Boating Safety

When All Else Fails: Broken Cables, Lost Hooks, and Options

By MarioJanuary 30, 2016 SAR

Though the mission had started out easy enough, three hours later it was the single worst moment of my life and by far my worst day in a helicopter. We were 240 miles offshore. It was pitch black, freezing cold, my best friend, Mike, was in the water and the hoist cable was – strand-by-strand […]

الغرق لا يشبه الغرق

By MarioMarch 11, 2015 Boating Safety

بقلم: ماريو فيتوني قفز القبطان الجديد من على ظهر سفينته إلى الماء، مرتدياً كامل ملابسه، وهرع يسبح بأقصى سرعة. وحيث أنه قد كان منقذاً مائياً في الماضي، فقد ظلت عيونه مثبتة على الضحية ولم يرفع نظره عنها لثانية واحدة. وأخذ القبطان يسبح بسرعة صوب الرجل وزوجته، اللذان كانا يسبحان في منطقة بين الشاطئ وبين مركب […]

Expecting the Unexpected

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]

Are You Missing Something?

You’ve been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You’ve created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]

Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

By MarioNovember 24, 2013 Boating Safety, SAR

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens’ 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99. Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast […]

Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School – MSNBC Report

By MarioJune 16, 2013 Coast Guard, Military, SAR

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Dangerous Distance

By MarioMay 31, 2013 Boating Safety, Risk

Boating is about getting away from it all, but if you don’t consider all of the things you are getting away from – like hospitals – you can wish you were back in civilization pretty quick.  In a post at Yachting, I wrote that “a safe boater fully understands and considers the hazards, and makes decisions about […]