Category Archives: Marine safety

The Best Boaters are Safe

Please follow the link to my column in the Port Lavaca Wave

Fishing Safety Success Story Video

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has release a second video worth watching. According to their website, on-deck injuries account for 12% of the fatal injuries in commercial fishing and the largest number of hospitalized non-fatal injuries among fishermen in the Unites States. Wet, pitching decks result in many slips, trips, and falls. High tension lines and cables running through hydraulic haulers and winches can lead to contact injuries including amputations and death. This video is the story of a prevented winch entanglement aboard a seiner out… Read More →

Sea Sunday North America

Sea Sunday is the day which many Christian Churches set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. It is officially held on the second Sunday in July, though there is significant flexibility to accommodate other local celebrations. This year, people from around the world will take part in Sea Sunday services on July 8, 2018 to give thanks and pray for the world’s 1.6 million seafarers. The Sailor’s Society is one of the world’s oldest maritime welfare organizations, formed in London in 1818,… Read More →

Break the Grip of the Rip!

Spring Break is in full swing on our Texas beaches which is a perfect time to remind everyone about rip currents. A rip current is a powerful, narrow channel of fast-moving water that can move up to eight feet per second.  Swimmers can be quickly pulled offshore, suffering fatigue when they fight the current trying to swim straight back to the beach. Once fatigue sets in, the risk of drowning increases because the swimmer is unable to keep themselves afloat or swim to safety. Although lifeguards at United… Read More →