General Messages Weekly Round-up

New Fertility Treatment Exemption for weight standards, training opportunities, company commanders and Officer in Charge boatswains mates get an advantage for service wide exams and more in this week’s general messages!

A Coast Guard petty officer and a civilian pose for a staged photo of someone being arrested for boating under the influence. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths. Be part of Operation Dry Water by making a pledge to never boat under the influence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

Boat safe, boat sober: Designate a sober skipper

Boating under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs continues to be the primary contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 91 boating fatalities and 228 boating injuries in 2015.


BUI: Don’t be that guy

No one thinks twice these days about drinking and driving – why should drinking and boating be any different? As the weather warms and boating season kicks off, every boater needs to know and understand the risks of consuming alcohol while boating.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Kyle Love

“His efforts to build each case improved safety on the water to support successful prosecution,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null, the operations petty officer at Coast Guard Station Marblehead.

Boaters found to be impaired while boating can expect penalties to be severe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

6 most common rumors about alcohol and boating

It’s nearly Friday! Getting ready to go kick back on the boat this weekend? Relax, unwind, invite some friends and have some beers, right? Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated, though.

Boating under the influence

All washed up: The dangers of BUI

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.

Operation Dry Water will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and boater education.

Boat Safe. Boat Sober.

What is one of the leading contributing factors in fatal boating accidents? Alcohol. Just like being behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, the consequences of boating under the influence are deadly. Alcohol can impair vision, coordination, balance and […]

VALLEJO, Calif. - Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Jack, a marine enforcement specialist at Training Team West, breathalyses a volunteer as part of boating under the influence training for the boarding officers at Coast Guard Station Vallejo, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Boarding officers received three hours of refresher classroom B.U.I. training and then opportunity to apply their training on volunteers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns.

A Sobering Reminder: Operation Dry Water

Whether you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle or behind the wheel of a vessel, the consequences of a DUI and BUI are virtually the same. This weekend, June 24 through 26, a multi-agency initiative is taking to the water in an […]

Operation Dry Water – Boat Safe. Boat Sober

For the second year in a row, Operation Dry Water hits America’s waterways this weekend, June 25-27. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related […]

itCG-219 years young, BUI crackdown, search for cruise ship passenger, British lord rescued, shark victim recovering

First, Happy Birthday Guardians! Today is the U.S. Coast Guard’s 219th birthday. Authorities cracked down on Boating under the Influence (BUI) during last weekend’s Seafair on Seattle’s waterfront. Officials contacted between 500 and 600 boats and issued 110 citations for […]

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