A new state law lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for boat operators from 0.10 to 0.08 percent will have its first major run during the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest holidays on the state's waterways.
Pro football player Marquis Cooper, a passionate angler, lost his life along with two of his close friends, Will Blakely and Corey Smith, in a highly-publicized boating accident on the Gulf of Mexico in 2009.
Memorial Day weekend typically heralds the beginning of the recreational boating season in many parts of the country. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is teaming up with other boating safety organizations to take the boating safety message to the public.
A South African musical artist has spoken of his ordeal after being rescued from a sinking yacht off the coast of West Africa. Tristan Waterkeyn, 30, was one of four aboard the Ex Africa yacht which was sailing in the Cape Verde Islands.
Sailing yacht builder Morris Yachts held a send-off celebration Wednesday in Bass Harbor, Maine, for its Shearwater Hull 1, which is off to the Coast Guard Academy for use as a training vessel.
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