Safe Boating Week 2007

 

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The Sea Fog Hazard
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...THE SEA FOG HAZARD...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE USCG AUXILIARY HAMPSTEAD

Sea fog, formed by warm moist air moving over cool water, is a dangerous weather event for the mariner. Visibility in sea fog is, at times, reduced to less than a boat length can significantly increase the risk of collision.

When your boat is shrouded in fog, all people on board must put on life jackets and boat speed must be reduced to allow enough time to stop to avoid grounding your boat or running into another boat or obstruction. Display lights and sound warning signals appropriate for limited visibility as required by the Navigation Rules.

Consider anchoring in a safe location to await better visibility especially when boating in waters like the Cape Fear River where large freighters are present.

Other precautions that must be taken include the posting of lookouts to look for and listen for signals or sounds from other vessels or to listen for the sound of breaking waves.

Remember that Safe Boating is no accident.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

THE USCG AUXILIARY HAMPSTEAD

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

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