Monday, June 25, 2007

The - New Blog

This is a new blog that just linked to us. It looks interesting and we will follow its progess. Dwayne

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Debate Over Boater Qualifications

Southold, NY - Sea Tow International, an international marine towing firm, plans to host an executive roundtable discussion at its New York headquarters next month to discuss mandatory boater education.

The roundtable will include industry representatives from key business segments, a news release says. The company, which has been serving the recreational boating public for 24 years, says boaters, like auto drivers, are at the mercy of those who share their waterways.

“Because of this, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be cognizant of, and adherent to, basic safety practices and the rules of the road. The way to accomplish this is through universal boater education,” according to the statement.



Body Recovered Identified as One of Two Missing Boaters

Rescue crews from the Coast Guard, Texas EquuSearch, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and local police and fire crews continue the search this morning for Bill Harris.

Bill and Martha Harris went missing yesterday after their empty boat beached itself near Pine Gully Park with the engines still running.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Lake Sinclair boaters urged to avoid search for missing fisherman

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is asking boaters to avoid the Lake Sinclair dam area as the search continues for a missing Statesboro man.

Crews have been searching since late Saturday for Chris Thompson who was involved in a fatal boating collision.

In spite of daylight to dusk searches, Thompson has not been found.



Thursday, June 14, 2007

Empowering woman to take to the sea

The fifth annual Woman Underway seminar at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School took place June 1 with a lot of firsts. It was the first year it was run entirely by women, and “the first time in five years it’s not raining,” DBMS Development Director Anne Mullins said.

“This is the fifth annual Woman Underway seminar, and the first year it is being run by all woman – it is the best year yet because of that,” Duxbury Bay Maritime School Executive Director Ned Lawson said as he introduced the seminar.


See this interesting article from a very good blog on women and the sea.

Boating is certainly not just for men and boys.....There are a lot of great women skippers out there!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Small Boats, Big Worries: Thwarting Terrorist Attacks from the Sea

Globally, terrorists have shown an increasing inter­est in using small boats to attack military and com­mercial shipping and maritime facilities. The tactics and techniques of using commercial or non-commer­cial vessels (under 500 tons) or swimmers to emplace or deliver improvised explosive devices have proven effective and exportable. Contemporary operational practices by transnational terrorist groups include refining proven attack methods, sharing lessons learned, and encouraging others to adopt effective tac­tics. Thus, the possibility of such attacks in U.S. waters should not be ignored.

All boaters can assist the authorities in practicing situational awareness. The Coast Guard and other agencies need all the eyes and ears they can find.....this includes all boaters. If you see something out of the ordinary report it to the Coast Guard.


Monday, June 11, 2007

3 boaters injured in LI Sound - Pleasure boat vs. Barge

Three boaters were injured in an apparent collision between a pleasure boat and a barge in Long Island Sound yesterday that left one woman on life support, Coast Guard officials said last night. The accident happened about 2:20 p.m. about half a mile north of Sands Point near an area called Execution Rocks, the guard and Nassau police said. "A 24-foot pleasure boat was struck by a barge," Police Officer Mary Verna said.

A signal unseen?

Update on this Story:,p/> A Bronx boater said he whistled and waved an orange lifejacket in a futile attempt to prevent an oncoming 324-foot tanker barge from hitting his 24-foot vessel in the waters off Sands Point. ----------------------------------------------------

The above article gives some good tips for avoiding collision or allisons with commercial vessels. Dwayne

Monday, June 04, 2007

Lake Sam Rayburn boating accident witnesses sought

As the investigation of a weekend boating accident that severed the leg of a 16-year-old Lufkin girl progresses, law enforcement officials said, details of the accident have become clearer.

Charles Clayton Gilstrap, 24, of Lufkin, was arrested for intoxicated assault after driving a boat that injured Ashton LaMar on Lake Sam Rayburn Saturday afternoon.


The authorities need help on this one.....