Thursday, June 23, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs










June 23, 2011

Contact: Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer
305-588-7173
bswank@auxpa.org
http/cgaux.org




News Release



Alcohol and Water DON’T Mix..When Boating Safety is Involved



WASHINGTON – Statistics compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard show the use of alcohol while boating was the leading contributor to on-the-water accidents…and the needless loss of 126 lives during 2010.
With the long Fourth of July weekend just ahead of us, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary encourages all boaters to “Boat Responsibly” and be sure you have a designated sober and qualified coxswain on board to ensure your boat gets back to the dock safely. In all, 605 deaths from boating accidents were recorded last year, with July being one of the most hazardous months for boaters.
During 2010, alcohol use was involved in 330 boating accidents and, in addition to contributing to the deaths of 126 boaters, resulted in injuries to 293 others.
Just as in driving a car, alcohol use while boating can lead to impairment of critical senses needed to avoid boating accidents. Slowed reaction time and diminished decision making ability can make your day on the water a less than enjoyable one. Additionally, alcohol can cause dehydration and illness when you are exposed to a hot, sunny day of boating.
“Boat Responsibly” … and don’t mix alcohol with your day on the water. Save the “bourbon and branch” until you return home.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.



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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs















June 15, 2011
Contact: Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer
305-588-7173
bswank@auxpa.org
http/cgaux.org



News Release




Vessel Safety Check – The Only Cost is a Little of Your Time



WASHINGTON – With Memorial Day now behind us, the summer boating season is “officially” under way. If you haven’t already taken the time to have a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety examiner check out your boat, now is the time to do so.

Auxiliary flotillas around the country sponsor vessel safety examinations almost on a weekly or monthly basis at most local marinas and other outdoor marine events and venues. The safety check is free…your only investment is a little time.

A typical vessel safety check takes only about 30 minutes…and often can be done while you are waiting in line at the launch ramp. Or if you already are tied up at dockside, the safety check can be performed while you are making your last minute preparations and briefing your passengers on safety aspects of your boat.

Requirements for earning a Vessel Safety Check Decal to display on you boat include:

 proper display of registration numbers and appropriate registration documentation,;
 availability of personal flotation devices, visual distress signals, sound- producing devices and fire extinguishers;
 proper ventilation and backfire flame control for your engine;
 operable navigation lights and marine sanitation devices, if appropriate;
 pollution placards, copies of navigation rules and compliance with appropriate state local requirements,
 and overall condition of your vessel’s electrical and fuel systems, galley cooking systems and hazard-free deck and clean bilge.

While not a requirement to obtain a vessel safety check decal, the Coast Guard Auxiliary examiners recommend you have a marine radio, dewatering device, anchor and line suitable for the depths of water in which you will be operating, a first aid kit and other items that your examiner will review with you during the inspection.

So don’t put off a vessel safety check any longer…BOAT SMART FROM THE START!!!

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

Photos are available upon request.





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Sunday, June 5, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs








Date: May 30, 2011
Contact: Phil Bailey
Phone:417-271-9116
pwbailey@centurytel.net




News Release


What is an Epirb?



WASHINGTON- EPIRB stands for emergency position-indicating radio beacon. This device is designed to transmit a distress signal around the world if you needed. There are two types of EPIRBs. A manual and an automatic/manual. U.S. commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people and uninspected commercial vessels are the only vessels legally required to carry an EPIRB. But, like a life jacket, an EPIRB might be instrumental in saving your life.

“The most important thing for effective operation of beacons is for the beacon to be properly registered,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Turner, the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT) liaison officer. “Registering your beacon means the Coast Guard can be in contact with the folks back home who can provide search and rescue responders with more information to assist in a search.”

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.


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