RISK OF UNPREDICTABLE VEHICLE BEHAVIOR – INTAKE GRATE MAY DETACH

RECALL MODELS

Bombardier Recreational Products has issued a Recall Notice for select Sea Doo Watercraft. Follow the link at the bottom of this article for further information:

RISK OF UNPREDICTABLE VEHICLE BEHAVIOR - INTAKE GRATE MAY DETACH
July 17th, 2019

Re: Risk of Unpredictable Vehicle Behavior - Intake Grate May Detach

Dear Sea-Doo® Owner,

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and other applicable laws.

BRP is conducting a safety recall on certain Sea-Doo models.

Our records show that you own a potentially affected vehicle.

What should you do?

Which models are involved?

Model year 2019 Sea-Doo GTX, RXT and Wake PRO equipped with 230 and 300 engines.

What is the potential problem?

Due to inappropriate front fastener torque, the intake grate may detach from the vehicle while in use. Riding at a speed above 55mph - 88 km/h without an intake grate may cause unpredictable vehicle behavior which could lead to occupant ejection.

In some situations, this could result in serious injuries or even death.

To confirm that your VIN (Vehicle identification Number) is affected or that you have an affected cooler sold as an accessory, contact your authorized Sea-Doo dealer or BRP at 1-888-272-9222 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time 7 days a week.

What will BRP do?

BRP intends to repair your vehicle free of charge.

Check your model

What should you do?

Contact your BRP Sea-Doo dealer and make an appointment. Your dealer will perform the repair procedure.

If you must use your vehicle, the following precautions must be adhered to:

Do not operate the vehicle at speeds over 55mph (88 km/h)

The presence of aftermarket modifications will not prevent you from receiving this service at no cost. The presence of these modifications, while the service is being completed, will not void any existing warranty or service contract.

What to do if you feel this notice is an error?

This notice was mailed to you according to the most current information we have available. If any information in this notice is incorrect, please contact BRP at your earliest convenience.

If you have questions, need assistance, or to find your nearest authorized BRP Sea-Doo dealer:

In Canada and USA call 1-888-272-9222
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time 7 days a week.

Your continued satisfaction with your BRP products is important to us. Please understand that we have taken this action in the interest of your safety. Therefore the “Quick Latch” feature will be discontinued from production on those coolers but will retain its latching function. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

After-Sales Service Department

BRP recall notice link
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Posted: July 28, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
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Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

FLOAT PLAN REGISTRY

WHAT IS IT?

If you plan to venture offshore or a casual local ride you need to file a float plan!

This is the surest way to protect your safety underway by using this simple online digital float plan process. This does not take up much of your time but can be invaluable in case of an emergency for you or your loved ones.

Float plans used to be filled out by a piece of paper, now using this APP a digital alert is sent out and its easier to control the communication flow.

How many Personal Water Craft riders get underway, have a problem and no communication device and suddenly the situation appears dire? Float plans have been used for years, traditionally you would hand a copy to the Harbor Master and your friends. This APP speeds up the process and security.

THE CREATOR

About Jim Young

‘A part-time boater and full-time software developer in the Pacific Northwest.

I've spent the last 20+ years building software. Now, I'm combining two things I love, building software and boating.

In fact, much of the Float Plan Registry application was written aboard our family boat, a 34 foot Tollycraft, while cruising in the San Juan Islands in Washington state.’

Float Plan Registry float plans are very active!

Float plans created with Float Plan Registry take an active interest in your safety.

You can set alerts in your float plans that trigger automatic check-in reminders, and overdue notices.

In other words, your float plan will automatically remind you to check in.

If the system does not receive a check-in status from you after a few attempts, it automatically notifies your contacts so they can try and reach you as well.

START NOW

Building a Float Plan:

1. Plan Summary - Give your float plan a name, choose departure and return dates, and add an optional description.
2. Itinerary - Document the specific locations you plan to visit. Use the interactive Google Map to pinpoint the exact location. Activate alerts to receive check-in reminders and activate the automated overdue system.
3. Crew - When you created your profile, you supplied information about your crew. Now it's a simple matter of selecting each crew member that will be joining you. Even better, if you specified a default crew list, those crew members will be automatically included making the process even easier!
4. Guests - If you will have people on board in addition to your crew, you'll enter their information on the guest list.
5. Contacts - When you created your profile, you supplied information about your contacts (the people you want your float plans automatically sent to). Here you simply choose which of your contacts will receive your plan, or if you specified default contacts, those will be automatically included.
6. Preview - Preview your float plan as your contacts will see it.
7. Publish - When you're ready to share your float plan with your contacts, a click of the Publish button is all that's needed. An email is sent to each of the contacts you specified on your float plan. The email contains a link they may use to view your float plan online.

follow this link to make your account: https://floatplanregistry.com/index.php

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

PERSONAL WATER CRAFT OFFSHORE RIDING

PREPARE

If you are interested in riding offshore from the coast further than a 2-mile distance you need to seriously plan about your excursion for safety. You don’t want to stress your family or colleagues.

