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 A tragic accident happen 6/16/2017 in a Marina at Put-in-Bay.   It is not clear if  GFI protection was evident either on the boat or shore power.   Best practice is to not allow swimmers near your craft while connected to shore power.    The article follows...

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — A 19-year-old from Dublin, Ohio, was killed Friday after being electrocuted in the water next to his family’s boat.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that the Currie family docked their boat, 33’ Sea Ray Sundancer, at Miller Marina in Put-In-Bay at around 6:30 p.m. and plugged into the shore power. Their dog fell into the water, and Jeffrey Currie, the father, jumped into rescue it. He began struggling and slipped below the surface of the water.

That was when his two sons also jumped in to help and began struggling.

The mother was on the boat and pulled the plug from the shore power. Once she did, the current in the water stopped and “all parties reboarded the boat.” Evan Currie, however, was unresponsive and convulsing . He was given CPR and taken to Port Clinton, but did not survive.

The ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft is leading the investigation into his death. They have taken possession of the family’s boat and associated equipment to assist in them.


PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — A 19-year-old from Dublin, Ohio, was killed Friday after being electrocuted in the water next to his family’s boat.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that the Currie family docked their boat, 33’ Sea Ray Sundancer, at Miller Marina in Put-In-Bay at around 6:30 p.m. and plugged into the shore power. Their dog fell into the water, and Jeffrey Currie, the father, jumped into rescue it. He began struggling and slipped below the surface of the water.

That was when his two sons also jumped in to help and began struggling.

The mother was on the boat and pulled the plug from the shore power. Once she did, the current in the water stopped and “all parties reboarded the boat.” Evan Currie, however, was unresponsive and convulsing . He was given CPR and taken to Port Clinton, but did not survive.

The ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft is leading the investigation into his death. They have taken possession of the family’s boat and associated equipment to assist in them.
 

Auxiliary Mandated Training Facts

 

Requirements for Auxiliarists to complete Mandated Training have led to some creative solutions to encourage members to complete this training in a timely manner.  Clearly there are a number of implications for failure to complete by year’s end, but there has been some confusion about methods and remedies.  There are facts and there is fiction; here are some facts:

 

  • Completion of Mandatory Training is now a prerequisite for
    • Initial or recertification in any competency.
    • Holding elected office after 31 DEC 2016.
    • Appointment to any local or National office.
    • Nomination for any elected local or National office.
    • Receiving travel orders, reimbursable or non-reimbursable orders
    • Attending any “C” school
    • Receiving a new or replacement Auxiliary ID Card, (other than Provisional members)
    • Acceptance of an Offer for Use for a surface, aircraft, or radio facility

 

HOWEVER:

  • Completion of Mandatory Training is not a prerequisite for initial or continuing membership in the Auxiliary.
  • Members who have not completed Mandatory Training may not be penalized with increased dues and members who have completed Mandatory Training may not be given a dues discount.
  • Members may not receive discounts on their dues for logging hours in AUXDATA, nor may an Auxiliary Unit pay any portion of a member’s dues for any reason.
  • Auxiliary units may not impose any sanctions or penalties upon members who have not completed Mandatory Training.
  • Failure to complete Mandatory Training is not a ground for disenrollment from the Auxiliary.

 

REMEDIES:

  • Failure to complete Mandatory Training is analogous to the member going into “REYR” status.
  • The member who has not completed Mandatory Training can come out of “REYR” status by completing the training.  It’s just like any other requirement that places a member in REYR status when training has not been completed.

 

In summary, Auxiliary Mandated Training prepares Auxiliarists to effectively serve as members of a volunteer organization that is in frequent contact with the American public and which augments and supports the US Coast Guard.  This training provides a basic understanding of crucial human relations, policies, personal safety, and organizational security topics, and the National Incident Management System.  Most importantly completion of the Mandatory Training places the Auxiliarist on the same footing as other members of the Coast Guard team and allows for seamless integration and augmentation.

VESSEL SAFETY INFORMATION

URGENT USCG MARINE SAFETY ALERT#03-16

Kannad Marine has issued a recall of all SAFELINK EPIRBs due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations.  If you own or use a SAFELINK EPIRB automatic or manual model as identified in the referenced SAFELINK Recall Safety Notice you should NOT use it as a primary Search and Rescue beacon onboard your vessel.

Kannad recommends that all owners of SAFELINK EPIRBs register their ownership, location and contact details via the dedicated website: http://www.safelinkepirbsupport.co.uk .  The website will first ask you to enter your SAFELINK EPIRB's CSN number which is located on the EPIRB's label. (See image on attachment.)  Once the CSN is entered an additional webpage will open where more detailed owner information is entered to arrange provision of a replacement EPIRB.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all owners and users of the Kannad SAFELINK EPIRBs seek replacement devices as soon as possible and NOT to use it as a primary Search and Rescue beacon onboard your vessel….

