Two Coast Guard members diving off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, lost their vessel, along with their emergency position indicating radio beacon, marine radio and cell phones. With a flashlight and a filed float plan, the two were safely found and brought to shore after 4 1/2 hours drifting in the water.
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Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? The answer is simple… there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation.
If you plan to participate in any water activity this winter – know what will keep you safe! Planning and preparation are key to any safe outing on the water, but also knowing some basic safety and cold-water immersion tips can help save your life. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe on the water this winter.
Last year, there were nearly 5,500 boating accidents that resulted in more than 550 deaths and 2,600 injuries. Most people look at this statistic and think, ‘It will never happen to me.’ However, most of these accidents involved experienced boaters. It is important to plan for the unforeseeable. What do you really need on my boat? What do you do if you are in need of assistance?
With the Fourth of July holiday and warm weather upon us, the beach is a popular destination for both tourists and residents of coastal communities. However, in the midst of hurricane season, it could also become one of the most dangerous destinations. With the first named hurricane of the season, Arthur, making it’s way up the Atlantic Coast, make sure you stay up to date on the latest local weather updates as the holiday weekend progresses.
If you’re headed out on the water, it is important to educate yourself on the proper usage of your equipment and more importantly know how to operate your boat safely. How important? It could make the difference between life and death.
I want to tell you about the most useful safety device available today. When you’re going through your underway checklist, this item should be the first and last thing you mark off. It’s simple and it’s free. It’s called a float plan. Essentially, it’s a “who, what, where and when” of your boat trip.
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Judy L Silverstein, 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs. National Safe Boating Week is officially over, but we’re providing 12 tips to highlight the importance of safe boating throughout the 12 weeks of summer. If you see something missing from this list, add it in the comments to ensure
A group of 15 people, missing for three days, were spotted linking hands together to spell out “S.O.S.” as a Navy P-3 Orion long-range search aircraft passed over the small, uninhabited atoll. The atoll of Fanano is part of the Murilo Atoll, which comprises a small portion of the Federation States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy
Search and rescue…. one of the Coast Guard’s oldest and most recognizable missions. On an average day, the Coast Guard rescues 13 lives and in 2009 the Coast Guard responded to more than 23,000 SAR cases and saved 4,747 lives. On Sunday evening, one such SAR case lasted nearly 24 hours, covered about 3,200 square miles, and ended