Posts Tagged ‘safety patrols’
Public Affairs Detachment Los Angeles
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: May 25, 2011
Contact: PA1 Adam Eggers
(This news from California has nation-wide interest because BUI (Boating Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs) is a cause of serious boating accidents including fatalities and injuries. Don’t drink and boat on Maryland waters. Law enforcement will be watching.)
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – State and Federal maritime law enforcement agencies will be conducting safety patrols during the upcoming holiday weekend, ready to help people in distress and on the lookout for boaters consuming too much alcohol.
Studies conducted by the Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety reflect the dangers of ignoring to wear a lifejacket and the overuse of alcohol over the past nine years. In the reported number of boating fatalities, nearly 80% of victims were not wearing a lifejacket. In those same fatal cases, 59% percent of victims were found to have a Blood Alcohol Content over .04. During non-fatal accidents, 22% were found to have a BAC higher than .04.
Alcohol is even more hazardous on the water than on land. The marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray – accelerates a drinker’s impairment. These stressors cause fatigue that makes a boat operator’s coordination, judgment and reaction time decline even faster when using alcohol.
Boating with a lifejacket on and having other safety equipment onboard is extremely important during holiday weekends, as more and more people are expected on the water.
The California Department of Boating and Waterways has created two video Public Service Announcements, titled “Heroes wear lifejackets, now it’s your turn”. These 15 and 30 second videos can be viewed at:
(15 seconds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuVuhJjwA50&NR=1
(30 seconds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIfWfL6ywU0&NR=1
Boaters are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers by following four key tenets of safe boating:
- Always wear your life jacket.
- Never boat under the influence.
- Take a boating safety course.
- Get a free Vessel Safety Check.
More information on Boating Under the Influence can be found at: http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/boating_under_the_influence_initiatives.aspx
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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: May 19, 2011
Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
WHO: Coast Guard Auxiliary, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland Natural Resources Police and U.S. Power Squadrons.
WHAT: Free to the public National Safe Boating Week kick off.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md.
BALTIMORE - The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.
Beginning at 8 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel safety 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 Station Annapolis
* A flare demonstration and inflatable life jacket 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 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 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, vessel safety checks and public education.
Coast Guard Auxiliary safety patrols occasionally come upon boaters with empty fuel tanks. Not only is running out of fuel potentially hazardous but it can also be a bit embarrassing. You need to know how full your fuel tanks are. Monitor your fuel consumption so you don’t find yourself adrift. Ask yourself, “Do I have enough fuel?”
Need help remembering? Create a get-underway” checklist. Involve the entire family. Check all of your safety supplies and accessories, verify you have food and water aboard, and any supplies you need for the day. Test your radio and cellular phone. Activate and check your boat electronics.
By all means check your fuel level!