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Northampton-Westfield, Massachusetts

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Next Flotilla Meeting - Mar 7, 2017: at 1900 hrs at the
              Amelia Park Ice Arena
                 21 South Broad Street
                   Westfield MA 01085

A TCT 1hr refresher training and the required Operations Seminar session will follow a short business meeting.


Drifting in the Dark - This article from the Coast Guard Compass illustrates the importance of a float plan and personal preparedness in the face of extreme danger.


RIP Current Awareness- July 2017 - In response to a surge of rip current-related deaths throughout the mid-Atlantic region in June 2017, the Coast Guard reminds the public of the dangers of rip currents and the value of checking weather and rip current forecasts, supervising children in the water, not swimming alone and choosing a lifeguard-protected beach.  The Coast Guard and U.S. Lifesaving Association teamed up to produce a short video on the subject


Stranded Boater Rescued by Auxiliarists - June 14, 2016 -  A stranded boater, adrift in Long Island Sound for two days, was rescued this past Tuesday by an Auxiliarist on a recreational voyage.  Robert Ewing, an AUXAIR Aircraft Commander, who flies when he is not out on his Lord Nelson tug, came upon and rescued a man in a plastic raft in the middle of Long Island Sound.   Check out the links below:


Distress Signal Approval Withdrawn for Drop Hazard - May 26 2016 - The Coast Guard has withdrawn the Certificate of Approval  for NAMMO LIAB AB Orange Hand Smoke Distress Signal." This action was taken because the chemical makeup of the signal was changed in October 2013 without Coast Guard approval and the signal that was manufactured is at risk of spontaneous combustion when dropped. Details here

2016 Edition Float Plan Released - February 2016 - The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has released a revised and expanded version of the Float Plan on the Float Plan Central website.  The form is in PDF fillable format making it easier than ever to use.  Help take the "search" out of Search & Rescue. Get the plan !

Coast Guard Announces New Mobile APP - May 2015 - The Coast Guard has developed a new free boating safety app for both IOS and Android users.

Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.

The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.

Visit the APP website for more info.

























































































































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