Coast Guard safety tips for duck-hunting season in Louisiana

Coast Guard safety tips for duck-hunting season in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters to remain vigilant and prepared during the waterfowl and duck-hunting season in Louisiana. The Coast Guard offers the following safety tips: Dress for the water temperature, not just the air temperature. Wear layers if cooler weather and bring an extra set of clothes in case you get wet. Be cautious when launching your boat from a vehicle....

Great Lakes Coast Guard highlights boat operator responsibilities

Great Lakes Coast Guard highlights boat operator responsibilities
CHICAGO — As the annual observance of National Safe Boating Week launches Saturday and the boating season across the Great Lakes gets underway, the Coast Guard is highlighting the responsibilities of boat operators, including the results and dangers of operator inattention, insufficient lookouts and inexperience. National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 20-26, is an annual observance sponsored...

Coast Guard warns of dangerous water temperatures despite mild start to winter

Coast Guard warns of dangerous water temperatures despite mild start to winter
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is reminding boaters and paddlers heading out on the water this holiday season to keep safety in mind. Weather forecasts are slated to bring unseasonably warm air, but the water can be dangerously cold. The current water temperature in Boston Harbor is 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but last winter during the coldest month it averaged 36 degrees Fahrenheit. “Excited boaters...

As weather, boat motors begin to warm up, Coast Guard urges boaters to make safety a priority

As weather, boat motors begin to warm up, Coast Guard urges boaters to make safety a priority
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — As winter is finally loosening its grip on the Northern Great Lakes  the beginning of the 2013 boating season is unofficially beginning, and Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., urges boaters to make the most of the season by keeping it as safe as possible. The Coast Guard reminds boaters and other water enthusiasts to consider the following while preparing for...

Coast Guard rescues 5 Monday evening during separate incidents in Lake Erie, Lake Michigan

Coast Guard rescues 5 Monday evening during separate incidents in Lake Erie, Lake Michigan
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard boatcrews from Station Calumet Harbor, near Chicago, and Station Toledo, Ohio, assisted five recreational boaters after their boats ran aground during two separate incidents on Monday evening. These incidents come after a busy weekend, during which the Coast Guard responded to 17 cases involving people in the water and saved six lives across the Great Lakes. Search and rescue...

Great Lakes Coast Guard crews terminate the voyage of a dozen recreational boats due to lack of required safety gear

Great Lakes Coast Guard crews terminate the voyage of a dozen recreational boats due to lack of required safety gear
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard boatcrews throughout the Great Lakes region ordered a dozen mariners back to shore this weekend due to their lack of required safety gear. The Coast Guard is reminding boaters that there are resources available to educate them and keep them in compliance with federal regulations. When a vessel is found to be noncompliant with federal regulations, and the infraction is...

Coast Guard to host safe boating event in Annapolis, Md.

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a safe boating event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination from auxiliarists who check for compliance with all federal and state regulations. Vessel exams...

Coast Guard urges mariners to take advantage of free vessel safety checks, boater education

CLEVELAND — Following a day in which Coast Guard boarding officers from Station Belle Isle, near Detroit, issued notices of violations to three Great Lakes boaters and sent them back to the dock for lacking required safety equipment, the Coast Guard is urging mariners throughout the Great Lake to take advantage of free vessel safety checks and boating education courses. The three vessels sent home...

Coast Guard urges safe boating for Labor Day weekend

BALTIMORE — The 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 possible 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 345 cases in the upper Chesapeake Bay...