Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense

Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense
Boston – The Coast Guard is reminding mariners Friday that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold. With the rise in air temperature, the number of boaters, paddle craft users, and water enthusiasts taking to water activities also rises. Locally, water temperatures are still as low as 40 degrees. At this temperature, an average person who ends up in the...

Coast Guard rescues jet skier near Miami

Coast Guard rescues jet skier near Miami
MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a jet skier Friday 25 miles east of Miami. Watch standers with the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center received a personal locating beacon (PLB) notification at 12:59 p.m. and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The rescue crew arrived on scene at 1:23 p.m., hoisted the jet skier and brought him to Jackson Memorial...

Coast Guard stresses importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment

Coast Guard stresses importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment
CLEVELAND — As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters of the importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, personal locator beacons are much more reliable in the marine environment. The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners equip their boats with Emergency...

Coast Guard Station Mayport assisting boaters who were stranded at sea for 2 days

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla., – Two people who were stranded for two days aboard a disabled 20-foot boat 40 miles off St. Augustine, Florida, are safe and being towed, aboard their vessel, to Vilano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine Saturday. The men waved down a passing pleasure craft to request help, stating they had been stranded for two days. The good Samaritan alerted watchstanders in the Coast Guard...

EPIRB notifies Coast Guard of disabled vessel with 3 people 63 miles offshore

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three people stranded on a disabled fishing boat 63 miles east of Mount Pleasant, S.C., are receiving Coast Guard assistance Friday because of a life-saving piece of equipment on board the vessel. The trio, too far offshore to communicate using their VHF-FM radio, activated the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon at 10:54 a.m., which instantly provided GPS coordinates,...

Coast Guard urges boaters to carry lifesaving communication, distress gear

CLEVELAND – Continuing its active outreach during National Safe Boating Week, the  Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance of carrying life-saving communication and emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, VHF-FM radios are much more reliable in the marine environment and work in areas where cell phones sometimes...