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Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Contact: D7 PADET CENTRAL
Office: (305) 965-4672

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to numerous disabled boat distress 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 occur on boats where the operator had not completed a education course. Courses cover many aspects of , 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. , are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of certain required by state and federal regulations.

Always wear a 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 of the area you are boating in, a 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 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.

For information on information, click here.

 

(Ed Note: Be prepared!)

 

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Five Life Jacket Safety Tips Can Keep You and Your Family Safe During Recreational Activities

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire – Jul 24, 2012) – Following safe and responsible boating practices, including wearing a life jacket, being alert and aware while on the water, and obeying navigation rules, can make each time you are on the water with family and friends enjoyable while always being prepared for an emergency situation.

The National Council [http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/] (NSBC), through the U.S. Coast Guard Accident Statistics, has identified states with the highest number of accidents and fatalities in 2011, based on new statistics released in May 2012. The NSBC encourages all boaters to follow boating safety and always wear a life jacket each and every time they are on the water.

Using data gathered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the NSBC has identified the following top-ranking states for boating deaths:

1. Florida
2. California
3. Texas
4. Louisiana
5. North Carolina/New York (tie)
6. Michigan
7. Illinois
8. Pennsylvania/Tennessee/Wisconsin (tie)
9. Virginia
10. Missouri

Additionally, the NSBC has identified the following top-ranking states for :

1. Florida
2. California
3. Texas
4. Maryland
5. New York
6. Arizona
7. North Carolina
8. Ohio
9. Michigan
10. Missouri

In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4,588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3,081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of . Of those who drowned, 84 percent were not wearing .

“The statistics show that no matter where you are boating, following boating safety, being properly prepared and equipped, and always wearing a life jacket can help save many lives,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “Accidents on the water happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket. With the variety, comfort and style of today’s life jackets, there’s no reason why you, your family and friends, can’t have fun on the water while always choosing to wear a life jacket.”

To prevent drowning and promote safe boating practices, the NSBC encourages all recreational boaters to wear their life jacket and follow these five life jacket safety tips:

1. No matter what activity you have planned — boating, , sailing, etc. — always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water.
2. Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard-approved. Double-check that your life jacket is appropriate for your boating activity.
3. Take the time to ensure a proper fit.
4. Life jackets meant for adults do not work for children. If you are boating with children, make sure they are wearing properly fitted, child-sized life jackets. Do not buy a life jacket for your child to “grow into.”
5. On recreational vessels underway, children under 13 years old must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. Some state laws vary — check with your local Marine Law Enforcement Authorities.

The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including NASBLA, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the many members of the National Safe Boating Council. The campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Partners hold local events, teach classes, distribute educational materials and perform free Checks, among other activities.

About the National Safe Boating Council
The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education, outreach, and training. The NSBC accomplishes this mission by promoting outreach and research initiatives that support boating education and safety awareness; improving the professional development of boating safety educators through training; and developing and recognizing outstanding boating safety programs. To learn more about the NSBC and its programs, visit www.SafeBoatingCouncil.org.

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Date: July 03, 2013

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

PORTSMOUTH, Va.  The Coast Guard urges boaters and swimmers to be mindful of potentially severe weather as they prepare for the Fourth of July.

Dangerous weather last weekend contributed to a high number of search and rescue cases throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Coast Guard units from southern Pennsylvania to North Carolina responded to more than 50 cases Friday through Sunday with assistance from partnering agencies. These included capsized boats, vessels beset by severe weather, boats that took on water, disabled vessels and swimmers in distress. Though the circumstances leading to these accidents vary, they all underscore two important lessons about enjoying time on or near the water: Always take the necessary safety precautions and exercise vigilance during the and when weather is prone to change suddenly.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday on the water,” said Lt. Jack Smith, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads’ chief of incident management.  “But boaters need to keep an eye on the weather, not only for when and where they leave the dock, but also for the rest of the day. Thunderstorms and severe winds can quickly develop during summer afternoons and pose a threat to even large vessels.”

In an effort to reduce the number of incidents on the water and to increase the safety of boaters and swimmers, the Coast Guard recommends the following:

  • Wearing a life jacket. According to Coast Guard statistics, drownings were the cause of 70 percent of all boating fatalities in 2011. Of those victims, 84 percent were not wearing life jackets. The successful rescue of nine people on Sunday near Barnegat Light Inlet, N.J., illustrates there may be little time to put on a life jacket after an accident, so wearing one at all times is important.
  • Outfitting boats with a functioning marine band radio. Cell phones are typically an unreliable source of communication due to gaps in coverage and limited battery life. Using VHF-FM Channel 16 on a marine band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a distress call to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.
  • Making sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where a boater is going and how many people are aboard the vessel, gives a complete vessel description and details a destination and estimated time of return. Float plans aid rescuers in identifying a search area in the event of an emergency.

