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Lady Mary sinking: boaters should take heed

The 72-foot Lady Mary sits on the bottom 65 miles off Cape May, N.J.The March 2009 sinking of the fishing vessel Lady Mary off Cape May, N.J., with the loss of six crewmembers inspired a 20-page Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper account of the tragedy and, with the loss of five other fishermen off New Jersey in 2009, raised an alarm that helped push far-reaching fishing vessel safety measures through Congress.

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Boaters balk at DSC despite its capabilities

A DSC radio can summon help with the push of one button.At the press of a single button, DSC radio technology can put a Coast Guard rescue helicopter overhead within minutes. But in the 12 years since the government required manufacturers to include this technology, only a small fraction of U.S. boaters have done the two things to enable their VHF radios for digital selective calling.

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Should the C.G. embrace mobile phones?

Smart phones are capable of providing GPS-generated position data.Eric Kunz and Todd Crocker are veterans of the U.S. marine electronics industry. Ask them about the boating public’s failure to embrace VHF digital selective calling technology and they turn the conversation to mobile phones.

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High stakes for cruisers in pirate waters

The range of Somali pirates has steadily expanded.Four American cruisers shot and killed, seven Danes taken hostage on their yacht, a Dutch couple's 60-foot dive boat boarded, all in a month's time in the Indian Ocean, as the plague of Somali piracy continues unabated.

The attacks now come with more violence and over a much greater expanse of water, from the Horn of Africa east to India and south to Mozambique.

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Avoid Engagement

"Enough is enough," says Charles Clifton, founder and director of Humanitarian Defense, referring to the four American cruisers who were shot and killed by Somali pirates off Oman.

"If people are going to sail in these waters, they have to take some responsibility to protect themselves," says the 31-year-old international security operations specialist from Gardnerville, Nev.

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