Articles, Blogs, and Rants

Our Fathers Are Drowning

By MarioMarch 28, 2017 NDPA, Water Safety

So much of drowning prevention is focused on children, and it should be. Well over six-hundred children under the age of 15 drown in the United States each year and it is a tragedy that deserves the attention of all of us. So visceral is the pain of the loss of a child that the […]

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 […]

Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

By MarioJuly 5, 2014 Water Safety

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what […]