You can save yourself the embarrassment of an investigation if you have a mishap offshore by pre-planning your route and gear.

You will need to plan ahead.

1. Know what the fuel range of your Personal Water Craft is
2. Operate during daylight hours
3. File a Float Plan
4. Carry a Marine Band Radio (VHF) set to Ch. 16
5. Carry a GPS tracking device on your person such as a SPOT locator or a inReach device
6. Make sure your craft is seaworthy and properly maintained, conduct a pre-launch thorough inspection
7. It is best not to operate with a passenger on board due to safety
8. Plan ahead by monitoring the water and weather conditions, even while underway. Do not operate in lightning will be 10 miles in your zone. Monitor the NOAA Marine Weather Service channel.
9. Have an emergency plan in effect in case something goes wrong or your PWC sinks. You may need to purchase Vessel Assist and ask them what the range is.
10. Talk to your local U.S.C.G or Harbor office and let them know your offshore plans and contact them when you return.

MONITOR WEATHER AND WATER

If properly prepared operating offshore is not a problem, but quickly amplifies when one simply pushes out.

Search and Rescue calls can cost millions of dollars and they can be billed back to the PWC registered owner.

File a digital float plan. Add in all your vessel identification, and yours. Sign up trusted friends or family who will monitor and track.

When you arrive back identify in the float plan that your ride is completed.

Float Plan Registry: https://floatplanregistry.com/index.php

SAFE AT SEA

Make sure you have a safety kit with you and that you do not travel alone.

We have done many long distance and offshore rides out to 40 miles off the coast and sometimes further, but we are prepared with additional fuel and safety plans. Some of our distances have covered 1,800 miles in 6 days.

I would only advise this on a 3 or 4 seater craft, not on a Sport or Stand Up model.

Preparation is the key to go out to sea and it will require your best seamanship skills.

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

What type of Lifejacket should be used in Flood Rescue work?

PFD

A U.S.C.G. approved Type V Swiftwater type with a minimum of 22 lbs. buoyancy is what we use for flood rescue work.

The PFD (personal Flotation Devices) types are going to change soon so refer back to the USCG recommendations to stay current.

We use Force6 Swiftwater types for our water rescue work. The issue is the type of flood rescue, is it standing water or moving water with currents and what is the MPH flow and what are the surrounding hazards.

Rescue Source sells these PFD’s. Their construction is good, buoyancy rating is good and we have enjoyed using their products for years and appreciate that they care about their end user.

The Recue Ops model has 2 colors offered on a black field, yellow and red highlights.

Force 6 Lifejacket

TYPE V

The PFD needs to be properly fitted, and sized with all the straps tied back. This ensures that they are not an entrapment or catch point.

It also depends upon how much gear is tagged onto the mole points for rigging.

Honestly all the floods we have worked we have the lifejackets for our Coxswains and Crew members but they have to be destroyed after the deployment due to contaminants in the water and absorption.

Flushing with a bleach solution degrades the construction material and buoyancy factors.

Also, when we work with survivors for transport we run out of lifejackets, when transporting we don’t always get them back. It is very difficult to have a proper size for every person’s body type we would need a trailer just for that!

Most of the survivors are not wearing PFD’s during evacuations and that can be worrisome if there are currents and depending upon the type of vessel being used.

I hope this helps you gain some wisdom regarding evidence-based real world and training experience using a lifejacket in flood rescue work!

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

POWER GRID

JUICED OUT

Both citizens and First Responders have to be prepared when the lights go out. We both need a secondary source of power.

Think about the items you depend upon that require battery or electrical supply to operate from. Now think of those items for a 7-day period being non-operable.

Now we have focus on the luxuries we enjoy without realizing the impact this has on our personal and professional lives. When disaster strikes, we are admonished to be ready to take care of our own needs 100% for 72 hours. I would like to up that to a period of 2 weeks for a catastrophic event. Especially if there is a chain reaction of several events.

Consider this: When the M9.2 Great Tohoku earthquake struck near Japan, it trigged 11 tsunami waves. A volcano erupted and a nuclear disaster was created and 21,000 people died. Business, homes, industries, wiped out.

