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OP PADDLESMART 2009 Recreational Boating Safety Pulse Op “WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET, 9 out of 10 Drowning Victims don’t”. Over 50% of all recreational boating fatalities are in non-motorized vessels 80% are the result of Fall Overboard/Capsizing & Sudden Cold Water Immersion
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Recreational Boating Safety Pulse Op
“WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET,
9 out of 10 Drowning Victims don’t”
Over 50%of all recreational boating fatalities are in non-motorized vessels
Sudden Cold Water Immersion
Thru 1 NOVEMBER 2009
(AS OF 23MAY08) (Presented in a single sheet format has been added to your packet)
The following items are required minimum equipment for paddle craft:
PFDs: 1 TYPE I, II, III, OR V LIFE JACKET IS REQUIRED FOR EACH POB.
TYPE V MUST BE WORN IAW LABEL DIRECTIONS
CHILDREN UNDER 13 MUST WEAR PFD (IF THE STATE HAS ESTABLISHED WEAR
REQUIREMENTS THEY TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS)
SOUND PRODUCING SOME MEANS OF MAKING
DEVICE: AN EFFICIENT SIGNAL IS REQUIRED.
VISUAL DISTRESS IF OPERATING BETWEEN SUNSET
DEVICE: AND SUNRISE MUST CARRY A VDS
SUITABLE FOR NIGHT USE – EITHER 1
ELECTRIC LIGHT (FLASHLIGHT) OR 3
COMBO DAY/NIGHT FLARES
NAVIGATION IF OPERATING BETWEEN SUNSET
LIGHTS: AND SUNRISE, 1 WHITE LIGHT (FLASHLIGHT ACCEPTABLE)
OR NAV LIGHTS FOR A SAILING VESSEL
ANCHORING LIGHTS: NOT REQUIRED UNLESS ANCHORING
IN/NEAR A NARROW CHANNEL/FAIRWAY – 1 ALL AROUND WHITE LIGHT
Explain Their Importance
There was a slight decline in the First Coast Guard District Recreational Boating and Paddling fatalities in 2008
There were 55 fatalities in 2008
as compared to 58 in 2007
Of the total 55 fatalities in 2008 only one person, a 3-year old girl on a 16’ capsized sailboat, wore a life jacket
In looking at only Paddlesport Fatalities
D1 had a total of 23 in 2007
and 14 in 2008
A reduction of 39.13%
No one was wearing a life jacket
Breakdown with type of Paddlecraft
15 Canoe fatalities in 2007 vs.
10 in 2008 - a one-third reduction
8 Kayak fatalities in 2007 vs.
4 in 2008 - a fifty percent reduction
Operation Paddlesmart Semi-Monthly Summary Report
Attention Bob Nolan @ Carolyn.V.Belmore@uscg.mil
Additional quantities can be ordered for special events by contacting COMO Belmore via email at Carolyn.V.Belmore@uscg.mil
Additional Report Forms can be found at: http://a013.uscgaux.info/OPPS_09.htm