Articles, Blogs, and Rants

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 […]

Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

By MarioApril 29, 2013 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. What does the station like to do when the roughest of the […]

Update: Tough Mudder – Witnesses Describe Rescue as Slow / Disorganized

By MarioApril 25, 2013 Opinion, Risk, Water Safety

(If you were there – please help:  A Call for Videos) A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did not surface from the jump.  Nicholas Sayers was at the Walk The Plank obstacle watching his sister participate in the […]