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USCG releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2018

U.S. Coast Guard released their annual 2018 recreational boating accident statistics report on 26 August 2019. Total counts for 2018 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities were down compared to 2017. 2018 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4145 accidents, 2,511 injuries, and 633 fatalities. 2017 USCG stats were […]

Ryan’s Law & Federal Preemption- part 1

Ryan’s Law, is a proposed law in the State of New York requiring propeller guards on vessels used to instruct children under the age of 18. In October 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council met and basically said Ryan’s Law is preempted by federal regulations and will be struck down. The […]

Ryan’s Law & Federal Preemption- part 2

This post is a continuation of Part 1 of our post on federal preemption of Ryan’s Law, a law requiring propeller guards on vessels involved in instructing children under 18 years old. Our previous post cited several instances in the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Council (NBSAC) 100th meeting (NBSAC100) minutes in which NBSAC […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2017

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2017 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2017 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities were down compared to 2016. 2017 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,291 accidents, 2629 injuries, and 658 fatalities. 2016 USCG stats were 4,463 accidents, 2,903 […]

Kill Switch Public Service Announcement : Hunter Bland of U.F. bass fishing team

Hunter Bland and Conner Young of the University of Florida Bass Fishing team were ejected from their bass boat at speed during a Collegiate tournament in January 2017. A steering system failure caused the boat to abruptly turn to the right. Hunter was operating the boat and had the kill switch lanyard attached. Both young […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2016

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2016 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2016 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents were considerably higher than in 2016. 2016 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,463 accidents, 2903 injuries, and 701 fatalities. 2015 USCG stats were 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, and […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 4

U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 4 of our coverage. Friday 25 March 2017. Prevention Through People Subcommittee Rich Jepson opened the Prevention Though People segment. He expressed his thanks to Jeff Ludwig, Jeff Hoedt, and Captain Boross. Streamlining On-Water Instructor Licensing by […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2015

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2015 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2015 BARD reported accidents were 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, and 626 fatalities. USCG reported 158 propeller accidents, 150 propeller injuries, and 27 propeller fatalities. We would like to thank USCG for all the efforts they put into this annual […]

Coast Guard contractor finds flats boats unsafe : Kali Gorzell

Texas flats boats also called bay boats have been found unsafe by a United States Coast Guard Contractor. Bay boats / flats boats are relatively flat bottomed for shallow water operation. In July 2012, Kali Gorzel, a 16 year old girl loved by hundreds, fell from a bay boat off Port Aransas Texas when the […]

Marion Irving deCruz (SPIN) recognized by U.S. Coast Guard

Marion Irving deCruz, longtime proponent of boat propeller safety was recently recognized for her decades of dedication to boat propeller safety. Marion founded Stop Propeller Injuries Now (SPIN) in the wake of the death of her son, Emilio Cruz in a 1993 houseboat propeller accident. Her tireless work and efforts have made the waters safer […]