NEWS ARTICLE ARCHIVE
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS TALK BOATING SAFETY ON BAYFM 101.7 AND WIGO 104.9 ON 11APR3
ANN REINICKE (L), STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION & ED HIND (C), COMMANDER, ARE INTERVIEWED ON AIR BY TAWNE HAYES (R) OF BAYFM 101.7 IN KILMARNOCK.
ANN REINICKE (L) DISCUSSED BOATING SAFETY EDUCATION CLASSES ON AIR WITH RON JEFFRIES (R) OF WIGO 104.9 IN KILMARNOCK.
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“We really appreciate radio stations 101.7 and 104.9 giving up some of their air time to help us spread the word,” stated Hind. “It was great to see their community involvement and concern for their audiences.”
Hind and Reinicke were interviewed by Tawne Hayes (BAYFM) and Ron Jeffries (WIGO) about what the Auxiliary is doing to promote Safe Boating in the Community. In addition to the monthly one-day Safe Boating Courses the Flotilla has scheduled, Reinicke also informed the audience of two new courses being offered this year – Paddlesports and Suddenly Alone. “We are offering the Paddlesports course because a lot of people buy a canoe or kayak and off they go,” said Reinicke. They are not aware of the rules of the road, safety requirements, weather, tides, currents and a lot of other information required to safely enjoy the water. The Marine Police and the Coast Guard also inspect canoes and kayaks on the water and issue some heavy fines if you are not carrying the required safety equipment.
“We also are offering the Suddenly in Command course for people who go out with an experienced boater, but suddenly the captain takes sick, falls overboard, has an attack or just cannot operate the boat,” continued Reinke. We want people to know how to try to rescue a person who fell overboard or get help for someone who require assistance. Unless you are an experienced boater, you may not know how to get help on the marine radio or call the Coast Guard for assistance.”
"I remember a Coast Guard Commander mentioning the fact that you never know how many lives are saved when you get boaters to practice safe boating or learn about safe operations,” stated Hind. "Mostly the unaware or bad boaters end up as a statistic.”
Another point that came up during the radio interview was the law. In Virginia, effective July 1, all boat operators with a ten horsepower motor or better must have a Safe Boating Certificate. Also, all Personal Watercraft Operators must have one also. “However, don’t take the course just because you have to,” stated Hind. “Take the course to be safe. Coast Guard reports year after year, that approximately 80% of the people that die while boating never took a safe boating course.”
PRESS RELEASE SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE,
FLOTILLA STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
PRESS RELEASE SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
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