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April 2017 Archives

New Hampshire rescue reveals how dog PFDs help keep everyone safe

If you're taking a dog to sea, you should add a canine PFD to your safety gear list. And it's not just for your pet's safety. As a recent rescue near the New Hampshire coast reveals, knowing every living creature on board can float can help a captain focus on taking other necessary safety measures.

Cruise lines beginning to hire lifeguards to make pools safer

Drowning deaths on cruise ships aren’t limited to man-overboard incidents, unfortunately. In recent years, several children have drowned or come close to drowning in cruise ship swimming pools, according to the maritime website gCaptain. Prominent incidents include a near-drowning on a Disney Cruise Lines ship and two tragic deaths on Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

In El Faro’s wake, an idea for a new safety system

The wife of one of the crew members lost in the 2015 El Faro sinking wants to prevent other tragic losses at sea. In honor of her late husband, Rochelle Hamm is proposing what she’s calling the Hamm Alert system, which would keep ships from sailing during major storms.

Florida pleasure boater injured in collision with fishing vessel

A recreational boater was hurt when a commercial fishing boat's outrigger hit a smaller pleasure boat near Port Canaveral recently. The April 2 incident involved a 48-foot commercial fishing vessel, the Joyce Marie, and a 25-foot recreational boat about two miles from shore.

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