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Rhode Island Boater Rescued After 11 Hours in the Water With No Lifejacket

A Rhode Island man managed to tread water without a life vest for almost 11 hours after falling off his boat Tuesday, July 17. Joseph Gross was pulled from the water by Coast Guard rescuers just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday about … Continue reading

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Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accidents…Again

Florida has done it again. The state leads the country once more in the number of boating accidents and fatalities, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The numbers were released in a wildlife commission report looking at … Continue reading

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Boats Collide Off Delaware

Eight people and one pet cat were rescued Friday, July 13, when a sportfishing boat collided with a sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean off Delaware, officials said. No one was injured. The collision occurred about 4 a.m. seven miles east … Continue reading

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FBI Divers at Sunken Vessel Off NY Where 3 Died

A team of FBI divers was brought in Monday to assist Long Island police officials investigating the July 4th capsizing of a yacht that sank, killing three children. Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said the divers were using sonar and video … Continue reading

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Man Dies After Falling Overboard During Sailing Race

A Revere, Mass man died after falling overboard from a sailboat taking part in a Boston Yacht Club race Saturday, June 16th. Joseph Sampson of Revere lost his balance and fell from a sailboat just after 2 p.m., said Patrick … Continue reading

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Update: Searchers Ashore to Start Search for Wrecked Sailors

Finally, after delays caused by bureaucracy and 10-foot swells, 16 local searchers will make a land-based search of the island of Late, west of Vava’u, Tonga, for two sailors—an Australian, whose name has not been released, and British-Australian Ian Thompson, … Continue reading

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US Sailing Independent Review Panel Makes Discovery in Newport to Ensenada Race Tragedy

A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has come to a conclusion regarding the cause of accident during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Race that resulted in the deaths of four sailors on April 28. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376 sailboat, was … Continue reading

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New Zealand Duo Rescued Near Fiji After Boat Sinks

Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 46-foot yacht Touche hit a reef about … Continue reading

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Jetties Prove to be Hazards in 2 Accidents Over Holiday Weekend

Two horrible accidents several hundred miles apart over Memorial Day weekend raise awareness to the danger of unlit jetties to cruisers at night. Rescue crews on Monday afternoon recovered the body of missing boater, 43-year-old David Whitlow of Hebron, Md., right next … Continue reading

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ARC Europe Boat Abandoned; Crew Rescued

This is a great example of the maritime community coming together to help another vessel in distress. At around 22:30UT on Friday, approximately 330 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda, the yacht Outer Limits struck a submerged object, believed to be … Continue reading

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D’oh! Don’t Forget to Plug the Boat Before Hitting the Water

You can bet this guy’s friends aren’t going to let this mistake go. A Coast Guard crew from Station Buffalo, N.Y., rescued a boater Sunday afternoon after the man’s vessel began taking on water in the Niagara River near North … Continue reading

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Another Tragic Dinghy Death that May Have Been Avoidable

We never like to hear stories like these, but they are also a good reminder to take appropriate safety measures at all times, especially during rough weather. The crew of the 47-foot Musketeer of Stutton, a yacht from the Absolute … Continue reading

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Bronze Age Boat Replica Sinks at Launch

Perhaps they should have tested this before all the crowds gathered around. The maiden voyage of a replica Bronze Age boat made in Kent had to be aborted when it failed to stay afloat. The vessel, which is called Boat … Continue reading

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Ship of Dreams Lost on the Rocks

Before you take ownership of your boat, be certain to get insurance or you could have your dreams shattered like these cruisers. The owners of an uninsured yacht which smashed on rocks at the base of Mauao in New Zealand … Continue reading

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GPS Records Suggest Aegean May Have Landed on Rocks

We were horrified to hear of another deadly accident off California’s coast during a yacht race last week. While initial reports thought that the yacht had collided with a large ship in the middle of the night, tracking information has … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Halts Offshore Racing in CA While Examining 2 Fatal Yachting Accidents

Safety first! After the two recent deadly boating accidents in offshore races along the California coast, the Coast Guard has determined they need to further examine race courses and safety measures before allowing further racing. While we’re not exactly sure … Continue reading

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New Video of Duck Boat Accident That Killed 2 Offers an Important Lesson

While this accident happened nearly two years ago, the video footage (below) is new and alarming. With the increase in texting and cell phone use that has taken place for people of all generations, it offers an important lesson in … Continue reading

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Full Crew Farrallones Race Survivor Speaks Out

We can’t imagine how hard it was for Bryan Chong to write this letter, but we think he did an incredible job both honoring his crew mates and carefully examining if doing anything differently would have affected the outcome. All … Continue reading

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2 Dead After Cruise Line Doesn’t Rescue Adrift Boaters

Whether accidental or on purpose, this story is just tragic, and we certainly hope that it never happens again. The British captain of a cruise ship that failed to rescue three stricken Panamanian fishermen is said to be devastated by … Continue reading

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5 Dead in Farallon Islands Race Crash

There is no doubt that the sailing world was stunned by this horrible accident during the Farallon Islands race over the weekend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the friends and family of the victims. Four people who … Continue reading

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