Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe in wake of recent close calls

Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe in wake of recent close calls
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – In the wake of numerous recent emergencies on the water, the Coast Guard is reminding mariners to play it safe. “Just a few simple practices can keep most mariners out of trouble at sea,” said Capt. Gregory Case, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s commanding officer. Make sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where you...

Coast Guard assists boaters when sailboat runs aground on Lake Erie

CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews responded to assist two boaters after their 30-foot sailboat ran aground on the Lake Erie coast near Rocky River, Ohio, Wednesday evening. The mariners exhibited exceptional personal responsibility and demonstrated sound recreational boating safety practices by utilizing a marine band radio to contact response authorities and then activating an emergency beacon...

Coast Guard urges boaters to carry lifesaving communication, distress gear

CLEVELAND – Continuing its active outreach during National Safe Boating Week, the  Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance of carrying life-saving communication and emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, VHF-FM radios are much more reliable in the marine environment and work in areas where cell phones sometimes...

Coast Guard moving radio operations from Valdez to better serve the boating community

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – To better serve the boating community, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is scheduled to move its VHF radio monitoring operations from Valdez to the Sector command center in Anchorage Saturday.

Why You Need A VHF Radio

As part of National Safe Boating Week, personnel from the 7th Coast Guard District demonstrate how beneficial having a VHF radio can be through a reenactment of a boater in distress contacting the Coast guard for help. VHF radios, along with life jackets and EPIRBs, can help save your life while boating. U.S. Coast Guard Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Harless...