Government reeling with taking care of the needs of civilians and managing safety during a series of chain reactions. This could have happened anywhere in the world.

Insert yourself into that equation. Now add in the different stages of life, Children, Adolescents, Adults and Elderly. Now top in that medical and dietary concerns. Now add in agriculture livestock and household pets.

Perspective is not challenging, it is enlightening. This is how we create our ‘Safety Behavior’.

ELECTRICAL DEFICIENT

When we focus on our Safety Behavior, our mind begins to reshape how we view and perceive risk. This can only be positive.

Here is an important safety discussion:

1. Electrical power will be shut down intentionally
2. Electrical power will be shut down by grid failures
3. Electrical power will be shut down due to disaster

We have these three potentials of which all are realistic probabilities. We can expect the experience to occur in our area at some time. Yesterday Manhattan lost power. During #Barry blackouts were rolling through the storm path.

If a person is dependent on electrical support due to medical issues, they must solve this problem. They should consider this 'life or death' and not expect to receive assistance. Failure to have this addressed can be deadly and cause extreme hardship and stress.

Second part of that concern is even under care at a facility that is dedicated towards health care, their grid, and their backup generator system can fail.

So, the degrees of difficulty increase.

There are deeper issues at play here. Take care of your health now if you have no known issues.

Exercise daily and maintain your body needs.

You may have to find creative solutions for power supply. Know contact areas that can support and have that mapped out to be able to get yourself to that facility on your own terms and power.

Have a plan for animals. (not so easy).

POWER UP

Part of our safety behavior requires 100% responsibility. If you find yourself at the difficult moment of reality where power is crashing all around and you won't see if for a week's time. you will be compromised with no available resolution.

1. Gas Generator, spare fuel and fuel cans, funnel, fuel bibs, electrical cord (leave outside). Verify the horsepower to use ratio before purchase. Decide how much fuel you will need, and the noise levels
2. Solar Panels (portable and waterproof) You may need a lot of wattage depending upon what you want to run, so research, research and ask questions!
3. Solar Powered Generators-double the solar panel wattage for cloudy days
4. Portable Inverter Generator

If you decide to use a gas generator, then you need fuel, safely handled and stored. You cannot bring that indoors you will die or become severely ill from carbon monoxide poisoning.

If any creative ideas come into your mind that you fit any of this criterion its time you put a plan of action together and practice it.

This type of dialogue is required, it cannot be ignored.

You will feel better when you start taking action. And the bonus is you have goals which make a plan, which will ensure the hardship is drastically lessened!

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Posted: July 16, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

SAFETY BEHAVIOR BEGINS WITH YOU

Safety is Not a Word

SAFETY IS A BEHAVIOR

When our Earth lives its cycle of life, it has measures it must undertake. You do not have to be a First Responder to train and prepare. As a citizen you can adopt the same mindset.

Earth is in a constant evolution pattern, if it's not an earthquake, tsunami or a flood, it will be a volcanic eruption.

Certainly, we recognize that? Or do we focus on the sensationalism and hype? Not taking our own safety into consideration. Trust me, you don't want to wait to find out!

Sensationalism feeds definitive emotional responses in our physiology and thoughts.

I would say make a choice.

1. Educate or support Anxiety.
2. How can you reduce the anxiety?

It's an oxymoron: EDUCATE!

The Power of Choice

You know that old adage ‘knowledge is power’. Well we think knowledge is also lifesaving.

You will feel much better getting to learn about the planet we call our habitat.

Truly this is the only way to be at peace with the variety of natural elements that control the life cycle
You will experience great rewards.

Did you know that K38 hosts an Education for Disaster Preparation group on Facebook? You can join here if you have a desire to learn how to manage duress when natural events occur.

INVEST

Education for Disaster Preparation

If you join the group, we have a lot of varied subjects that hold downloadable materials for your review. Please visit our UNITS section where this information is stored!

You can consider it like an educational vault!
Or you can conduct an online search of your topic of interest, the internet has everything available to you.

All you have to do is take action.

I suggest that you do that now, rather than in a panic when the first rain band or tremor strikes!

You will feel better!

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Posted: July 15, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

EXPOSE THE WRONG

Maximize the Wrong to protect Safety and the Community

You expose the wrong in your program by focusing on it and identifying all that can create damage. It may be time for inspection if your department experienced a recent mishap.

Maximize the wrong in your training or instructor presentations to protect the safety, reputation and outcome of water rescue response. If you fail to do this you will endorse failure, and that his high associated costs.

