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America’s Boating Club meeting highlights rescues on local waters

By Staff | Mar 27, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Jim Strothers, past commander of America’s Boating Club of Sanibel Captiva, and Tim Barrett, the training officer for the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, address the club at its recent meeting.

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.

PHOTO PROVIDED Past Commander Steve Abbott receives the Distinguished Educator Award from Past Commander Bill Hay and District 22 Education Officer John Nason.

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.