Boating Briefs

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council recently passed two resolutions – one recommending the U.S. Coast Guard pursue mandatory boater education, the other reaffirming the Council’s commitment to accident reporting recommendations.    Resolution Regarding Boating Education Recommends that the Coast Guard redirect its efforts from seeking federal authority for education and instead focus effort toward […]

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Boating Briefs

The names of 252 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—including 123 who died in 2015—were formally dedicated on Friday evening, during the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil, held on the National Mall and produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This annual tribute to our nation’s law enforcement officers has become […]

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Requiring recreational boaters to wear life jackets would increase their odds of surviving an accident by 80 percent, according to a recent research study conducted at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, life jacket effectiveness is at its peak when the watercraft is short: The odds […]

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Mike Haynes sits on his boat on Lake Barkley near a boat ramp at Bumpus Mills Marina where he once had an experience where he fell off the boat without a life jacket and needed assistance getting out of the water. Courtesy Asset photo “Did you know most car accidents occur within five miles of […]

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For years, recreational boaters across the country have been “firing off” concerns about the carriage requirements for visual distress signals on their boats. Federal and state agencies saw the flares, and now they’re responding. Visual distress signals alert search and rescue teams in an emergency. Recognizing their importance in protecting lives, the Coast Guard required […]

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Since its first meeting in 1960, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has developed a wide range of recreational boating safety public policy. Resolutions, model acts, model procedures and other documents have helped make boating safer for all on our nation’s waters.  Unfortunately, very few states have enacted NASBLA’s Model Act on the […]

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