Another aspect of is not operating a vessel under the influence. Alcohol use was the leading factor in fatal boating accidents in 2011. Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is just as deadly as drinking and driving and is illegal in every state. There are penalties for violating these laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges, and jail terms.

“Boating safety can be greatly improved by following two basic principles: wear your life jacket and don’t drink and boat,” said Smith.  “If you follow these guidelines, you will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for yourself and others on the water.”

Swimmers should also exercise caution. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents annually account for more than 100 drownings. Be aware of the dangers of swimming in tidal and ocean waters, especially if unfamiliar with them. Learn the signs of rip currents and know how to escape them. Stay calm, and rather than swim against the rip current, swim parallel to the shore and back in to safety.

More information and a complete list of boating safety guidelines can be found at the following websites:

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

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

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

National Safe Boating Council http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org%20

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

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

A VSC is a complementary safety inspection of a conducted by a trained and certified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or .  A VSC helps to ensure your vessel meets current Federal safety standards.  Items reviewed during the VSC include number, type, and condition of and fire extinguishers, 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

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Boats passing safety checks are awarded a VSC decal that indicates your boat was in full with all Federal and State regulations 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 safety equipment during a complementary Vessel Safety Check.  Vessel Examiners perform thousands of free across the U.S. each boating season.  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo.

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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
News Release
Date: Aug 31, 2011

Contact: Sector North Carolina
(910) 343-3876

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard reminds boaters to boat smart this holiday weekend after Hurricane Irene passed through the area.

Mariners should use caution when transiting the waterways due to the extensive damage to aids to navigation, shifting shoals, swift currents and the increased presence of debris and other hazards to navigation from the storm.

The Coast Guard along with federal, state and local agencies responded to more than 440 cases in North Carolina’s waters since October.

Some of the search and rescue cases included: 36 medevacs, 63 boats taking on water or capsized, 62 cases involving reports of people in the water, numerous flare sightings, vessels aground and uncorrelated maydays.

The Coast Guard asks boat operators to take preventative measures to ensure their own safety, safety of passengers and other boaters while 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 given by the and the U.S. cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the .

According to Coast Guard statistics in 2009, 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing their life jackets. In an emergency, there is no time to put on a , so wearing one at all times is very important.

Another aspect of boating safety is not operating a boat under the influence. Just as deadly as drinking and driving, it is also illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of or drugs in every state. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms.

In an effort to reduce the number of incidents on the water and to increase the safety of people on the water, the Coast Guard recommends the following:

• Make sure a friend or relative knows your . A states where you are going and how many people are aboard your vessel, gives a complete vessel description, and details your destination and when you plan to return. Float plans aid rescuers in identifying a search area in the event of an emergency while on the water.

• Be sure to check the local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and boaters should keep a on the forecasted conditions.

• The Coast Guard urges mariners to outfit their boat with a functioning marine-band radio as cell phones are typically an unreliable source of communication due to gaps in coverage and limited battery life. Using channel 16 on a marine-band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.

To report debris in the waterways contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 910-343-3880.

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

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

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

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

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Coast Guard urges safety for holiday weekend

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Due to a high number of water related deaths in June, the Coast Guard urges boaters and beachgoers to be safe and prepared for the holiday weekend.

Even though the average number of boating related deaths has dropped both nationally and regionally trends show that numbers rise during the summer months.

“There is a certain element of risk when you go boating, and there are inherent dangers to swimming in tidal waters,” said Dennis Sens, Coast Guard 5th District recreational specialist. “As more people consider heading to the water, they should also consider how to be safe on it.”

Being educated about safe boating could save a life. Most boating fatalities occur when the boat operator has not completed a boating safety education course. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from to reading the .

The Coast Guard also urges boaters to obtain a free vessel safety check, which is conducted by the before heading out on the water. are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.

“Just as you practice defensive driving on the road, you need to do so just as much, if not more, on the water,” said Sens. “Be aware of your surroundings and react accordingly, especially at night, in bad weather, or when there are many more boaters on the water. It’s critical to be mindful of .”

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

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

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

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

Council: http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/

United States Lifesaving Association’s Top Ten Beach and Water Safety Tips: http://www.usla.org/?page=SAFETYTIPS

Media interested in interviewing a Coast Guard representative should contact Lt. Kevin Sullivan of at 910-343-3876.

Not all paddleboard operators in Southern are in compliance with the safety equipment requirements for their vessels. The paddleboard is a vessel. Operators are required to have a , . The official announcement of the vessel classification is repriced below in the Coast Guard’s press release of October 24, 2008:

Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release<
Date: Oct. 24, 2008

Contact: Lt. j.g. Nadine Santiago
(202) 372-4644

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard in a decisional memo dated Oct.3, classified as vessels in accordance with Title 1 United States Code, Section 3.

