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...

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...

Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week at Annapolis City Dock

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination from auxiliarists who check for compliance with all federal and state...

Coast Guard issues fair weather recreational boating warning

BOSTON – The United States Coast Guard is issuing a fair weather warning for all boaters, paddlers, sailors and fishers who plan to venture out this weekend on the inland and coastal waters of the Northeast’s First Coast Guard District.

Coast Guard issues life jacket advisory

BOSTON – Coast Guard personnel always wear life jackets on the water and strongly encourage mariners and those who work on or near the water, to do the same.

Coast Guard urges safe boating during holiday weekend

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Coast Guard members throughout the Delaware Bay area and New Jersey coast will be on patrol over the Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the busiest recreational boating weekends of the year. Boaters can expect increased presence from the Coast Guard who will be paying particular attention to recreational boating safety this weekend.

America’s Waterways Watch needs you

CLEVELAND – Within the U.S. maritime domain, there is approximately 95,000 miles of shoreline and more than 290,000 square miles of water, dotted with thousands of facilities and infrastructure vital to the lifeblood of our Nation. Keeping watch over so much is an extraordinary challenge.

Warm temperatures prompt Coast Guard to warn new boaters of cold-water danger

BOSTON – As unseasonably warm temperatures are forecasted for the weekend, and with several Northeast sporting-goods retailers describing kayaks and paddlesport accessories as high on holiday gift lists, the Coast Guard is advising any paddlers who found kayaks under their Christmas tree to be cautious and fully aware of the danger of sudden cold-water immersion if they opt for a weekend launch.