Expose damage, have courage to discuss it and take criticism, be brave! Do not endorse lies, fight to defend with honesty and integrity results.

None of us should be learning from mistakes, we should be training to prevent them.

The best advice I have for those willing to learn is to ‘LISTEN”. This is where you’re learning power engages or is dismissed for refusal.

If you really love your job and your colleagues there is no way you could tolerate allowing them to be less than best, set to fail, set to be harmed or killed, damage their reputation and department image.

HIGHLIGHT DAMAGE DON'T EXCUSE IT

What the heck is wrong with people when they allow that? Plenty is wrong. Be willing to give attention to conflict. Don’t be willing to allow you or your colleagues to fall down and fail. Prevention is not a word, it’s a lot of hard effort.

Even when people block the road, there is still a way forward. Take a moral inventory of your team.

If you want to increase efficiency to improve, you will discover you are very wrong about something.

This will be painful to recognize and fix it. Research what you don’t like the most, look for the recognition of error in your program or personal behaviors underway.

INVEST

The devaluation is that you must also research what you listen to! You have to put time into it and research, test, question and review.

 Evaluate your instructors
 Does something seem to be wrong?
 Use your imagination in the pros and cons

When you come to terms with the negatives you can spend more time away from dysfunction in your program and more time in efficient actions.

The multiplicity of complications is what we so easily call a ‘chain reaction’. Make sure it’s a creative strategy interpreted by the mission and vision of Rescue Water Craft operations and not a status quo.

Interpret the wrong to increase the right.

Aim high on your program efficiency.

Someday it’s going to mean everything.

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Posted: July 14, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

ACCIDENT BY SEDUCTION

HIGHER VISION

Seduction by accident has a root cause. Did it begin in training? Are the instructors knowledgeable and updated? Is the content delivered accurate? How would you know?

DO NOT allow a poor instructor to lead you to an accident. Do not endorse them and build their measures up, instead use due caution. It’s your life and others. Do not endorse dysfunction and all its variable levels.

DO endorse an instructor that cares about your professional development. Share their posts and insights. Support their training. Be vocal about their protection of reputation.

There is a hierarchy in place that is either positive or negative, you could call this good or evil. You choose which one you support and build.

Courage builds essential trust in the maritime community. Most folks attach themselves to the naivety of a damaging path and will do anything to protect it. Cynicism would serve you better, and then to move one step forward, have courage!

In courage you can reveal the betrayals extended in training. Here you can remedy the pitfalls and dangerous behaviors and stop putting your hand out to a biting dog.

RICH MAN POOR MAN

You can establish professionalism yourself by first taking control of your knowledge base and declining those who would undermine your trust in water safety.

Those who betray our water safety trust, the fundamental standard of safety that is often violated and undermines your reputation as well as the community; you have the responsibility to defend this.

The power of persuasion can be positive or negative.

You determine these results by volition and ultimately are the responsible "receiving' party for the negative or positive truths of response and team safety.

If you endorse something, you need to proceed with caution until all methods are tested and with accurate insights, not brand favoritism or ego.

And that ego……….oh yes.. that is where the trouble begins.

SCULPTURE TRUTH BY INVESTIGATION

All of you who are newer water rescue responders can change a negative culture of complacency if it exists in your association or agency - into a modern pursuit of excellence.

Give your training programs and equipment awareness Hell!

Bring people in your team up by associated methods of identification of the wrong that is in your program so you can unblock progress.

Keep your team engaged, invite their criticisms and suggestions. Listen to their advice and challenge it until you find the answers.

Usually those answers are not held within your associations and culture, do not be afraid to move outside your inner circle.

Park the ego and learn how to explore truth beyond the comfort of established programs. They may be severely outdated.

Safety is a Behavior, not an excuse.

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Posted: July 14, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

Women who go the Distance on Personal Water Craft

Women Who Inspire

Meet Marta Sikora my former K38 student and friend. Marta came to the USA from K38 Poland to learn how to become a Rescue Water Craft Coxswain.

One day a call came for a request for water safety support. The event would stretch over 3 months. I got off the phone, looked over at Marta and thought a few minutes.

I got up and told her to pack her bags, you are going to Florida! She said ‘I am?’.

Key West to NYC

We began preparations as time was of the essence.

The original RWC operator had backed out and the event was in motion. Tom Jones was an extreme endurance athlete and this was his project.

Tom brought over his Rescue Water Craft and we went through it and got it ready for the journey. Marta and I went over her SPOT tracker, GPS and how to use a Marine Band radio.

She was going to be responsible for the team safety, recovery and navigation along the trek.