This classification means that when used beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing, or bathing area, no person may use a paddleboard unless in compliance with the , and applicable carriage requirements for this type of vessel. This may include a Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board, a sound producing device, , and proper navigation lights.  A police-type whistle and a flashlight comply with these requirements.

The Coast Guard has also exempted the requirement from the manufacturing standards.

“In order to address safety issues and concerns the U.S. Coast Guard has researched the criteria, and has determined that the device known as a paddleboard is a vessel under Title 1, United States Code, Section 3,” said Jeffrey Hoedt, chief of the Division, Office of Auxiliary and .

Director of the Oregon Marine Board, Paul Donheffner, reported that paddleboarding has been gaining popularity. Traditionally they were used to surf in the ocean, but are now being used not only in the ocean beyond surfing areas but also in lakes and rivers. It is important to note that paddleboards in the surf-zone will not be affected by the decision and that the Coast Guard does not define the limits of surf-zones.

The U. S. Coast Guard asks all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated healthcare costs related to by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include always wearing a life jacket; never boat under the influence; successfully complete a boating safety course; and get a vessel safety check annually from your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or United States Power Squadrons.

The U. S. Coast Guard reminds all boater’s to “Boat Responsibly!” For more information on boating responsibly, go to:  www.uscgboating.org.

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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jun 14, 2011

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

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A recreational fatality in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday was the ninth in two weeks in mid-Atlantic waters.

The frequency of these fatalities in such a short time span represents a grim start to the summer beach and boating season.

Though the locations and circumstances leading to these recent accidents vary, they all underscore two important lessons about enjoying time on or near the water: Always take the necessary precautions and exercise caution

“There is a certain element of risk when you go boating and there are inherent dangers to swimming in tidal waters,” said Dennis Sens, Coast Guard 5th District Specialist. “As more people consider heading to the water, they should also consider how to be safe on it.”

The recent spike in deaths began May 30 with the drowning of a 42-year-old man on the James River who jumped in the water from a sailboat. He was not wearing a . Neither were two other recent boating fatalities, including a Virginia sailor who drowned near the mouth of the while sailing alone on June 4 and Saturday’s death in , which occurred after the victim’s pleasure craft capsized at the mouth of Ocean City Inlet.

According to Coast Guard statistics, drownings like these were the cause of 75 percent of all in 2010. Of those who drowned, 88 percent were not wearing .

Other deadly incidents in the last two weeks underscore the importance of boaters maintaining a keen awareness of environmental conditions and vessel traffic.

Two people were killed in a nighttime incident June 3 when their 25-foot speedboat struck a sea wall near Windmill Point on the Rappahannock River. Another accident claimed the life of a recreational fisherman on June 7 when his 15-foot boat capsized after a collision with a commercial fishing vessel on Virginia’s Elizabeth River.

“Just as you practice defensive driving on the road, you need to do so just as much, if not more, on the water,” explained Sens. “Be aware of your surroundings and react accordingly, especially at night, in bad weather, or when there are many more boaters on the water. It’s critical to be mindful of navigation.”

Sens added that boating safety classes teach such lessons, and that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free checks  to assess and help educate boaters on required .

However, dangers in and around the water are not limited to boaters. In the last two weeks the Coast Guard responded to three separate incidents in which hazardous tides and currents played a deadly role. On May 31 a 9-year-old boy died after getting caught in a rip current at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. also claimed the life of a 15-year-old swimmer at Bradley Beach, N.J., on June 9.

According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents are responsible for more than 100 drownings every year in this country. Dangerous currents are not restricted to beaches, either. On June 8, a 47-year-old man and his young nephew were swept away by a fast current in the Chester River in Maryland. The boy was rescued, but his uncle drowned.

Again, said Sens, caution, knowledge and awareness can make the difference between life and death. Be careful of the dangers of swimming in tidal waters, especially if unfamiliar with them; learn the signs of rip currents; and know how to escape them: Stay calm, and rather than swim against the rip current, let it carry you out and then swim parallel to the shore and back in to safety.

Precautions such as these do not preclude having a good time. But since swimming and boating do come with risks, balance safety with fun and prevent the loss of an additional life this summer.

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U.S. Coast Guard
Multimedia Release

Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: PA1 Adam Eggers
(310) 521-4260

(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 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 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 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 onboard is extremely important during holiday weekends, as more and more people are expected on the water.

The 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:

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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Ninth District External Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
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 or injury when boating on America’s waterways.

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

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

In 2009, 86 percent of boating fatalities 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 can provide the Coast Guard with valuable information if a boater gets in trouble and is unable to contact emergency responders. The 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 weather forecast before getting underway. Weather on the Great Lakes can change quickly and unexpectedly. The marine forecast is available here.

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