Please read the USCG MARINE SAFETY ALERT 03-16: URGENT KANNAD SAFELINK EPIRB RECALL located on the V-Directorate website at:  http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=dir-v-says

Clarification of the 12 Year Rule for Fire Extinguishers in VE Inspections

There has been confusion surrounding the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA10 provision dealing with the 12 year fire extinguisher expiration requirement) and the Vessel Safety Check.

The information in the Vessel Safety Check Manual COMDTINST M16796.8A regarding fire extinguisher inspection is the current, most accurate guidance. This information is the only reference that should be used by Vessel Examiners conducting Vessel Safety Checks, and providing instruction.

Vessel Examiners may encounter some fire extinguishers that have a 12 year expiration date on the device during a Vessel Safety Check. Extinguishers found beyond this 12 year date should not be considered unserviceable, and should not fail a Vessel Safety Check because of this fact.   These extinguishers should be inspected to ensure they are Coast Guard approved, and in compliance with the manual in terms of serviceability. 

Further details may be found at: http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=dir-v-says

 

AFRAS - 2016 Sea Rescue Campaign

Posted by: Michael Patena


AFRAS – The Association for Rescue at Sea
2016 Sea Rescue Campaign
Tragic and ongoing loss of life is currently taking place in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas as refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq flee the area in search of safety. 
Hundreds drown each month trying to reach refuge in overcrowded, poorly-equipped and inadequate boats, travelling across dangerous waters to rocky islands. 
With spring arriving, thousands of new refugees will be attempting this voyage that is as likely to result in injury and death as it is safe refuge.
Although there is no U.S. Coast Guard presence in that area of the world, you should know that one of our global partners is very much present and involved in the effort to stem the horrific loss of innocent life. 
The Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS), which awards the Silver Lifesaving Medal to recognize Coast Guard Auxiliarists involved in heroic rescues at sea, has created a website to document and provide information regarding  the work of the volunteer rescue forces at work in that area. 
These volunteer rescue efforts are greatly hampered by lack of funds and equipment.  You can help.  If you would like to know more about the problem and the rescue campaign effort, and ways that you can assist, please reference: http://afras.org/AFRAS-Rescue-2016.pdf

Dual Electronics XGPS150A universal GPS receiver

Recently, members of our Flotilla had the opportunity to purchase a unique Universal GPS Receiver from Dual Electronics  with there model XGPS150A unit.   If you enjoy using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop on the go, you're probably into cool GPS-enabled apps, like navigation, geocaching, aviation, golfing, and more. Or perhaps you just like using your device to find a bite to eat nearby or to let your friends on social media know where you are. But sometimes your device's GPS capabilities leave a lot to be desired — especially if you've got a Wi-Fi® only tablet or iPod touch®, where they're nonexistent — and that's where Dual's XGPS150A universal GPS receiver can really save the day.  This units receiver supplies GPS information to your tablet or other devices so you can use navigation apps in your vessel or car without having to be connected to the internet !   With appropriate navigation apps the device can indicate which boat dock your are standing on and it sells for $99. or less.    A useful app is found at www.navionics.com where you can purchase marine navigation charts.

Dual XGPS150A universal Bluetooth GPS receiverThe compact XGPS150A receiver communicates GPS information to your portable device using Bluetooth. It works with a large variety of portables including  smartphones and tablets.. Once you've done an initial setup with your device, this little Dual receiver pairs up automatically so you can get going without any annoying delays.

The XGPS150A receiver has a non-slip pad that you can use on your vessel or auto. .

Get your app on

Dual offers its own free Bluetooth GPS utility app for using the XGPS150A — download the app to your device and you'll be able to check the receiver's status, including the number of satellites the receiver is picking up, the signal strength of each satellite, battery level, and device connection confirmation. The receiver includes a non-skid pad for use in the car, plane, train, or boat, plus an adjustable two-piece strap for your bag that doubles as an armband so you can take the receiver with you on the go. Maximum range is 33 feet, giving you plenty of flexibility for placement.

Once you're up and running, you can use hundreds of compatible GPS- and location-based apps on your device with confidence, as the Dual receiver dramatically improves GPS accuracy. If you're using a Wi-Fi-only tablet or laptop, this receiver supplies GPS info so you can use navigation apps in your car without having to use 3G or 4G signals.