Marta operated a Honda Aquatrax from Key West Florida to New York City, New York. That was 1,800 miles of responsible navigation out to sea and though inlets. This was an extreme hardship.

Long Distance PWC Adventure Covered 3 Months

I know that women will be inspired by her actions. But this is not a gender specific experience, it’s a human experience.

Please listen to the video as I share her amazing story that covers three months. I am proud of her and honored to call her friend.

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Posted: July 14, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

HOW MUCH DOES A SEARCH COST?

Big Crow Island, New York

How much does a search cost? How do people put themselves in these situations?

Easy to answer that - they never think it will happen to them. Then it does.

Incident date: July 10, 2019

Yes, we make mistakes. We know that. So what are you willing to do about that? Make another mistake and another?

The warning signals are flashed all over the media, but we have folks who ignore the call to action.

Seriously now, you don't want to be embarrassed or stress your loved ones out do you? Of course not!

Then prepare to stay out of the headlines and police reports.

These incidents happen for a number of reasons such as:

1. Poor preventative maintenance and inspection
2. Poor communication with family or friends on land
3. No functioning electronic communication devices
4. Unfamiliarity with the areas recreating
5. Unfamiliar with risk associated with decisions (no thinking of the worse case situation)
6. Not check the fuel level or riding distances
7. Running aground due to low visibility or not checking the tides
8. Not checking the National Weather Service or monitoring the channel underway for alerts

Naussau County police and mutual aid agencies rescued a stranded Jet Ski from the marshes Wednesday night, south of Merrick, in Merrick Bay.

A distress call was received about 8:45 pm and multiple fire departments including Merrick Fire Department responded for the search and rescue. The Jetskier was missing and his boat was unaccounted for and it was getting dark.

Merrick Fire Department Marine 1 had been searching with other agencies for nearly 2 hours. Their personnel heard a faint whistle blowing north of their location.

The three Marine 1 crew members confirmed this was a distress signal. They pointed out the area the sound was traveling from. If not for these alert crew members the outcome for this PWC operator could have been much different.

NCPD Marine 11 was notified and the NCPD helicopter flew to conduct the aerial search in the direction.

1. Nassau County Police, 7th Precinct
2. NCPD - Marine Bureau
3. Nassau Police - Aviation Bureau
4. United States Coast Guard Station Jones Beach
5. Wantagh Fire Department
6. Freeport Fire Department

ONE IS NONE

Shortly thereafter the Nassau Police helicopter located the missing person in the marsh on Big Crow Island, he was recovered and taken to Wantagh Park.

The Personal Water Craft Operator refused medical attention.

This was a significant mutual aid call-out requiring multiple assets to determine the location of the survivor.

Calls at night in remote areas such as this type of terrain are not always easy to access. There may be safety limitations placed on responders to make contact. Night operations are an entirely higher level of risk for responders.

BE THE ONE WHO HAS PREPARED

This Personal Water Craft operator and all others need to take heed to the lessons learned here. This incident should not be repeated but used as a case example for personal safety and preservation of life.

1. Bring a Marine VHF radio and have it connected to your lifejacket
2. Use a tracking device such as SPOT or inReach. Buy the Search and Rescue insurance. These have built in
GPS
3. File a float plan!
4. Make sure you are familiar with the area of operation
5. Do not operate 30 minutes prior to sunset, night riding is illegal and if you get into trouble you just
complicated your survival rate drastically due to exposure and low visibility
6. Do not ride alone! One is None!
7. Attach a high pitch whistle to your lifejacket strap. That is exactly what saved this individual, but the
search time could have been limited by better preparation of the Operator.
8. Carry on board all the Federal, State required or suggested signaling devices:
• Handheld Flare
• Electronic Flare
• Smoke Flare
• Water Whistle
• Signaling mirror
• Fog horn aerosol can
• Stowage protective case

Do not rely on a cell phone. You may drop it overboard, get it wet or the battery will fail, this is not your first choice for communication, but a Marine Band radio set to Channel 16 is!

If we count all the individuals involved from multi agency support through the command we are looking at over 100 trained persons having influenced this recovery to some degree. Not to mention the millions of dollars in assets used. We are thankful to have outstanding support from departments such as these.

But it is a relationship. The recreational boater needs to take responsibility for their choices.

Everyone must be prepared. If you are not prepared, don't launch.

There is no exception and no excuse to entertain.

You are 100% responsible for everything that takes place once you launch your Personal Water Craft.

Research your boating laws, don’t just take a course, make your behavior part of lifesaving.

How much is your life worth?

A whistle? You bet it is!

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Posted: July 11, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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