Coast Guard urges safe boating over the Columbus Day weekend

Coast Guard urges safe boating over the Columbus Day weekend
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo. MIAMI — The Coast Guard warns boaters  to use extra caution while out on the water this Columbus Day weekend. Coast Guard crews, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, will be patrolling, conducting safety checks, and watching for individuals boating while intoxicated or operating in an unsafe manner. Consider these boating safety...

Coast Guard urges boaters to stay safe during Labor Day weekend

Coast Guard urges boaters to stay safe during Labor Day weekend
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard encourages boaters in to use extra caution while out on the water this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the traditional beach and boating season, and is usually a very busy weekend on the water. Here are a few helpful tips for boaters to remember to stay safe on the water: Wear a life jacket: life jackets save lives. 83 percent of...

Coast Guard urges boaters to plan ahead, file a float plan to increase chances of being found

Coast Guard urges boaters to plan ahead, file a float plan to increase chances of being found
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard reminds boaters to plan ahead before venturing out on the water by filing a float plan with someone on land and by downloading the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app. No one plans to get lost out on the water. No one plans to have their boat break down far away from land. No one plans to have an accident on the water. And unfortunately, not many people plan ahead...

Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather

Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard urges boaters and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters along the northern California coast due to forecasted weather conditions over the next several days. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the greater San Francisco Bay area warning of possible coastal flooding. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and...

Coast Guard locates 4 missing boaters 40 miles north west of Key West

Coast Guard locates 4 missing boaters 40 miles north west of Key West
MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard located four boaters Wednesday 40 miles northwest of Key West. Rescued were David Thompson, 48, Adam Kelley, 28, Joshua Thompson, 15, and Evan Thompson, 11. The four boaters were reported overdue by a concerned family member when they failed to return from a snorkeling trip Tuesday. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami located the survivors...

Coast Guard urges boaters to use float plans

Coast Guard urges boaters to use float plans
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard urges all boaters to file a float plan with family or friends during National Safe Boating Week and the boating season. A float plan, similar to a life jacket, is a life-saving device on paper, which can make a difference in rescue and response time in the event of an emergency. Before boaters embark, they should leave detailed information about their trip with a family...

Coast Guard urges paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions on the water

Coast Guard urges paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions on the water
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard is reminding paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions to ensure safe trips and increase survivability on the water. Paddlesports consisting of rowboats, canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards, are the fastest growing segment of recreational boating. Despite air temperatures reaching 60 degrees recently, water temperatures remain below 50 degrees.  Under these conditions,...

Coast Guard recognizes success of Alaska’s boating safety program

Coast Guard recognizes success of Alaska’s boating safety program
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard recognizes the successes of Alaska’s boating safety program with an 80 percent drop in recreational boating fatalities since HB108, Use, Regulation and Operation of Boats, was introduced in 1998. Boating safety has come a long way since 1998 when there were 38 fatalities; in 2014 Alaska reported seven fatalities. Alaska’s observed life jacket wear rates in the...

Float plan helps save four boaters near Big Pine Key

Float plan helps save four boaters near Big Pine Key
MIAMI — Four people are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their capsized vessel near Big Pine Key, Florida, Sunday night. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report of an overdue 21-foot pleasure craft with four people aboard that departed Marathon, Florida, and never returned by sunset as planned. Sector Key West issued an Urgent Marine Information...