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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
836 AM EDT THU MAY 21 2015

...SAFE NAVIGATION IN FOG...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL
SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

CHANCES ARE THAT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE WATER...YOU WILL AT LEAST
OCCASIONALLY ENCOUNTER REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG AND YOU WILL NEED
TO KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH IT SAFELY.  FOG FORMS WHEN AIR OVER
A WARM WATER SURFACE IS TRANSPORTED OVER A COLDER WATER SURFACE
RESULTING IN COOLING AND CONDENSATION. FOG IS USUALLY CONSIDERED
DENSE IF IT REDUCES VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE MILE. IT CAN FORM
QUICKLY AND CATCH BOATERS OFF GUARD. VISIBILITY CAN BE REDUCED
TO A FEW FEET...DISORIENTING BOATERS. LEARNING TO NAVIGATE
THROUGH FOG OR AVOIDING IT IS CRITICAL TO SAFE BOATING.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER FOG...NAVIGATE AT A SLOWER THAN NORMAL SPEED.
SLOWING DOWN WILL HELP YOU AVOID COLLISIONS.

TURN ON ON ALL OF YOUR RUNNING LIGHTS...EVEN IN DAY TIME.

LISTEN FOR SOUNDS OF OTHER BOATS THAT MAY BE NEAR YOU...OR FOR
FOG HORNS AND BELLS FROM NEARBY BUOYS.

VHF NOAA WEATHER RADIO SHOULD BROADCAST IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CONCERNING THE FORMATION...MOVEMENT OR DISSIPATION OF THE FOG.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION.

IF YOUR VESSEL HAS RADAR...IT CAN BE USED TO HELP YOU LOCATE DANGERS
THAT MAY BE AROUND YOU.

USE GPS OR A NAVIGATION CHART TO HELP OBTAIN A FIX ON YOUR LOCATION.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET YOUR BEARINGS...STAY PUT UNTIL THE FOG
LIFTS BUT MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN A SAFE LOCATION.

BE FAMILIAR WITH HORN AND BELL SOUNDS THAT SHOULD BE PRODUCED TO
WARN OTHERS AROUND YOU IN THE DENSE FOG.

HAVE A COMPASS AVAILABLE. EVEN IF YOU DONT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN
THE FOG...WITH A COMPASS YOU CAN DETERMINE THE DIRECTION YOU ARE
NAVIGATING.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE
AT HTTP://WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.  VISIT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV.
$$

LOMBARDY






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