Democratic and Republican senators raised concerns Tuesday that the Coast Guard faces serious gaps in personnel and equipment under President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request.
Certain models of Digital Selective Calling-equipped VHF radios will automatically switch from a working channel to Channel 16 upon receipt of a DSC distress alert, distress alert acknowledgment and other DSC calls in which a channel number has been designated, according to a Coast Guard Safety Alert.
Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in less than three hours in the early hours of April 15. The much-chronicled disasterous maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" ocean liner resulted in the death of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people.
A collision on an Idaho lake is highlighting the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating. Two boaters were stricken March 13 while fishing and crashed into a docked sailboat.
Having broken ground as the first skipper with diabetes to compete in a global solo sailing race - the 2002-2003 Around Alone - Canadian native John Dennis is set to take on the challenge again with his entry in the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans.
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