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May 18, 2011
Op-ed contributor L. Alan Keene ("Save boaters from themselves," May 18) is certainly correct that the use of life jackets by boaters is a sensible precaution in many situations, but the notion that life jackets should be mandated under penalty of law is appalling. Unlike driving while using a cell phone, the choice to operate a boat without a life jacket endangers no one but the boater who made the decision and should be left to him or her without government intrusion. Mr. Keene asserts that the life jacket represents weakness and timidity for many male boaters.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The voice of the water taxi operator off Canton came over the radio Wednesday morning. "We're taking on water," he said. "I think sinking or capsizing is imminent. " Emergency responders listening to their radios at a nearby pier immediately shifted into gear, readying themselves for the start of a mock exercise rescuing dozens of overboard victims in the Inner Harbor. The energy was apparent, if somewhat awkward. "You want to try to do good on these things," said Skip Minter, a longtime boat pilot for the Baltimore Fire Department, whose job was to maneuver out to the training scene — dozens of life jackets strewn about in the water — and return the "victims" back to shore.
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NEWS
April 13, 2013
Kudos to the nonprofit Pride of Baltimore, Inc. for showing kids that learning can be fun, as was apparent in the published photographs ("Pride II takes to the bay as a floating classroom," April 11). But there was something blatantly missing - life jackets! Let's be sure to also use these learning excursions to teach the importance of water safety. Terry Callanan, Catonsville
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | May 18, 2014
The Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a warning to boaters and anglers to avoid the Upper Potomac River, including its swollen creeks and streams, through Monday. The advisory, issued Friday and based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, covers the river from Cumberland to Great Falls. It could be extended Monday afternoon, if necessary. The water levels pose a threat to non white-water vessels, tubers, anglers and other recreational users and are caused by wave action, water velocity and treacherous currents.
NEWS
By L. Alan Keene | May 17, 2011
Sadly, while we Americans rail against big government's intrusion into our personal lives, our unwillingness to stop certain reckless behaviors often invites governmental involvement. Simply put, sometimes we need to have laws passed to protect us from ourselves. If common sense doesn't do it, then the law must. The use of cellphones while driving is a perfect example. States across the nation are scrambling to pass laws prohibiting hand-held cellphone use when behind the wheel.
SPORTS
By PETER BAKER | August 9, 1994
Friday evening, with the wind up in the teens and waves running 3 feet in some areas, a long line of sailboats paraded out the Severn River to the starting line of the Governor's Cup race.Like most parades, the procession was colorful -- gold and white sails, polished boat hulls, many crews in matching shirts, all set against the slate gray clouds of a darkening sky.The Governor's Cup, an overnight race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City, is a popular event and draws large numbers of boats from around the Chesapeake.
NEWS
By Edward H. Shur | March 31, 1991
Last Sunday, David Leppo did what many fathers do: He decided to spend time with his son.So the 53-year-old Sykesville man and his 23-year-old son Andy took a canoe out in a channel of the Liberty Reservoir. They planned a pleasant day of quiet fishing.Unfortunately, the day ended in tragedy when the canoe was caughtby a strong wind and flipped over, plunging the two men into the bitterly cold water.Two nearby fishermen were able to rescue the son. He was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and released.
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By PETER BAKER | March 16, 1995
A couple of weeks ago on the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, a $3 million America's Cup boat broke in half and sank within two minutes, sending 17 crew members overboard into cold, rough water. And while there were life jackets aboard oneAustralia, none of the crew was wearing one and none had time to put one on before going over the side.A few days later, when the Australian team went to the race course in their back-up boat, all were wearing life jackets -- but then they removed the personal flotation devices when the racing began.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Anne Arundel Bureau of The Sun | July 21, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- On a sultry afternoon in the Magothy River, a pair of Natural Resources Police officers spot-check a handful of recreational boaters for safety violations, with predictable results.As the officers pull along each vessel they ask, among other things, to see the boat's mandatory life jackets.Not surprisingly, the owners all eventually produce the bright orange vests, but only after retrieving them from some crowded cubbyhole below deck.No one on board any of the boats is wearing a life jacket, though the wind has kicked up white-peaked waves in the Chesapeake Bay.One fisherman pulls out a child-size vest initially.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
Two Baltimore marinas and the BOAT/U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety have begun a pilot program aimed at helping to save the lives of children who go boating.Working with the foundation, Baltimore Marine Center and Old Bay Marina will lend life jackets to children 12 and under in an effort to promote the use of life jackets and to ensure that children are fitted with the correct size of flotation device.Last year the Coast Guard changed life jacket requirements for recreational boats under 16 feet to require a wearable life jacket for each person on board.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
As Maryland takes part in National Safe Boating Week (May 18-25), Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert has a number of suggestions and warnings for those planning to be on the state's waterways this spring and summer. •Wear your life jacket and make sure it fits. While Friday was "Wear Your Life Jacket To Work Day," it really kicks in with the start of the boating season and its first big weekend leading up to Memorial Day. "We like to remind people that this might be their first time out this year on the water, and we want them to get their life jackets out," Albert said.
