itCG-kayaker without a paddle, AMVER works, international outreach, oil spill cleanup

  • Here is another example of a life jacket and a cell phone likely saving a life at sea. A kayaker, who lost his paddle and could not get back to shore, was able to make one call for help before his cell phone battery died. Although he had to spend the night on the water before rescuers could locate him, he survived because of that call and the fact he was wearing a life jacket. While cell phones are good, they do not get good coverage on the water. The Coast Guard urges anyone out on the water to carry a marine band VHF radio and use the international distress frequency found on VHF Channel 16 to call for help.
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  • An international rescue operation involving Canada, United States, and commercial ships ended swiftly when a registered AMVER vessel diverted its course and rescued the Italian yachtsman whose boat capsized. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a voluntary ship reporting system used worldwide to aid in search and rescue.
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  • Four members of the Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA) Coast Guard visited U.S. Coast Guard Station Venice in Louisiana to gather some insight into major port operations and best practices. The U.S. Coast Guard has several international exchange programs. The latest issues of “Proceedings” discusses many of the outreach efforts.
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  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Port Arthur works with Motiva in Port Neches, Texas to clean up, mitigate environmental impact, and investigate the cause of a recent oil spill at the terminal. Coast Guard partners with the maritime industry as well as state and local agencies to manage oil and hazardous materials spills and often performs exercises and drills to prepare for potential spills or leaks.
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2 comments on “itCG-kayaker without a paddle, AMVER works, international outreach, oil spill cleanup”

  1. “he survived because of that call and the fact he was wearing a life jacket.”

    There is nothing in the linked article to suggest that his life jacket had anything to do with it.

  2. Jack, thank you for your comment.

    While we cannot prove that it was the life jacket or the phone call alone that saved this man’s life, wearing a life jacket and carrying a means of communication surely contributed to his rescue.

    Mr. Simonson stated that the conditions were rough and that he may not have been able to make it through one more storm. Had he gone overboard and not had a life jacket on, his chances of survival would have been severely decreased. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in two-thirds of recreational boating fatalities in 2007 and that 90% of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. For more information on boating safety, go to

    It was surely a combination of being prepared, a will to survive, the search efforts, and ultimately a Good Samaritan who, while helping in the search, found the lost kayaker.


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