The 24 hours of sunlight, enormous marine mammals and vast emptiness create an environment unlike any in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the melting ice is enticing adventure seekers to experience the untouched frontier. As vessel traffic increases, so does the chance for an accident in this inherently dangerous maritime region. It’s the inevitability of peril that drives many Coast Guard missions, and those missions extend all the way into the Nation’s Arctic. When an adventure on the Chukchi Sea took a turn for the worse, the Coast Guard was ready to respond.
In your career as a leader, there will be times when others will fail you. How you handle that failure will be your greatest test. The key question is, is it you or is it them? If your people have the ability but not the willingness, they need motivation. If they simply do not have the ability, it is your job to train them. Ability is not inherent. Ability must be taught.
Over the past week, we have shared some important aspects to help keep you and your loved ones safe while out on the water. We asked our virtual friends and family – our followers on Twitter – to share how they stay safe on the water each and every day. Share, retweet or favorite the advice below, or share your own using #safeboatingtips. We look forward to learning how you stay safe on the water!
Good Samaritans play a crucially important role on the waterways. When a recreational boater needs assistance on the water, other boaters in the area can provide immediate assistance, mitigating further damage and saving lives. These good Samaritans are true heroes and often times go unnoticed.
Last year alone, there were more than 70 deaths and 180 injuries that were directly attributed to the use of alcohol while boating. These staggering statistics make alcohol use the leading contributing factor to fatalities on the water. In fact, alcohol is involved in about one-third of all recreational boating accidents.
Department of Defense statistics show that 71 percent of 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are not eligible for recruitment primarily because they are too overweight, poorly educated, or have a serious criminal record. This is a national security issue.
More than 3,000 Coast Guard members call North Carolina home. North Carolina is also home to Rep. David Price, the 2013 recipient of the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award. The annual award is a way to recognize members of Congress who exemplify the spirit of the award’s namesake – the service’s first commandant.
Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger testified on implementing U.S. policy in the Arctic before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Vice Commandant led his opening statement by sharing his personal experience with Coast Guard operations in the Arctic; experiences that have shaped his understanding of the service’s role as the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.
Last year alone, there were more than 200 deaths and injuries for paddle craft operators, a sobering statistic that shows how inattention and improper preparation can affect paddle craft operators too. If you love getting outdoors and enjoying the growing trend of paddle sports, here are some simple tips to follow to help lessen the risks associated with these craft.
Last year, there were nearly 5,500 boating accidents that resulted in more than 550 deaths and 2,600 injuries. Most people look at this statistic and think, ‘It will never happen to me.’ However, most of these accidents involved experienced boaters. It is important to plan for the unforeseeable. What do you really need on my boat? What do you do if you are in need of assistance?