- Two people were rescued after being stranded on their personal watercraft off the southern coast of New Jersey. Thankfully, someone had called authorities to report that the two people had not returned as planned. It is important to always file a float plan with people you trust. Let them know what you plan to do (e.g. fishing, sailing, kayaking), what type/size of boat you are on, who you are with, where you are going, and when you plan to be back. That way, if you become overdue they can alert authorities. Better yet, carry a marine band radio so you can call for help yourself.
- Two men are safe thanks to a Good Samaritan who saw the boat in distress at the mouth of the Merrimack River in New Hampshire and called for help. The incident ended safely for the two men but things could have been much different. As the weather warms up, the water remains cold and hypothermia can quickly set in overcoming a person in the water. Please, think about the water temperature when you head out on the water, dress appropriately, and wear a lifejacket.
- One man is safe, one was airlifted to the hospital, and one is still missing after two of the three men were ejected from a boat when it suddenly slowed down yesterday on the Missouri River in Iowa. The operator of the boat was not injured, but he was arrested for boating while intoxicated. On motor boats, it is always a good idea for the operator to alert passengers when the boat is speeding up or slowing down so the they can prepare and hold on for the change in speed. In the Coast Guard, you will often hear the coxswain yell loudly “COMING UP!” or “COMING DOWN!”