‘Tis the season for boating safety

As the countdown to the holidays quickly winds down and you’re trying to make those few last-minute purchases, we want to remind you of a few lifesaving gifts for the special boater in your life. So put down that ugly sweater, return that tired, old tie back to the rack and check out this list of thoughtful gifts that could help your favorite boater.


radio watch

Float plans: Safety can’t get any easier

I want to tell you about the most useful safety device available today. When you’re going through your underway checklist, this item should be the first and last thing you mark off. It’s simple and it’s free. It’s called a float plan. Essentially, it’s a “who, what, where and when” of your boat trip.


HMS Bounty rescue

Coast Guard rescues 14 during Hurricane Sandy

In the first major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operation associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard has rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., and continues the search for two people who remain missing from the crew of HMS Bounty.


EPIRB

What’s an EPIRB?

As part of National Safe Boating Week, we asked our U.S. Coast Guard Facebook fans what item that helps them boat responsibly would they like to know more about. While there were votes for VHF radios, marine flares, life jackets […]


C-130 search plane

International search leads to rescue of 20

When unforgiving seas hit a vessel and caused it to sink off the Marshall Islands, the 20 mariners aboard were forced to abandon ship. Two thousand miles away, as the crew sheltered in their life rafts, Coast Guard watchstanders and […]


Then and Now Part 2: Putting the SEARCH in Search and Rescue

Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time, to the mid-1800s, on the sparsely populated east coast. You are wearing the uniform of a surfman, assigned to a U.S. Life Saving Service station in New Jersey. […]