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Safety at sea
pays big dividends
Safe boating is a mantra here at BoatU.S.,
and the U.S. Coast Guard likes nothing
better than well-prepared boaters.
Watch standers from Coast Guard
Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, received
a 911 transfer from a cellphone caller
at 5: 18 a.m. last fall. A skipper stated
his 29-foot boat was taking on water in
the Gulf of Mexico and was in need of
emergency assistance. The watch stander
told the caller to don life jackets; then
communication was lost.
BOATU.S. REPORTS However, within an hour, a Coast
Guard helicopter hoisted four boaters clinging to an overturned hull.
All were wearing life vests, and no one
“This is a testament to the importance of having life jackets aboard your
vessel,” said Chief Warrant Officer
Robert Swanson, command duty officer
at Sector St. Petersburg.
Just weeks earlier, the Coast Guard
rescued two sailors some 35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas, Florida. At 5: 24
a.m. that day, watch standers from Coast
Guard 7th District in Miami received a
report of an activated electronic position
indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) from a
37-foot sailboat. By 8 a.m., a helicopter
crew located the capsized vessel and
hoisted both men to safety.
“This is a great example of how an
EPIRB can alert the Coast Guard when
someone is in distress. The minutes or
hours it saves could be the difference
between life and death,” said Chief Petty
Officer Nathan Webb, Coast Guard 7th
District command center controller.
— R.A. LEF
While boat- ers else- where have
their boats snug-gly put away for
California’s year-round boating climate nurtures the
casual “dock ’n’
Thanks to more
than a dozen loca-
San Diego Bay and
Mission Bay, local
family and friends
aboard their boats
and head to their
restaurants in these
bays are located
next to marinas.
When full, the
San Diego takes a shine to
winter dock ’n’ dine