Life jackets helped boaters survive 21 hours treading water in Lake Erie

Life jackets helped boaters survive 21 hours treading water in Lake Erie
CLEVELAND — Three boaters were rescued by a good Samaritan Sunday morning after spending 21 hours treading water in Lake Erie after their fishing vessel capsized near Conneaut, Ohio. This case demonstrates how life jackets can help mariners remain alive while awaiting rescue. The Coast Guard was contacted Sunday at 12:55 p.m. and informed that four to five hours earlier, three men had been rescued...

Coast Guard urges boaters to make safety a priority for holiday weekend, summer

Coast Guard urges boaters to make safety a priority for holiday weekend, summer
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — As Memorial Day weekend begins, marking the unofficial start of the 2013 boating season, the Coast Guard 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 the boating season. WEAR IT! In 2012, almost 85 percent of 459 drowning death victims...

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...

3 lives saved by life jackets amid tragic boating weekend

BOSTON – Following five boating accidents this weekend the Coast Guard stresses the importance of always wearing a life jacket when out on the water. At approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday, two boaters were ejected from their boat after it flipped in the vicinity of Boston Light. A good Samaritan was able to assist the boat’s operator until a Coast Guard Station Point Allerton boat crew, along...

Ninth fatality within 2 weeks provides stark reminder about boating and beach safety

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A recreational boating fatality in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday was the ninth death in two weeks in mid-Atlantic waters. The frequency of these fatalities in such a short time span represents a grim start to the summer beach and boating season. Though the locations and circumstances leading to these recent accidents vary, they all underscore two important lessons about enjoying...

Coast Guard seeks owner of life jacket found in search area

USCG file photoBOSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for the owner of a life jacket discovered floating inside of a search area off the coast of Block Island, R.I., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Coast Guard personnel believe the life jacket, found by a fisherman in the area, may be linked to the sighting of multiple flares in the area. The Coast Guard launched a search for a possible person in distress...

Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescues 2 boaters near Channel Island

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters who fell into the Saginaw River near Channel Island, Mich., after their catamaran became separated from one of its pontoons Wednesday evening.

Northeast sees record deaths among boaters during 2010

BOSTON—Twenty-one recreational boaters and paddlers have died in the Northeast this year, the highest recorded number.

Labeled lifejacket saves Coast Guard hours of searching

Point Judith, RI – Personnel at Coast Guard Station Point Judith, R.I., were able to avoid needlessly searching for a person in the water Wednesday morning because a kayak owner had labeled his lifejacket with contact information.