October 16, 2005 |
A tour-boat accident on New York's Lake George that killed 20 people earlier this month raised questions about the safety of smaller passenger vessels, such as tour boats, ferries and fishing charters. How shipshape are such vessels? The short answer is that, in the U.S. at least, you're quite safe -- statistically speaking. But there are worrisome gaps in regulations. Passengers can take steps to protect their own safety.
May 26, 2005 |
Tasmanian devils of the breakwater, or upstanding citizens of the surf? Either way, those zippy little speed demons with names like WaveRunner, Sea-Doo and Jet Ski are heading our way, as Memorial Day marks the start of the high season for personal watercraft use. "Just make sure to watch your speed," the manager at Marina Boat Rentals in Marina del Rey says before handing a visitor the keys to a two-person Yamaha WaveRunner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2005 |
Ventura County officials said Friday they are moving quickly to secure funding for a boating safety center at Channel Islands Harbor that was approved this week. The California Coastal Commission voted 7 to 3 on Wednesday in favor of the two-story, 20,000-square-foot center that county officials hope will breathe new life into the aging county-owned marina near Oxnard. Ventura County is the largest coastal county in California without a boating safety center.
February 15, 2005 |
Recreational boaters are more likely to die in winter accidents than during the summertime, the latest U.S. Coast Guard statistics show. Although fewer boating accidents occur when the water is cold, nearly one in four boating accidents in November and December 2003 were fatal, compared with less than one in 14 in July, the busiest month for boating. Hypothermia is the leading killer in cold-weather accidents.
October 12, 2004 |
Hundreds of preventable drownings have prompted federal regulators to consider whether to require boaters to wear life vests, igniting a safety-versus-personal freedom debate akin to the clash over mandatory motorcycle helmets. The National Transportation Safety Board recently held a forum in Virginia during which boating safety officials discussed new laws to make the use of life vests mandatory. Meanwhile, boating industry representatives blasted the government for meddling.
August 24, 2004 |
The air that killed Mark Tostado on Labor Day weekend was calm and hot, the product of the sunny days that draw boaters year-round to Lake Havasu, on the California-Arizona line. Tostado, 31, a Huntington Beach personal fitness trainer and military veteran, had waded into the lake's shallow Bridgewater Channel last year to say goodbye to a woman standing behind two idling boats. She playfully stole his hat and turned away. When she looked back less than a minute later, Tostado was gone.