Comments sought on engine shutdown rule

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The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council recommendation that would require recreational vessel operators to turn off their engine if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes or carbon monoxide poisoning.

The NMMA is working on its comments and welcomes input on this issue.

To provide feedback or join the NMMA task force on the matter, contact Cindy Squires at 202-737-9766 or

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The Coast Guard is also seeking public comment on a separate safety council recommendation about potential ways to improve the recreational boating accident reporting process. The council has recommended that the Coast Guard use a two-tiered reporting system for boating accidents and take steps to clarify what, how and when information is reported. Comments must be submitted by Dec. 5.


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