Deck Watch looks at boating safety

BARROW, Alaska — A Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew makes preparations to begin a joint rescue exercise after being deployed in the Arctic Ocean from the Barrow boat ramp as a Barrow resident observes them July 27, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

 This week Deck Watch had a chat with Joe McCullough, education coordinator from Alaska’s Office of Boating Safety.

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio program featuring news from across the state of Alaska.

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Here is more news from across the state:

Dec. 25 — Sector Anchorage watchstanders overheard a mayday on VHF-FM Channel 16. Two people aboard a 22-foot recreational vessel stated their engines were not working and they were at the entrance of Culross Passage. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast. A Station Valdez small boat crew launched to assist the mariners. The small boat crew towed the 22-foot vessel and crew to Whittier Harbor. No injuries were reported.

Dec. 30 – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel are scheduled to enforce a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The safety zone, which includes the mouth of the Valdez Small Boat Harbor, will be established to ensure safety during the public viewing of this year’s City of Valdez fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners transiting the port during the display. A broadcast notice to mariners will be on VHF-FM channel 22 to ensure mariners are aware of the safety zone. Boaters who violate this safety zone are subject to direction to leave the restricted area, vessel boarding or civil or criminal penalties.

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