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Blog Profile / Mario Vittone

Filed Under:Vehicles / Watercraft
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Archived Since:July 9, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Expecting the Unexpected

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]

Are You Missing Something?

You’ve been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You’ve created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]

Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what […]

Basic Offshore Safety and Survival – Portland – Seattle – Bellingham

There is a middle ground between a professional mariner and a sometimes-mariner, between a vessel’s crew and its passengers, and the difference in training and preparation can be dramatic. Professional mariners must know how to handle emergencies, passengers do not. Show More Summary

Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens’ 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99. Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast […]

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Call for Videos from Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic 2013

Since writing about the tragic death of Avishek Sengupta at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia, I have received dozens of emails and comments regarding the event. Some have agreed with my opinions, and some have not. But there is a way that we can all be more sure of what happened that day. [...]

Dogs and Boating – The USCG Has Some Tips

My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!    

Dangerous Distance

Boating is about getting away from it all, but if you don’t consider all of the things you are getting away from – like hospitals – you can wish you were back in civilization pretty quick.  In a post at Yachting, I wrote that “a safe boater fully understands and considers the hazards, and makes decisions about [...]

Drukning ser ikke alltid ut som drukning

Translations: - English  ?? - ti?ng Vi?t - Español - Italiano -  Français - Magyar - Português - român? - Deutsch - Suomi - Svenska -  ?eština - ?????? -Íslenska - Nederlands - Audio Version Den nye kapteinen hoppet fra dekk, fullt påkledd og spurtet gjennom vannet. Show More Summary

Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world with the most consistent rough water in the U.S. What does the station like [...]

Update: Tough Mudder – Witnesses Say Rescue Was Slow

A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did not surface from the jump.  Nicholas Sayers was at the Walk The Plank obstacle watching his sister participate in the Tough Mudder: …it seemed like almost five minutes passed before a [...]

The Unaccounted for Variables – Where Tough Mudder Failed

I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight year-old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is one of those pay-to-play obstacle challenges that allow anyone with an entry fee and the willingness to sign a waiver [...]

CG Remember: Remembering our Fallen Coast Guard Shipmates and their Families

I still remember the first time ME1 (formerly MK1) Sean Lawler called me up to tell me about this guy who decided he was going to run the Keys 100 (in Key West, FL) in remembrance of Coast Guard members who’d fallen in the line of duty. To put it bluntly I thought it was [...]

Images from Bounty – 2008 – Slideshow

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Protected: Why?

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A vízbefúlás nem látszik vízbefúlásnak

Translations: – English –  ?? - ti?ng Vi?t – Español – Italiano -  Français – Português – român? – Deutsch– Suomi – Svenska -  ?eština – ?????? -Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Az új kapitány ruhástul a vízbe vetette magát a fedélzetr?l és teljes sebességgel úszni kezdett. Show More Summary

Diminishing Returns – Why Smaller Isn’t Always Better

Ocean Signal and Datrex recently introduced the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, the rescueME PLB1.  Almost immediately, reviews of the product have been positive.  How could smaller not be better? The miniaturization of electronics has made lots of safety equipment easier to carry and use.  However, this particular product is maker me think about the [...]

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