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Safety - Incident Reports

RYA reminds of the need to wear kill cords
As published by Yachts & Yachting
Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on 17 May 2013 the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs to wear a kill cord.

Safety Concern - Narco Submarines
A report on these dangerous submarines in the Caribbean.

Safety - Services and Equipment

MAST
Maritime Asset Security and Training Ltd , Endeavour House, Coopers End Road , Stansted, Essex CM24 1SJ United Kingdom
Tel:+44 (0)1279 669 480 Mobile: +44 (0 7795 22 33 66 (24 hours) Fax:+44 (0) 1279 669 483
Security Management Company offering complete security package to yachts including anti-piracy protection.

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Safety - Books, DVDs/CDs, Apps & Articles

Creating a Passage Plan
A useful site with a downloadable template for creating a passage plan.

Man Overboard app for iPhone
Recommended by Cruising World.

Pacific Yacht Deliveries Safety Check list
An extensive check list, suitable for preparing for offshore passages is available by request to cruisers from Pacific Yacht Deliveries.

Safety At Sea Videos
Free videos to download including MOB procedures and how to deploy a liferaft.

Salvage & Towage - tips from the RYA
When a boat gets into trouble at sea the priority will always be to look after the people on board, but once you and your crew are safe, the last thing you want to discover is a salvage claim is being made against you or your boat. The RYA explains in this article.

The Nautical Knowledge
(what every sailor needs to know to keep safe) ,
See review at
A downloadable interactive aid to learning the various areas of safety and seamanship.

The Sea Survival Manual
By Frances and Michael Howorth , Pubished by Adlard Voles Nautical , See details at

Worst Boating Accidents of the Past 20 Years
Both commercial and recreational vessels.

Safety - Useful Numbers

USCG Integrated Support Command, Miami Florida: (305) 535-4300
USCG Sector Key West Primary Number: (305) 292-8809
USCG Sector Key West Emergency Number: (305) 292-8727

In an emergency, these numbers will put you in direct contact with the professionals who can coordinate a rescue or provide medical advice to boaters anywhere in the world.

Medical - Links to Travel Advice

If you are over 60 or have other health issues which make having a yellow fever vaccination unadvisable, then obtaining a "Certificate of Medical Contraindication to Vaccination" form is a useful precaution when planning to visit a country where a yellow fever certificate is required.

Certain other categories of people are also usually excempt from the vaccination requirement, such as infants under the age of one, pregnant women, and anyone allergic to eggs.

Some cruisers recommend waiting until you get to the country before having inoculations, as they are either free/cheap or not really necessary.

Canadian Government Travel Updates

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Cruising Club Of America
Links to "Fleet Surgeon's Memorandum for Offshore Passages" (PDF) - Medical recommendations for an offshore yacht.

MedicalOfficer.Net Ltd.
We offer a variety of training courses for wilderness travelers, including cruising sailors.

NaTHNaC
Detailed and up to date travel advice for various countries from the UK National Travel Health Network.

Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre
Australia

UK Department of Health
Health Advice for Travellers

Medical & Health - Books and Articles

A First Aid List
Details of a kit list for the first aid box.

Advice on Dealing with Malaria
Read these useful tips on preventing bites and dealing with malaria if you develope it.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
Ciguatera can occur in reef fish, fin fish, and shell fish as well. Read up about it and be sure to talk with the locals before fishing in and around islands to find out if Ciguatera is a problem there. Care should also be taken trolling a line between islands and consuming fish caught.

Curing Seasickness
Interesting site with tips on how to cure seasickness.

Family Healthcare while cruising
In this article US cruising family SV Totem mid-circumnavigation report on how they deal with healthcare on board and in all the various countries they are visiting.

Fast Seasickness Relief
A possible non-drug solution. Worth checking out!

Health Precautions Worldwide
A useful article on the various health hazards around the world.

Malaria - a Simple Cure
Read this report on a possible solution

Medical Supplies
A list of suggested supplies to include in the ship's medical bag.

Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean
The first case of the disease in the Caribbean was reported in the French island of St. Martin in 2013. Since then it has spread to several countries including Dominica and Saint Lucia. Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue fever. The symptoms appear between four to seven days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of clinical signs and symptoms last three to 10 days, but joint pain may persist longer. Severe cases requiring hospitalisation are rare.

Ship Captain's Medical Guide
British Maritime and Coastguard Agency web site where the full and latest version of the Ship Captain's Medical Guide can be downloaded for free in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Follow the links to Seafarer Information and then Health and Safety.

The Ship's Medical Chest and Medical Aid at Sea
A large PDF file produced by the US Department of Health (2003 edn.) generally aimed at large ocean-going commercial vessels.

World Health Organisation Information For Travellers
Up to date news and downloadable booklet on International Travel and Health.

Reports

Liferaft Service in Panama City: A Warning

Securing your boat from intruders

Is Satellite Imagery The Future Of Search-And-Rescue Operations?

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

UK Sailors: MCA Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme

Malaysia: Dealing with the death of a loved one whilst cruising

Rescue at Sea: What Happens When the Freighter Arrives

Chance Encounters Between Ships and Whales

Atlantic, Trade Wind Route: Keep a good Look Out for 2 Giant Dice

Endau River, Johor: Yacht Rammed by Fishing Trawler

Martinique, Grand Anses: Yacht Dragged Presumed Stolen

Exchanging Gas Cylinders - Be Cautious

USA, Atlantic & Pacifc Coasts: Rescue 21 System now in place

New Handheld Laser Flare

CPR - Different & Simpler Method

Atlantic: Swiss yacht hit by one cargo ship and rescued by another

FAQ: Do you worry about ciguatera fish poisoning?
This write up by SY Nine of Cups (sourced via the Yahoo group Cruisers_Network_Online) sums up well everything you need to know about ciguatera.
Floating Doctors
An all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future burden of disease in the developing world. Since May 2010 have voyaged from Haiti to Panama along the Atlantic coast of Central America on a medical mission to provide supplies and assistance to existing relief groups, and to carry health services to remote locations that are cut off from care. Useful contact for cruisers.
Jellywatch - recording sightings of jellyfish and other marine organisms.
Sailing Dentist
Posted January 2014.
Dutch dentist Leentje Schade is working on a project to sail around the world providing free dental care.
Shorething: The RLNI's Website for kids
Posted May 2013.
Great new resource for learning about safety on the sea with games, activities, creative projects, stories and much more.
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