Coast Guard to share boat safety tips at “In the Round”

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler in a basket after he was rescued by the U.S. Coast in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. Cooper and Smith are NFL players, Buckley was a former USF players. They remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler in a basket after he was rescued by the U.S. Coast in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. Cooper and Smith are NFL players, Buckley was a former USF players. They remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler in a basket after he was rescued by the U.S. Coast in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. Cooper and Smith are NFL players, Buckley was a former USF players. They remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler in a basket after he was rescued by the U.S. Coast in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. Cooper and Smith are NFL players, Buckley was a former USF players. They remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

— One simple mistake can lead to tragedy costing life and limb. People read in horror how a simple boating procedure turned deadly for three prominent athletes in the waters off Tampa.

Case investigator, Jim Manson described the incident as a mistake that probably happens every day. “Overall, it’s just a mistake in anchoring,” Manson said.

The opportunity to hear and question five officials from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, of Marco Island, Tuesday evening may help boaters avoid those mistakes.

Officials will be introducing Islanders to several new safety courses and reviewing those that have been important to boaters years at Orion Bank’s next “In the Round” lecture series 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the bank, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, on the corner of Elkcam Circle.

For over 40 years, the Flotilla has provided education programs to minimize the loss of life, personal injury and property damage.

It will be all about safety, said spokesman and bank vice president Keith Dameron.

“Not just ours, but the safety of our family members and friends who we invite to share our boating experiences around Marco Island.”

Primary presenter, Doug Johnson, public education staff officer, will be joined by Flotilla Commander Robert Witte, Mike Harris, vice commander,

Arne Kelsey, public affairs officer and Lorie Cutting, a member of the public education team.

Call Orion Bank at 403-5169 for reservations.

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