Tuesday, December 18, 2012
An elderly woman died after falling from a small boat near the north end of Clearwater Beach, close to Caladesi Island, Tuesday afternoon.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
An elderly woman died after falling from a small boat near the north end of Clearwater Beach, close to Caladesi Island, Tuesday afternoon. Beverly and Norman Barnes were in a small john boat when Beverly, 81, fell into the water. Norman, 81, pulled her from the brine and started CPR, according to Clearwater Fire and Rescue. The emergency call came in at 12:38 p.m. from a cell phone. After a 20 minute search, rescue workers found the Barnes' boat in the mangroves at the north end of Clearwater Beach through a GPS tracking device on the phone. Beverly and Norman Barnes were both taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where Beverly was pronounced dead, according to investigators. Norman was taken to the hospital with distress from the incident. …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Three Tampa Bay bridges will have round-the-clock security, and seven others will be kept in the down, closed position during the Republican National Convention.
Anchoring and mooring near three major bridges in the Tampa Bay area will be banned during the Republican National Convention, the Coast Guard announced. In addition, seven draw bridges will be kept in the down, locked position, even to tug boats, during the RNC. The Coast Guard announced that it has established 15 additional federal security zones; all are coastal and along waterways. The heightened security begins Saturday and ends Aug. 31 at 1 a.m. Security zones within the Intracoastal Waterway extend from the Clearwater Memorial Bridge south to the Pinellas Bayway Structures A, B & C. ( Specific bridge names and closure times are noted in the graphic attached to this article.) Three Tampa Bay bridges will have 24-hour security zones. …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The gentle giants do not pose a threat, but scientists hope to track their movements in Gulf waters.
Marine scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota are asking boaters for help in tracking a rare whale shark spotted along Florida’s coast on May 19. Whale sharks — the largest fish species on Earth — were reported by a boater last weekend, about 50 miles offshore of John's Pass in Pinellas County. Scientists believe the gentle filter-feeding fish, which are occasionally in Florida waters, may have been feeding on plankton blloms or fish eggs. Mote scientists are collecting reports of whale shark sightings to look for possible patterns to their movements in our waters, according to a news release. Scientists are asking boaters who believe they may have seen the giant whale sharks to call Mote’s Center for Shark …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and state agencies offer some suggestions for enjoying the area's waterways safely this summer.
More than 60 percent of boating-related deaths in 2011 were caused by drowing. That's reason to review these five safety tips before heading out on the water this Memorial Day weekend. 1. Wear a life jacket. Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once a year. 2. Safety Checklist. Follow the vessel safety checklist to help keep your boat safe. This includes having items like a fire extinguisher and a whistle on board. 3. Know where you are going. Know your vessel, the area, tide times and depths of the water. 4. Operate your vessel safely. Slow down in congested areas and no wake zones. Here's a summary from the FWC of state boating regulations. 5. File a Float Plan. Always let someone on shore know where you are going…