Safe Boating Week 2005

 

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Be Weather Wise on the Water
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 10-6 Wilmington, NC

 
 

...BE WEATHER WISE ON THE WATER...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY 10-6 WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA.

THE US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY FLOTILLA 10-6, WILMINGTON, REMINDS BOATERS THAT CAROLINA COASTAL WEATHER CAN AND DOES CHANGE RAPIDLY.  SAFE BOATING INCLUDES KNOWING THE WEATHER AND KNOW THE SIGNS THAT THE WEATHER IS CHANGING.  BEFORE LEAVING THE DOCK, EVEN ON SHORT TRIPS, KNOW WHAT THE WEATHER FORECAST IS FOR THE AREA.  THEN WHILE ON THE WATER CHECK THE WEATHER OFTEN.  BE ALERT TO CHANGES IN WIND DIRECTION AND VELOCITY AS WELL AS CHANGES IN CLOUD FORMATIONS. THUNDERSTORMS ARE OFTEN PRECEDED BY SUDDEN CHANGES IN WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED AND GATHERING CLOUD FORMATIONS, USUALLY FROM THE WEST.  STATIC ON THE AM RADIO INDICATES A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA. THE BEST RULE IS, AVOID ALL THUNDERSTORMS IF POSSIBLE. SEEK SHELTER AT THE FIRST SIGNS OF A THUNDERSTORM.  DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR THUNDER OR SEE LIGHTING.

IF A STORM IS CLOSE AND YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO SEEK SAFE HARBOR, HAVE EVERYONE PUT ON THEIR LIFE JACKET, SECURE LOOSE OBJECTS, AND TAKE A COURSE PARALLEL TO THE STORM.  DO NOT TRY TO OUT RUN THE STORM BY STAYING IN FRONT OF IT.  IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A STORM, TURN YOUR BOAT INTO THE WIND AND HEAD INTO THE WAVES AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE AND HAVE EVERYONE STAY LOW IN THE BOAT.

IT IS BETTER TO AVOID A STORM THAN TO HAVE TO RIDE IT OUT.  LISTEN TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROADCASTS ON VHF-FM RADIO HOURLY, NOTICE THE WIND DIRECTION AND VELOCITY, AND WATCH CLOUD FORMATIONS FOR CHANGES.

BOAT SMART FROM THE START.  BE WEATHER WISE!

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY 10-6 WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA.

...YOU'RE IN COMMAND. BOAT RESPONSIBLY!...

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