Coast Guard recommended safety steps for duck hunters, recreational boaters

Coast Guard recommended safety steps for duck hunters, recreational boaters
DETROIT — The Coast Guard recently responded to several cases in which boaters and their vessels were not adequately prepared for the elements. As the fall progresses, air and water temperatures are dropping steadily. These temperature changes have an immediate and drastic impact on survival time.  In order to ensure their safety, recreational boaters should remember to do the following: googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard recommends VHF-FM radios for boaters in distress

Coast Guard recommends VHF-FM radios for boaters in distress
NEW ORLEANS — While boaters may feel safe with just a cell phone, as part of National Safe Boating Week the Coast Guard recommends marine-band radios set to channel 16 for all boaters in case of distress. VHF-FM radios are intended mainly for short-range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a Coast Guard station. Boaters are urged to stay by the radio, if possible....

Coast Guard reminds public about boating safety over holiday weekend

Coast Guard reminds public about boating safety over holiday weekend
BALTIMORE — As the 2013 boating season comes to a close, the Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police are reminding boaters about the importance of safe boating practices during Labor Day weekend. The Coast Guard urges the public to always think about safety and to anticipate any possibility when going out on the water. Here are some tips to help boaters have a safe and prepared time on...

Disabled vessels keep Coast Guard, partner agencies busy over holiday weekend

Disabled vessels keep Coast Guard, partner agencies busy over holiday weekend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard crews along with federal, state and local partner agencies responded to numerous disabled vessels during Memorial Day weekend. The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters of a few tips to keep safe on the water. In several cases, communications would have been optimal had boaters used a VHF-FM marine radio. A radio is the best method of communication while...

On the water and in distress? Use your VHF, not your cell

On the water and in distress? Use your VHF, not your cell
New technology, better range and reliability can mean the difference between life and death Story by Petty Officer 1st Class John D. Miller Greg Arlotta’s voice turned grim as the boat beneath him slipped below the 37-degree waters of the Delaware Bay in the early morning darkness of Dec. 23, 2010. “When this [cell] phone gets wet, I’m dead,” Arlotta told a 911 operator in the Sussex County,...