Articles, Blogs, and Rants

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 […]

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 […]

Call for Videos from Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic 2013

By MarioMay 25, 2013 Risk

Since writing about the tragic death of Avishek Sengupta at a Tough Mudder in West Virginia, I have received dozens of emails and comments regarding the event. Some have agreed with my opinions, and some have not. But there is a way that we can all be more sure of what happened that day. A […]

Dogs and Boating – The USCG Has Some Tips

My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!  

Drukning ser ikke alltid ut som drukning

By MarioMay 1, 2013 Water Safety

Translations: – English  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Magyar – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Den nye kapteinen hoppet fra dekk, fullt påkledd og spurtet gjennom vannet. Som tidligere badevakt holdt han blikket på offeret mens han skyndet seg rett mot et par som svømte mellom den oppankrede båten og stranda. «Jeg tror han tror at du drukner», sa mannen til kona si. De […]