Misuse of flares is costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Misuse of flares is costing taxpayers millions of dollars
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in reducing the number of flares used during non-distress situations, an increasingly dangerous and irresponsible practice that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars since June 1. Over the past three months units in the Coast Guard 7th District have responded to more than 60 flare sightings with air and boatcrews with an estimated...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday shoppers encouraged to remember boaters on gift lists

Black Friday, Cyber Monday shoppers encouraged to remember boaters on gift lists
A life jacket is one of the most effective pieces of life-saving equipment and makes an excellent holiday gift. ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard is encouraging Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers to remember the boaters on their holiday gift lists and to take advantage of discounts various outfitters and marine retailers are offering on life-saving equipment. “What better way is...

Coast Guard reminds the public to use flares responsibly

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard would like to remind the public to be safe during the Fourth of July and that flares are to be used for emergencies, not as fireworks. Flares are essential visual signaling devices that can be used day or night to alert emergency responders and fellow boaters to an emergency situation. Flares are also instrumental in assisting emergency responders to locate those...