- An engineer testifying in a civil trial of an East Naples woman permanently disfigured in a 1999 boating accident, said that the U.S. Coast Guard did indeed say that most propeller injuries can be prevented by a propeller guard.
An administrative review has found that the Coast Guard was slow to respond to a sinking off of Massachusetts. The investigation found the boat sank swiftly and both men likely died before the Coast Guard learned of the fire alarm, but it took two hours after the initial alert to launch assets.
For anyone who is curious what happens when reviews like this are conducted, let me explain. The information from the review will be taken and closely examined so that we can figure out if there are changes that we should make to improve the operational process. These reviews are taken very seriously and can lead to massive institutional changes. Sometime in the near future with all the talk about SAROPS (in reference to the Air France flight) and the SAR cases we talk about, the Compass will take on the anatomy of a SAR case as well as explaining where the process is now compared to 10 years ago.
- Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting a boating safety class tomorrow June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the the old City Council Chambers in Sebastian, Fl. There is an article on myhometownnews.com that talks about the great work that the Auxiliary does as well as the American Waterways Watch.
- I am not going to go on the tirade about life jackets again, I did that yesterday. To drive the point home just that little bit more read the following linked blog post, driving home the point of the need to wear life jackets with names.