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Flat Bottom Boats 2 Replies

In the past few years I've run across several flat bottom boats from the sixties and early 70's with no Hull Id Numbers.   The stories are pretty much the same every time.  Just different variations…Continue

Started by William H. Strawter. Last reply by Jeffrey Jondle Dec 13, 2014.

Operation Dry Water 2010 (Boating Under the Influence) 2 Replies

With Operation Dry Water 2010, for National BUI Week, in the books, I'd love to hear about some of your experiences working with the media and the…Continue

Started by William H. Strawter. Last reply by William H. Strawter Jul 18, 2010.

Tasers on the Water 1 Reply

We had our Tasers for about a month before one got wet and fried, resulting in directive from the top that affective immediately, Tasers are no longer allowed to be worn on vessels.Completely…Continue

Tags: boat, taser

Started by William H. Strawter. Last reply by In My View Jul 15, 2010.

Funny Business

So I see this naked guy dancing his heart out on a small island (about 50 ft in diameter) in the middle of the lake.Its a crowded holiday weekend with kids on float tubes, pwc's and pontoon boats…Continue

Tags: stories, lake, drunks, BUI, cops

Started by William H. Strawter Jul 15, 2010.

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Comment by William H. Strawter on July 18, 2010 at 4:30am
Published Thursday May 27, 2010
Boating enforcement stepped up

By Kevin Cole
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Boaters and vacationers will have some company when they hit the water in eastern Nebraska this holiday weekend.

Law enforcement will be there, too, and they are joining forces to cut down on alcohol use and reckless behavior on the region's waterways.

Sixty law enforcement agencies have joined to create the Eastern Nebraska Boating Accident Response Team. As part of the effort, agencies will share boats, dive teams and underwater cameras. They'll have joint training sessions. They also will patrol within each other's jurisdictions.

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, speaking Thursday at a boat ramp in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area, said officials have grown weary of watching boating accidents and deaths occur every summer. Five out of Nebraska's six boating fatalities last year occurred in the eastern part of the state, he said.

The team chose the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick off of summer, to share their plan.

Too many people take boating and drinking too lightly, Davis said.

"We want people to be aware of the dangers."

Starting Friday, more law enforcement boats will patrol lakes and rivers, checking to see if boaters are wearing life jackets, that boats are properly registered and whether drivers have been drinking.

Agencies will patrol waterways outside their own jurisdictions, depending on what equipment is needed where, officials said.

"We found out, no pun intended, that everyone is in the same boat. We all have limited resources, personnel and training, so it only makes sense for us to pool those resources," Davis said.

When an accident happens that involves deaths or life-threatening injuries, the first agency on the scene will trigger the team's involvement. Equipment can be requested from any agency within the team, from large airboats for rivers and ski boats for smaller lakes to jet skis and fast twin-engined boats. Sharing equipment will allow better response throughout the region, officials said.

The team is not expected to cause an increase in costs for individual agencies, but costs will be tracked in the first 12 months.

The team includes county attorney's offices. Part of the reason behind the team was the concern by prosecutors that trained responders get to scenes quickly enough to collect critical evidence.

Herb Angell, the state's boating law administrator, said cases will be investigated and prosecuted aggressively.

"We're not fooling around. .. We go right straight to the manslaughter statute," he said.

Two boat drivers were convicted of manslaughter last year in Douglas County.

The five boating fatalities in eastern Nebraska last year were:

— Jennifer Finke-Dwyer, 30, was killed June 21 when the tube she was riding on swung into a dock after the boat's driver turned sharply on West Shores Lake near Waterloo. Todd Spangler awaits sentencing after being found guilty of manslaughter. His blood-alcohol content was .168, more than twice the legal limit for driving, after the accident, which also critically injured his wife, Kim Spangler

— Eric Jarecki, 32, of La Vista and Jason Hafsaas, 25, of Omaha, died June 28 when they made a sharp turn in their power boat and were thrown off while fishing on Branched Oak Lake near Lincoln. The men, who were cousins, were the only occupants of the boat. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

— Ammon Witters, 23, of Papillion, died Aug. 3 when he fell out of a boat, which then hit him when it turned to retrieve a wakeboarder. Witters was not wearing a life jacket. The boat driver was not ticketed in the accident, which happened on Beaver Lake in Cass County.

— Ed Mahoney, 54, died when the boat he was riding in slammed into a seawall Sept. 5 at Newport Landing, a private lake west of Bennington. Ken Graeber pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced in March six months in jail and three years of probation in the death of Graeber had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135 percent after the accident.

