The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) recommendation that requires recreational vessel operators to turn their engine off if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes or carbon monoxide poisoning.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is currently working on its comments and welcomes input on this issue. To provide feedback or join the NMMA task force on this issue, email Cindy Squires or call 202-737-9766
The U.S. Coast Guard is also seeking public comment from another National Boating Safety Advisory Council recommendation on potential ways to improve the recreational boating accident reporting process. NBSAC has recommended that the Coast Guard use a two-tiered reporting system for boating accidents; and take steps to clarify what, how, and when information is reported. Comments must be submitted by December 5, 2011.