NEWS
April 13, 2013
Kudos to the nonprofit Pride of Baltimore, Inc. for showing kids that learning can be fun, as was apparent in the published photographs ("Pride II takes to the bay as a floating classroom," April 11). But there was something blatantly missing - life jackets! Let's be sure to also use these learning excursions to teach the importance of water safety. Terry Callanan, Catonsville
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
The body of a Virginia man thrown from a small boat on the Chesapeake Bay during Friday's powerful storm was recovered Sunday evening off Calvert County by Maryland Natural Resources Police. Angel Giovani Ayala Cerros, 26, of Alexandria, was found near Chesapeake Beach. He was one of five people aboard a 12-foot boat that capsized after being pounded by high winds and heavy seas. The four survivors, wearing life jackets, were rescued early Saturday morning by the Coast Guard. His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
Three boaters were rescued Monday evening from Middle River by Natural Resources Police after their small boat capsized in choppy, wind-swept water, the agency reported. An officer found Dwayne W. Abbott, 28, of Essex and Jonathan M. Miller, 11, and William H. Miller, 34, both of Middle River in the 58-degree water near Wilson Point with help from the Baltimore County aviation unit. The boaters were transferred to a Baltimore County Fire Department boat and then taken to Franklin Square Hospital for evaluation, the police report said.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2011
Nine people have died in the waters of the mid-Atlantic in the past two weeks, according to the Coast Guard. The death of the 52-year-old boater in Ocean City last weekend was the latest in a string of drownings and boating accidents so far this summer - and technically, summer doesn't officially begin until June 21. The Coast Guard notes that several of the fatalities involved boaters who were not wearing life jackets. According to Coast Guard statistics, such drownings caused 75 percent of all boating deaths in 2010 and of those who drowned, 88 percent were not wearing life jackets.
EXPLORE
May 26, 2011
The last week of May is National Safe Boating Week, and this year's campaign theme — Wear It! —brings attention to the importance of always wearing a life jacket when boating. According to the Coast Guard, 84 percent of those who drowned in 2009 were not wearing life jackets. The Laurel Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe-boating classes throughout the year. The next class is June 14 and 18 at the Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Call 703-690-8341 to register.
NEWS
May 5, 1999
A LIFE preserver may save your life, but only if you wear it. It's deadly serious advice: Perhaps 80 percent of drowning victims in boating accidents could have survived had they worn a life vest or personal flotation device.The law does not require that life jackets be worn. It only requires that an approved flotation jacket and proper throwable device (ring or cushion) be available for every person on the craft. (Water skiers, whitewater runners and Jet Ski-type riders must wear a vest, by state law.)
NEWS
June 6, 1994
The state of Maryland makes it easy -- too easy -- for people to operate a boat. You don't need a license. And if you were born before July 1, 1972, you aren't even required to take a boating safety course. You can buy a boat and be out in the middle of the bay the same afternoon, even if you can't tell starboard from port. The responsibility to know what you're doing is yours to assume or not.Unfortunately, the events of the Memorial Day holiday just past show too many boaters are shirking that responsibility.
NEWS
May 26, 2011
I just read the article "Save boaters from themselves" (May 18) and I have to disagree with author about making it a law to wear PFDs (life jackets). That is what is wrong with this country today, there are too many laws telling people what to do. People need to start thinking for themselves and become responsible for their own actions, and the government needs to stay out of peoples' lives. The people are bigger than the government since we created the government. We do not need laws to protect us from ourselves.
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