Archive for June 2012

Boat Kill Switch Wear Rate Estimated from U.S. Coast Guard BARD Data

In June 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) titled Installation and Use of Engine Cut-Off Switches on Recreational Vessels USCG-2009-0206. Among other things, the ANPR requested public comments concerning a potential future proposed rule requiring operators of certain boats to wear kill switches (like lanyard kill switches that […]

Diver Struck by Propeller Caught on Underwater Video

On February 13, 2012 a male Ukrainian tourist and his friend were snorkeling off the City Sharm Hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, an area of the Red Sea world renown by divers for its crystal clear water and underwater sights. A boat came by at high speed and its propeller struck the Ukrainian in the […]

Laass vs. Storm Lake, et al. (Mercury Marine and Lund Company) Settled

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa Western Division filed documents yesterday (June 12, 2012) stating the court has been advised the case has been settled and the parties anticipate no further action beyond filing a stipulated dismissal. We covered this case involving the death of a young boy earlier in […]

PGIC Goes Mobile

Yesterday, 4 June 2012, we launched a mobile version of the Propeller Guard Information Center ( allowing cell phone and other small display users to more easily navigate our recreational boating propeller safety site. Mobile users (except iPads) are automatically directed to the mobile version. They can still access the normal version from a link […]