Coast Guard reminds boaters of new engine cut-off switch law

Coast Guard reminds boaters of new engine cut-off switch law
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard reminds mariners of a new law requiring recreational boats to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL). An ECOS is an emergency ignition cut-off device that shuts down the engine if the operator is ejected from the vessel or falls overboard. On April 1, 2021, the law went into effect requiring operators of recreational vessels with an installed...

Coast Guard urges safety as boating traffic increases in San Diego

Coast Guard urges safety as boating traffic increases in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard, Port of San Diego and partner agencies urge boaters to be safe as recreational and commercial waterways traffic increases in San Diego. Boaters should be aware of maritime rules and guidelines to help them maintain safety for themselves and their fellow mariners. Sailors should know the “Rules of the Road” and must observe them at all times. Things like having a lookout,...

National Safe Boating Week begins Saturday

National Safe Boating Week begins Saturday
NEW ORLEANS — The Eighth Coast Guard District is partnering with other government agencies to spread awareness of the importance of safe boating and wearing proper personal flotation devices. This year National Safe Boating Week is Saturday through May 22. The campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters. National Safe Boating...

Coast Guard encourages participation in National Safe Boating Week

Coast Guard encourages participation in National Safe Boating Week
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard, along with the National Safe Boating Council, is encouraging boaters to take part in National Safe Boating Week, May 18 – 24, 2019. The purpose of National Safe Boating Week is to promote safe boating practices for recreational boaters, in an effort to reduce preventable accidents and deaths. The Coast Guard encourages boaters to be safety conscious during the 2019 boating...

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to hold National Safe Boating Week campaign

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to hold National Safe Boating Week campaign
ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is partnering with other government agencies to spread awareness of the importance of safe boating and wearing proper personal flotation devices. This year National Safe Boating Week is Saturday through May 24. The campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters. National Safe...

Coast Guard emphasizes water safety ahead of fishing and boating season

Coast Guard emphasizes water safety ahead of fishing and boating season
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Safe Boating Council are promoting safe boating practices during the upcoming boating and fishing season in the areas surrounding Eureka, Fort Bragg, Crescent City, Redding and Ukiah. The public will notice increased air and boat enforcement patrols in the coming days. “In the event of a capsizing emergency, mariners...

“Wear It” Lifejacket campaign kicks off National Safe Boating Week

"Wear It" Lifejacket campaign kicks off National Safe Boating Week
Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day file photo courtesy of Coast Guard MSU Pittsburgh. CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard Ninth District will be supporting Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday. The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign....

Coast Guard to enforce Operation Paddle Smart

Coast Guard to enforce Operation Paddle Smart
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to be out in full force Friday through Sunday enforcing paddlecraft safety. Since April 2017, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 370 paddlecraft boardings and terminated 110 voyages. Voyages were terminated due to not having a life jacket or a sound producing device. According to the National Safe Boating Council, in 2016, the Northeast had 28 paddler deaths,...

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...