NTSB - Marine Accident Reports
(Marine Accident Investigation Branch)
U.S. Marine Safety Association
Good source for information on emergency
rescue equipment and service facilities for survival craft
North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association
Master of Towing Vessels Association
"The site for maritime professionals."
COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM
See web cam of Astoria
Association for Rescue at Sea
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Federal Register / Today's TOC
Look for daily posting of Meeting notices / proposed / final regulations
U.S. CODE all titles
MARINE SAFETY STATUTES 46 U.S.C.
Subtitle II pdf / text
Code of Federal Regulations
46 CFR SHIPPING
In the wake of the S.S. MARINE ELECTRIC disaster on February 12, 1983,
the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation (Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries) held a series of hearing on marine safety.
Read excerpt from testimony on September 29, 1983 focusing on rescue swimmers.
Excerpt from the book about the Rescue Swimmer Program, So Others Might Live giving a brief sketch of the origins of the program. (You can learn more about the behind the scenes efforts by reading this article.)
Review of So Others Might Live in Wreck and Rescue, the Journal of the U.S. Life-Saving Heritage Association.
Sec. 9 of Public Law 98-557 (98 Stat. 2862, Oct. 30, 1984) A bill to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 1985 and 1986, and for other purposes. "Directs the Secretary to establish a helicopter rescue swimming program to train Coast Guard personnel.", See also Senate Report.
Sec. 9, required Secretary of department in which Coast Guard was operating to use such sums as necessary, from amounts appropriated for operation and maintenance of Coast Guard, to establish helicopter rescue swimming program for purpose of training selected Coast Guard personnel in rescue swimming skills, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 104-324, title II, Sec. 213(b), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3915.
Also, as a direct result of the MARINE ELECTRIC disaster, Congress required in Sec. 22 of Public Law 98-557 immersion suits on most commercial vessels (except uninspected vessels. e.g. fishing vessels and towing vessels). See also Senate Report.
The definitive work on the S.S. MARINE ELECTRIC disaster is Until the Sea Shall Free Them, by Robert Frump.
Robert R. Frump the nationally recognized journalist who won several major awards while a journalist and investigative reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He grew up in the small farm town of Paxton, Ill, graduated from the University of Illinois and received a master's degree from Northwestern University -- all in journalism. He received, with Tim Dwyer, the George Polk Award, for his reporting on unsafe U.S. ships, and the Gerald Loeb Award for National Business Reporting. He was also a member of an Inquirer task force that won the Pulitzer Prize. He is married to Suzanne Saxton-Frump. They have two daughters, Sarah, a student at Brown University, and Caitlin Dean, a software engineer. He is the former managing editor of The Journal of Commerce.
Robert (a good friend and colleague) has just released "I Cover the Waterfront, the articles of Maritime Writer Robert R. Frump, 1980 -2010"
It's a book-length electronic-publication with stories ranging from tug boats on the river, to rescues, to shipyards, to port marketing, oil tanker crossings, aircraft carriers and of course the Marine Electric.
You don't have to own a Kindle to access the book. Just download the Kindle software to your computer or smartphone.
NAVY Memorial, Washington, DC
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!
"When you know you have saved somebody’s life, the only word to describe it is: euphoria. This is what we join the Coast Guard to do — there are many other missions we have — but this what we join the Coast Guard to do, save other lives. There is absolutely no better feeling than when somebody says, "Thanks, you saved my life."
LCDR Laura Guth, USCG,
Speaking about the rescue of the crew, F/V Alaskan Monarch.
From Savage Seas; Killer Waves & Rescues, a PBS presentation