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In the Federal Register—Calling All Commenters

Federal Register Notice: Boating Accident Report – CLOSED Jan. 22, 2018
The current Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Form CG 3865 form will expire March 31, 2019. On Nov. 20, 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard published a 60-day Federal Register Notice indicating intent to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget for approval of an extension to the collection 1625-0003 Boating Accident Report (BAR). Deadline for public comment was Jan. 22, 2019 (www.regulations.gov, Docket USCG-2018-0881). A copy of NASBLA's Jan. 22 submission to the docket is posted at Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register - Boating Accident Report.

Although the Notice states the extension of the collection is “without change,” the proposed CG 3865 form does have some modifications to bring the Coast Guard into alignment with term changes that were authorized in CFR as a result of the 2012 issuance of the Final Rule on Changes to SNS, VIS and BARD.  The changes affect the terms for vessel types, propulsion type, fuel type, and engine type, and delete the “amount” of fire extinguishers used. For more information, click here.

See Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register for information about other recently-closed notices and final rules that impact recreational boating and RBS programs.

Meeting News

The 2019 Spring BLA Workshop was held Feb. 28-March 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, KY. On March 2, most of  NASBLA's policy committees convened for their spring in-person sessions, also in Lexington.

Going on now: The 2019 Leadership Academy is in session June 3-7, 2019, in Lexington, Ky., with the largest group of attendees in the academy's history! Keep an eye out for announcements about the 2020 session!


While the boating safety community awaits the 2018 figures, a reminder that the U.S. Coast Guard's release of its annual Recreational Boating Statistics in 2017 showed boating fatalities down 6.1 percent from the prior year, but the 658 deaths represented the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years. Check out the Lighthouse’s Get Equipped portal for links to this and previous year’s statistics.


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