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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
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August 9, 2017
Contact: John Stevens
Public Affairs Officer
703-628-7256
johnestevens@earthlink.net
http://cgaux.org

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Auxiliarists Check Condition of Private Aids to Navigation

Auxiliarist heaves a weighted line to measure the depth at which a Private Aid to Navigation is anchored

POTOMAC RIVER – John Rankin, a member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-6 based in Alexandria, Virginia, heaves a weighted line to measure the depth at which a Private Aid to Navigation (PATON) is anchored in the Potomac River near Mount Vernon, Virginia. Like regular Aids to Navigation (ATONs), PATONS are subject to Coast Guard inspection to ensure they are not damaged and have not drifted from their authorized positions. Rankin, assisted by Auxiliarists from Flotillas 25-6 and 25-8, inspected several PATONs during this patrol, using the boat’s electronic depth finder for additional precision. The findings were reported to the Coast Guard. This is one of many functions that Auxiliarists, who are civilian volunteers, do to support recreational boating safety and other vital Coast Guard tasks throughout the United States and its territories.

To learn how you too may join the Auxiliary and support the safe boating efforts of the Coast Guard visit the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary website.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by John Stevens. ###


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
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July 8, 2017
Contact: John Stevens
Public Affairs Officer
703-628-7256
johnestevens@earthlink.net
http://cgaux.org

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Beginning Boaters Learn About Boating Safety from Coast Guard Auxiliary

An instructor with U S Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25 O 8 teaching boat handling during an About Boating Safety class

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Thomas J. Pojeta, an instructor with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-8, taught boat handling as part of an “About Boating Safety” class in Alexandria, Virginia on July 8, 2017. The class educated boaters about boat handling and regulations, nautical “rules of the road,” trailering, and required equipment - knowledge that can help prevent mishaps on the water. Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia each identify different requirements for boaters before they may legally operate certain motorized vessels on their respective waterways, but each of these jurisdictions has some requirement for a safe boating class. Flotilla 25-8’s instructors are members of the community with years of boating and sailing experience.

Visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Safety Education to learn more.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by John Stevens. ###


Auxiliarists Learn About Washington Air Defense and Airport Disaster Response

Sat, 24 Jun 17  



U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
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June 10, 2017
Contact: John Stevens
Public Affairs Officer
703-628-7256
johnestevens@earthlink.net
http://cgaux.org

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Vessel Safety Checks Help Increase Recreational Boating Safety

A boat owner signs a Vessel Safety Check form with members of flotilla 2 5 O 8

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Boat owner Eugene D. Smith signs a Vessel Safety Check form with members Dan Viglione (center) and Tom Walsh (right) of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-8, June 10, 2017. Mr. Viglione, who is training to be a Vessel Safety Examiner, Mr. Walsh, his instructor, and other members of Flotilla 25-8 provided complimentary Vessel Safety Checks for boaters at the City of Alexandria docks. Vessel Safety Checks are a fast and easy way to find if a boater has all of their required and recommended safety equipment. Members of Flotilla 25-8 are civilian volunteers supporting the Coast Guard by promoting recreational boating safety through patrols on the Potomac River and its tributaries, boating safety classes and other vital maritime tasks.

Flotilla 25-8 meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Mount Vernon Yacht Club and is accepting applications for new members. Go to Flotilla 25-08's Homepage for more information and to contact a member.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by John Stevens. ###


Alexandria Safe Boating Week Proclamation

Sat, 20 May 17  

WHEREAS, for nearly 90 million Americans, boating continues to be a popular recreational activity. From coast to coast, and everywhere in between, people are taking to the water and enjoying time together boating, sailing, paddling, and fishing. During National Safe Boating Week, we want to bring special attention to this pastime and remind recreational boaters of a few tips to ensure that they and their loved ones are safe and responsible while exploring our nation's waterways; and

WHEREAS, proper planning for a day of boating begins even before leaving the home. Getting a free vessel safety check and taking a safe boating course at the beginning of the boating season, filing afloat plan with a trusted family member or friend, and checking the weather before boating are key steps to an enjoyable time boating. Every boater should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while boating. Drowning remains the number one cause of death for recreational boaters each year, and the majority of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents are not wearing a life jacket. Safe and responsible boating includes never operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and knowing basic navigation rules; and

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
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April 4, 2017
Contact: John Stevens
Public Affairs Officer
703-628-7256
johnestevens@earthlink.net
http://cgaux.org

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A Solemn Pledge to Flag and Country

Members of U S Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2 5 0 8 reciting the Pledge of Allegiance

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Members of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary Flotilla 25-8 (Mt. Vernon) recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their March 16 meeting at the Mount Vernon Yacht Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Members of the Auxiliary are unpaid volunteers committed to public service who support the Coast Guard in many ways, including performing safety patrols on the Potomac River and surrounding waters, teaching safe boating classes, performing complimentary safety checks for recreational vessels, monitoring aids to navigation, and providing support for USCG Station Washington.

Flotilla 25-8 meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Mount Vernon Yacht Club, and is accepting applications for new members. Go to Flotilla 25-08's Homepage for more information and to contact a member.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by John Stevens. ###