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Cold-Water Safety Training Helps Alaska Teen Survive

We received that happiest email message the other day. Hello. Our family would like to thank you for the cold water safety training your organization provides students in the Sitka School District. Our daughter, Ceanna, capsized in her kayak with her Aunt & Uncle while near Kruzoff (Island) this summer. They had a difficult time getting to shore, were in the water for an extended period of time, separated and she was lost for several hours. The Coast Guard was finally able to find her on a beach. Afterwards she mentioned she'd never complain about her cold water safety, swimming, or survival training again. She acknowledged thinking back to the education she was given. It had an impact o

LED Lights May Interfere with Reception on Marine VHF Radios & AIS Receivers

The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting mariners to the potential for LED lights to interfere with the reception of marine VHF radios and AIS receivers. Issued yesterday, Marine Safety Alert 13-18 notes an incident where a ship could not be hailed by VHF radio and other incidents where ships reported very poor AIS or VHF radio reception due to LED navigation lights. Fortunately there is a simple test that may tell you if LED lights on your vessel are causing interference. From the Marine Safety Alert: Turn off LED light(s). Tune the VHF radio to a quiet channel (e.g. Ch. 13). Adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control until the radio outputs audio noise. Re-adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control unti

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