Angell said Nebraska's rate of boating fatalities is high compared to other recreational activities, such as hunting.

"Since 1965, our state has averaged five boating fatalities a year. In hunting, we average one fatality every two years," he said. "We really should be ashamed of ourselves."
Comment by William H. Strawter on July 18, 2010 at 4:41am
Published Thursday May 27, 2010
Boating enforcement stepped up

By Kevin Cole
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Boaters and vacationers will have some company when they hit the water in eastern Nebraska this holiday weekend.

Law enforcement will be there, too, and they are joining forces to cut down on alcohol use and reckless behavior on the region's waterways.

Sixty law enforcement agencies have joined to create the Eastern Nebraska Boating Accident Response Team. As part of the effort, agencies will share boats, dive teams and underwater cameras. They'll have joint training sessions. They also will patrol within each other's jurisdictions.

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, speaking Thursday at a boat ramp in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area, said officials have grown weary of watching boating accidents and deaths occur every summer. Five out of Nebraska's six boating fatalities last year occurred in the eastern part of the state, he said.

The team chose the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick off of summer, to share their plan.
Too many people take boating and drinking too lightly, Davis said.

"We want people to be aware of the dangers."

Starting Friday, more law enforcement boats will patrol lakes and rivers, checking to see if boaters are wearing life jackets, that boats are properly registered and whether drivers have been drinking.

Agencies will patrol waterways outside their own jurisdictions, depending on what equipment is needed where, officials said.

"We found out, no pun intended, that everyone is in the same boat. We all have limited resources, personnel and training, so it only makes sense for us to pool those resources," Davis said.

When an accident happens that involves deaths or life-threatening injuries, the first agency on the scene will trigger the team's involvement. Equipment can be requested from any agency within the team, from large airboats for rivers and ski boats for smaller lakes to jet skis and fast twin-engined boats. Sharing equipment will allow better response throughout the region, officials said.

The team is not expected to cause an increase in costs for individual agencies, but costs will be tracked in the first 12 months.

The team includes county attorney's offices. Part of the reason behind the team was the concern by prosecutors that trained responders get to scenes quickly enough to collect critical evidence.

Herb Angell, the state's boating law administrator, said cases will be investigated and prosecuted aggressively.

"We're not fooling around. .. We go right straight to the manslaughter statute," he said.

Two boat drivers were convicted of manslaughter last year in Douglas County.

The five boating fatalities in eastern Nebraska last year were:

— Jennifer Finke-Dwyer, 30, was killed June 21 when the tube she was riding on swung into a dock after the boat's driver turned sharply on West Shores Lake near Waterloo. Todd Spangler awaits sentencing after being found guilty of manslaughter. His blood-alcohol content was .168, more than twice the legal limit for driving, after the accident, which also critically injured his wife, Kim Spangler

— Eric Jarecki, 32, of La Vista and Jason Hafsaas, 25, of Omaha, died June 28 when they made a sharp turn in their power boat and were thrown off while fishing on Branched Oak Lake near Lincoln. The men, who were cousins, were the only occupants of the boat. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

— Ammon Witters, 23, of Papillion, died Aug. 3 when he fell out of a boat, which then hit him when it turned to retrieve a wakeboarder. Witters was not wearing a life jacket. The boat driver was not ticketed in the accident, which happened on Beaver Lake in Cass County.

— Ed Mahoney, 54, died when the boat he was riding in slammed into a seawall Sept. 5 at Newport Landing, a private lake west of Bennington. Ken Graeber pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced in March six months in jail and three years of probation in the death of Graeber had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135 percent after the accident.

Angell said Nebraska's rate of boating fatalities is high compared to other recreational activities, such as hunting.

"Since 1965, our state has averaged five boating fatalities a year. In hunting, we average one fatality every two years," he said. "We really should be ashamed of ourselves."
Comment by Tim on August 12, 2010 at 7:20am
Swim Across America

On 19 September starting at 0700-1100 behind Gibson Island there will be the Swim Across America Fundraiser. Mike Phelps will be in attendance and many others.

The Gibson Island Police, Anne Arundel County Police, MNRP, and the Coast Guard will be closing the Magothy Narrows area behind Gibson Island.

This is going to be a fun event so get there early if you want to see.
Comment by Phil on March 2, 2011 at 12:06am
Very good resource for maritime law enforcement at http://www.marsec4.com

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