U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided.
Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and Clint Dawson, President of Sundown Patrol of Lee County, addressed the need forboater education, the use of life jackets on the water, and the efforts made by the air and water patrols in a search and rescue missions on the water. To hear the full program visit news.wgcu.org/programs/gulf-coast-live-wgcu.
After you have taken the water/boating education classes, and before you put on your life jacket, make out a Float Plan. This is a document that gives all information as to your boat, where you are going, who is going with you, when you will be leaving, and maybe most importantly, when you are expected to return. Give this document to a responsible person with the instructions to contact USCG if you are not back as scheduled.
Be safe on the water. Remember to WEAR IT!