Monday, June 06, 2011

Weekend Boating Rescues

It was a busy weekend for rescuers on the water...

Training in Kodiak, AK. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Each Monday throughout the spring and summer, we take a look at all the boating incidents from the weekend and share some of the ones that are unique and interesting, or that can provide a reminder about boating safety.

This weekend had a few we thought we should mention...

Lake Ontario
The Coast Guard recommends checking the weather forecast before heading out, and to know their vessel's capabilities and limitations. Thus concludes the article at democratandchronicle.com. The article begins with a news item about three boaters who, after the wind picked up and the chop on the lake turned into swells, abandoned their 16-foot boat to swim for the safety of a break wall.

Lake Michigan
WHTC News reports that three men were rescued by the Coast Guard after they were found clinging to the side of their capsized 24-foot boat, with only two of the three wearing life jackets. According to another article about the same incident, the Coast Guard applauded the men for using a VHF radio to call for help, which led to their rescue. However, there were no details in either article about the cause of the boat's capsizing, or why there were only two life jackets used.

South Africa
Nine fishermen spent several hours Saturday morning trapped in an air pocket under their capsized boat before being rescued as their 43-foot boat was driven ashore in a storm near Port Alfred in South Africa.

Check out FirstBoat.com's tips on boating safety, and stay tuned to the Daily Boater for more boating safety and seamanship articles.

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