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Lack of float plan, communication leads to search

Two missing Florida boaters last seen leaving a Hammock Creek boat ramp were found Tuesday after an overnight search, according to the Coast Guard.



New regatta for sail and power coming to Maine

Shane Flynn, owner of Wayfarer Marine and Cabot Lyman, owner of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding teamed up and are adding a new regatta for sail and power to the August schedule.



Top 10 states for boating accidents

The National Safe Boating Council, through the use of Coast Guard Accident Statistics, has identified states with the highest number of accidents and fatalities in 2009. By order of the number of incidents, they are:



Tour boat to showcase proposed wind farm turbines

Cape Cod officials announced a new tour boat proposal, saying the controversial offshore wind farm can be a boon to local business.



Coast Guardsman acquitted of manslaughter

A Coast Guard petty officer who piloted a boat involved in a collision that left a child dead on San Diego Bay was acquitted Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter and three other charges.

After a court martial at Coast Guard headquarters in Alameda, Calif., a seven-member jury found Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Ramos guilty of the lesser charge of dereliction of duty for failure to conduct a risk assessment.

Ramos, 22, could face a maximum of three months of confinement for that charge. The more serious charge could have carried a 10-year sentence.

Ramos was piloting a 33-foot patrol craft during San Diego’s annual Christmas Parade in 2009 when it crashed into the boat of Alan DeWeese, whose 8-year-old son, Anthony, was killed. Five other people were injured.

“My wife and I are devastated,” Alan DeWeese said outside the courtroom. “When somebody runs over somebody and kills an innocent bystander, you would think that there would be more than just a dereliction of duty involved.”

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