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Below is an email from Nancy Brous, sent on May 7th to her kayak group. She is the person who contacted the Coast Guard to now require four loud horns each time a ferry boat docks at 6:00 AM, awakening thousands of people.
as the boating season gets underway i have been talking with the coast guard about the ongoing issue wherein ferry captains too often fail to use audible signals when they depart their terminals, causing an unsafe situation for ALL marine traffic.
the cg has asked again that our community record and submit reports of these incidents.
i know many of you dont have writing implements at the ready while on the water, but it would be a HUGE help if you can try to make a mental note when on the water of any time you see a ferry depart without signaling, and then report it as follows:
info to include:
location (eg hudson river near 38th street ferry terminal or Fulton Ferry
Landing) ferry operator (eg NY Waterways or East River Ferry) ferry name (typically difficult to see / read but helpful if you can include it) date time direction ferry went (north, south, etc)
better yet, for those of you with video capabilities “on board”, any video with sound that we can submit is worth a thousand words.
it can all be sent to email@example.com and i will forward them in batches to the cg on a weekly or similar basis.
thanks in advance for sharing this with your lists, fellow boaters (including motorized boaters), and for doing your part to make the harbor safer for all users.