itCG-Rockland named a CG City, reckless boater found, flares help rescue two, girl ejected from boat

  • The town of Rockland, Maine, is celebrating not just the fact the Coast Guard tall ship, Barque Eagle, is in town but also because just over one year ago the city was named a Coast Guard City. Only a small number of cities in the U.S. are given the distinction and Rockland is proud to be a member of that elite group.
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  • A few weeks ago, the Compass posted a story asking for boaters to help in a search for a boat that was operating dangerously and evading officials near Niagara Falls. Well, thanks to the boaters who provided pictures and the cooperation of partner agencies, the boater has been found. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
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  • Coast Guard rescued two off the coast of Texas yesterday after the men made a 911 call stating that their boat was taking on water. The men used a red flare to help the Coast Guard locate their boat just as it was almost entirely submerged.
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  • Officials have been looking for a missing young girl since Friday afternoon. The girl was ejected from a boat when it caught the wake of a passing boat on the Sassafras River in northern Chesapeake Bay. She was not wearing a life jacket.
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4 comments on “itCG-Rockland named a CG City, reckless boater found, flares help rescue two, girl ejected from boat”

  1. RE: Texas save- We somehow need to do a better job getting mariners to use VHF radios vice cellphones, especially with Rescue 21 coming online.

    Granted, it wouldn’t have helped in this case (Rescue 21 is currently being built-out in Sector Corpus Christi), but mariners that think their cellphone is the answer are unnecessarily increasing their risk by making it harder for the Coast Guard to find and rescue them in an expedient manner.

  2. LCDR C,

    The Compass regularly urges boaters to use a VHF marine band radio vice a cell phone for maritime communications. We also remind boaters that a cell phone has many limitations on the water – it has limited coverage, cannot be quickly correlated to a position, typically has to be relayed to the right response resource, and is a one-to-one call.

    A VHF marine band radio is a one-to-many call allowing other mariners to hear a distress call and help in an emergency. Additionally, VHF channel 16 is constantly monitored by maritime responders. Furthermore, it is designed to provide coverage on the water and help correlate a position.

    Click here to read one recent post that discusses limitations of using a cell phone for maritime communications.


  3. Hi Lyna, thank you for your interest and comment. I will email you and let you know how to add the Compass to your RSS reader.

    LT Connie Braesch

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