Coast Guard asks boaters to label, properly secure kayaks, canoes, paddleboards

Coast Guard asks boaters to label, properly secure kayaks, canoes, paddleboards
Through the Operation Paddle Smart Program, the Coast Guard offers a free, weatherproof and reflective, self-adhesive “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered (unregistered) watercraft. BOSTON — The Coast Guard is asking the public to label their kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards with their name and phone number after an influx of cases this summer...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue fisherman on Lake Michigan

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue fisherman on Lake Michigan
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Air Station Traverse City CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for an overdue fisherman on Lake Michigan near Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Thursday. Missing is Mark Wautelet, 38 years old, approximately 6-feet tall, 270 pounds with brownish hair. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a notification from...

Coast Guard to enforce safety zone during Fair St. Louis

Coast Guard to enforce safety zone during Fair St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard will implement waterfront safety measures on the Mississippi River during the upcoming Fair St. Louis 4th of July celebration. The safety zone prohibits all commercial and recreational vessel traffic from operating on the Mississippi River between the Poplar Street Bridge at mile marker 179.0 and the Eads Bridge at mile marker 180.0 during air shows and fireworks display. The...

Coast Guard warns of illegally renting, chartering boats in Chicago

Coast Guard warns of illegally renting, chartering boats in Chicago
CHICAGO — The Coast Guard in Chicago is stepping up efforts to educate boat owners and operators who are illegally renting their recreational boats, and warning those who elect to do so about the fines and other consequences. In addition, passengers are being alerted to potential dangers of renting or chartering a boat from someone who is not licensed or certified, and advised to be vigilant and...

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue three boaters near Point Pinos

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue three boaters near Point Pinos
Coast Guard Station Monterey 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) rescued three boaters after their 19-foot vessel became disabled near Point Pinos, Saturday. The stranded boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 11:30...

Coast Guard hones in on safety as summer boating season commences in Northeast

Coast Guard hones in on safety as summer boating season commences in Northeast
BOSTON — The Coast Guard released its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics report Tuesday, revealing boating fatalities nationwide totaled 658, the second highest number in five years. In the Northeast, recreational boating deaths decreased from 55 in 2016 to 54 in 2017. Thirty-nine of the 54 people who died drowned and 41 of the 54 deaths were the result of capsizing or falling overboard. Thirty-nine...

Coast Guard searching for two missing boaters near Pine Island

Coast Guard searching for two missing boaters near Pine Island
Coast Guard 24 foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water File Photo YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching Saturday for two missing boaters near Pine Island, Hernando County. Missing are James Hansen, 29, from Weeki Wachee, and Tyler Gomez, 27. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday Coast Guard Station Yankeetown watchstanders received a call from James Hansen’s finance, Jessica Honovik, reporting...

Coast Guard reminds paddlesport enthusiasts of cold water exposure danger

Coast Guard reminds paddlesport enthusiasts of cold water exposure danger
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard reminds paddlesport enthusiasts, Wednesday, about the increased risks of cold-water exposure. Paddlers are more exposed to the elements than boaters on power and sail craft and should wear the personal protective clothing, including dry or wet suits, appropriate for the water temperature where they are paddling. “Dress for the swim, it’s not if, but when,”...

You’re in charge, operate safely

You're in charge, operate safely
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is reminding mariners on the importance of safe vessel operation. Operator inattention is the leading primary contributing factor in recreational boating accidents. “Boats are built to be as safe as possible; most danger comes when you add people,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland. “Just...