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Public Information Statement...Safe Boating/Beach Safety Week
National Weather Service Gray ME
714 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

...SAFE BOATING/BEACH SAFETY WEEK CONTINUES...

As discussed earlier this week...cold water can cause treacherous
early season boating in Maine and New Hampshire, however, boating
accidents occur throughout the year.  In 2015, Coast Guard
statistics showed there were 12 boating fatalities when combining
statistics for Maine and New Hampshire.  In addition, 42 injuries
were reported from the 85 boating accidents reported during the year
in the two states.  The estimated property damage totaled almost
$720,000.

Here are some national statistics for 2015...

* Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout,
  machinery failure, and excessive speed ranked as the top five
  contributing factors to boating accidents.

* Drowning was the cause of about 76 percent of all boating
  fatalities.

* 72 percent of all victims in fatal boating accidents were not
  wearing a life jacket.

* Alcohol was a contributing factor in many boating accidents and
  the leading factor in 17 percent of the deaths.

* 71 percent of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the
  operator had not completed a boating safety education course.

* The highest number of fatalities and injuries occurred among
  boaters ages 20-29.

* Collisions with recreational vessels was the most commonly
  reported accident.  However...collisions with fixed objects,
  swamping, grounding, and skier mishaps each contributed
  significantly to the number of accidents.

* About 43 percent of the accidents occurred while the vessel was
  cruising.

* Most fatalities occurred in calm water conditions or light winds.
  Most fatalities also occurred during the day when the visibility
  was good.

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Public Information Statement...National Safe Boating Week
National Weather Service Gray ME
859 AM EDT The May 26 2005

...PLEASE JOIN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OBSERVING NATIONAL
SAFE BOATING WEEK...MAY 21ST THROUGH MAY 27TH...

When spring and summer roll around and boating activity increases,
the frequency of thunderstorms and other weather hazards increase.
Too often boaters are caught off guard by fast moving weather
systems. Having knowledge of the large weather picture and knowing
exactly what to do when sudden storms appear could help you enjoy a
safe and more pleasant journey.

Fortunately, people on boats equipped with NOAA Weather Radio will
be able to tune into the Special Marine Warnings and Weather
Statements being issued by the National Weather Service. These
statements will give you instructions on where the storms are
heading and how severe they are expected to become.

When out on the water, tune frequently to NOAA Weather Radio, the
official voice of the National Weather Service, for the latest
forecast and warnings throughout the boating season.

You can listen to NOAA Weather Radio on the following frequencies in
Maine and New Hampshire:

KDO95     162.550 MHZ         Blackstrap Hill Falmouth ME
WSM60     162.475 MHZ         Blinn Hill Dresden ME
KZZ41     162.500 MHZ         Mount Washington NH
WXJ40     162.400 MHZ         Plausawa Hill North Pembroke NH
WNG545    162.545 MHZ         Mount Prospect Holderness NH
WNG546    162.525 MHZ         Moose Mountain Hanover NH
KZZ40     162.450 MHZ         Deerfield ME
WNG547    162.450 MHZ         Sugarloaf Mt Carrabassett Valley ME
WNG544    162.400 MHZ         Ben Young Hill Clarksville NH

If you have a VHF Transceiver with built-in NOAA Weather Radio
channels, use them. Keep in mind however, broadcast reception varies
with location, the quality of the radio and any obstructions. The
average range of the transmitter is 20 to 40 miles.

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Public Information Statement...Safe Boating/Beach Safety
National Weather Service Gray ME
705 AM EDT Wed May 25 2016

...SAFE BOATING/BEACH SAFETY WEEK CONTINUES...

While boating this season...be sure to get a complete picture of
The weather before you head out.  Don`t be surprised by sudden
thunderstorms or other weather hazards.  Listening to NOAA
Weather Radio...the official voice of the National Weather
Service...is a good way to stay on top of the weather.

The following information is an explanation of the type of warnings
you can expect to hear from the National Weather Service in
Gray Maine...

* SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY: to alert marine of sustained winds of 25 to
33 knots...or seas 5 feet or greater.

* GALE WARNING: to indicate winds between of 34 and 47 knots are
expected.

* STORM WARNING: to indicate that winds of 48 knots or above are
expected.

* HURRICANE WARNING: issued only in connection with a hurricane to
indicate that winds of 64 knots or greater are expected

* HURRICANE WATCH: issued when winds of hurricane strength are
possible...usually within 36 hours.

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING: issued whenever thunderstorms with winds of
34 knots or higher are expected or waterspouts are expected.

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