America’s Boating Club meeting highlights rescues on local waters
America’s Boating Club of Sanibel Captiva held its monthly dinner meeting on March 20 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel.
Tim Barrett, training officer for the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, reminded those in attendance to know their safety equipment. He said that means keeping all safety gear in excellent condition and current – watch the expiration dates – and storing it in an accessible place on the boat for everyone.
Past Commander Jim Strothers, who leads the club’s Sanibel Emergency Rescue Assistance Team, walked the members through the search and rescue system, which is based on a newly-developed grid system. It assures a logical, thorough and informed rescue formation for emergencies on the water.
Club member Bob Simpson, who is also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, demonstrated a new electronic flare – beacon – that replaces and augments the traditional pyrotechnic flares.
Also during the meeting, the club collected donations to support the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District’s efforts to raise funding for an automated external defibrillator, or AED, for the Lighthouse Beach.
Past Commander Steve Abbott received the Distinguished Educator Award. Abbott has been an essential part of the squadron’s educational courses, serving as the leader of boating education at the local and national level. His work was recognized at the national meeting of the United States Power Squadron, when he earned the Meritorious Service Award for his dedication to boating education.