boating while intoxicated is just as deadly as drinking and driving. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. Penalties for violating BUI and BWI laws can include large fines, suspension or revocation of privileges and jail terms.

Other dangers include bow riding, which occurs when passengers unsafely remain on the bow of a recreational vessel while it is making way. This is inherently unsafe when the bow is not outfitted with the appropriate safety equipment for seating passengers, such as a non-skid deck surface, railings or seats.  Even while wearing a life jacket, a person who falls off the bow can be at risk of a propeller strike.

Here are some other tips to help boaters have a safe and pleasant summer 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 aboard 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 forecasted 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-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. In an emergency there might not be enough time to put one on, so wearing one at all times may save your life.

Media wanting more information are requested to contact Public Affairs Detachment Atlantic City, N.J., at 609-677-2204.

For further boating safety information, check online at one of the following:

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary:  http://www.cgaux.org/

Checks: http://www.vesselsafetycheck.org/

Coast Guard Boating Safety page: http://www.uscgboating.org/

National Safe Boating Council: http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/

U.S. Power Squadrons: http://www.usps.org/


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