Ready to roam

The receiver locates your position anywhere around the world in under 30 seconds when properly placed, and updates position at least once per second. Since you're not using your device's built-in GPS receiver, you'll extend battery life on your device when it's connected to the XGPS150A. The Dual's battery lasts up to 8.5 hours on a full charge, and you can conveniently power up with the included USB cable or 12-volt adapter. The receiver's also built to withstand splashing, extreme temperatures, rapid speeds, and high altitudes.

Product Highlights:

  • universal Bluetooth GPS receiver
  • built-in rechargeable battery with up to 8.5 hours of life
  • 12-volt charger, USB charging cable, non-slip dashboard pad, and two-piece adjustable strap/armband included
  • works with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Apple iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, plus Android™, BlackBerry®, and Windows® tablets and smartphones
  • compatible with Dual Bluetooth GPS Status Tool app for showing receiver GPS diagnostics on your device
  • compatible with hundreds of location-based apps, including car and marine navigation, aviation, golfing, geocaching, fitness, and social media
  • pairs automatically to one device at a time after initial setup
  • GPS accuracy: +/- 2.5 meters
  • Bluetooth range: 33 feet
  • dimensions: 2-1/4"H x 2-1/4"W x 3/4"D
  • weight: 1.8 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year

The Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver is very simple to use. There is a quick set up process that includes pairing your device with the Receiver. Once this is done, the Receiver will automatically connect to the device it was last paired with, and you will be able to use it with hundreds of apps that require location information.

The GPS Receiver also comes with a useful GPS Status Tool app. (Available Free on the iTunes store). The app is a simple utility application for use with the GPS Receiver. The app shows detailed information from the GPS Receiver including:

  • Your location (or whether the device is still determining where you are)
  • How many satellites the device sees and the signal strength of each satellite
  • The battery level of the GPS Receiver, and whether or not it is charging
  • Confirmation the GPS Receiver is successfully connected to your iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

The GPS Receiver includes a non-slip pad for use in a cockpit, car or a boat. The non-slip pad will stick securely to most surfaces, including vertical walls and windows. The Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver is not waterproof, but it will withstand light splashes when it is seated properly in the non-slip pad.

A two-piece armband is also included for using the Receiver during hiking, geocaching, jogging, cycling and other outdoor activities. Use the armband without the extension to secure the GPS Receiver around the strap of a backpack, handlebar, etc.

Click here to download the product manual    Portions reprinted from Dual Electronics.

 

 

How to Access Mandated Training

Tue, 01 Mar 16  

You can access the login page for mandated training at the following link:

https://auxlearning.uscg.mil/ 

You can also watch a video courtesy of Flotilla 6-4 that explains how to access the Mandated Training courses at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5aSH8M3eBo&list=PLX5EclXvVFdtZ2FUEogrSWUCBTUBq_wvX&index=2

 

SEMPER PARATUS

Posted by: Charles and Jill Heath

Be prepared? 

We are in deep south Florida, Florida City to be exact.

One of our neighbors, Russ Huguenin and Laura McCormack, members of Flotilla 014-24-8 in Clinton, CT are friends of some of the Golden Knights, the Army Parachute Team that spends their Winter training at the Air Force Reserve Base in Homestead, FL. 

Picture of Charles and Jill Heath with 10 members of the Golden Knights during Coast Guard Auxiliary class "About Boating Safely" in Homestead, FL. Several members of the team wanted a safe boating course and Russ asked us if we could put the course together for at least four members of the team.

We didn’t have books, equipment, supplies or a place to have the class but we said we could.

After several phone calls to our flotilla keeper of the books, Larry Davenport, we had 10 books shipped to us and we set the dates of March 4th, 6th and 8th so we could provide the 8 hour Coast Guard Auxiliary class “About Boating Safely.”

We had 10 members sign up, received permission to use one of the training trailers at the Air Base and borrowed the AV equipment from the Golden Knights; we thought we were all set.

When the books arrived, a “fly-cutter” was in the box and not the boating books. 

After several trips to the Post Office, the books were not to be found.

After a panic call to Larry and a request to the Division for books, we received another supply of books. 

The class started as scheduled and moved along very well. There were pilots, aircraft mechanics, and jumpers in the class. Some jumpers had completed as many as 3,000 jumps or more. 

You ask, “What are the Golden Knights?” The Golden Knights are members of the U.S. Army and one of the world’s best parachute teams. They conduct parachute demonstrations, and compete nationally and internationally to serve as a public relations team to further promote the U.S. Army. 

We had a very successful class and 10 Golden Knight team members received their safe boating certificates, learned some boating safety and a little bit about the Coast Guard Auxiliary.