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Flotilla 42 conducted it’s monthly meeting last night and the crowd pleaser was Chef Charlie Montz’s freshly caught speckled trout. The meeting was well attended with 14 members and 3 three guests.

New member Jay King was sworn in and received his Auxiliary I.D. card and member number.

Adrian Diel, Flotilla Commander Kristoffer Diel and Vice Flotilla Commander Jay Culotta were presented with awards, but father and son, Kris and Adrian were presented with multiple awards for service above and beyond the call of duty. One of Kris Diel’s awards was for recognition and appreciation of over 6,000 hours of volunteer service. The boaters of St. Tammany Parish are much safer because of the tireless efforts of this dedicated Boating Safety Instructor and Vessel Examiner. If we could only clone him!

The highlight of the meeting (beside the food) was a description and brief history of the Coast Guard’s and Coast Guard Auxiliary’s participation in the annual Fourth of July Parade in Bogalusa, Louisiana. CAPT Jim Montgomery, the DIRAUX (Director of Auxiliary, 8th Coastal Region), a resident of Bogalusa and 2009 Parade Grand Marshall, explained why the Bogalusa residents are fond of the Coast Guard, telling the story of a dramatic rescue that took place last year.

A workman had suffered a heart attack while making repairs underneath the water tower and no one could figure out how to get him down from his precarious position over 200 feet in the air. Someone remembered the flyover of a Coast Guard  helicopter in the July 4th Parade and the distress call was put out to the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse. The workman was rescued by a courageous and skillful crew from a Coast Guard helicopter whose ingenuity and resourcefulness saved another life, only this time it was far above the water, their normal environment.

We look forward to our participation in this year’s parade and the subsequent barbecue afterwards.

For more information about how you can become a part of Team Coast Guard and help to educate and protect the boaters in St. Tammany Parish, please click HERE. You are always welcome to attend one of our monthly meetings and experience first hand the fellowship and great food!

Northlake Flotilla 42 has proudly served the needs of the boating public in Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington and neighboring areas on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain for over 27 years. To learn more about us, becoming a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and how we serve to increase recreational boating safety, visit Contact Us. However, no matter where you live, you are welcome to attend any of our classes.

Become a Supporter — Be a Part of Our Mission

The Auxiliary is composed of local Flotillas that serve the needs of the communities in which the members themselves live, work and enjoy marine activities, such as fishing, hunting, boating, swimming and diving.  However, Flotillas are limited in the ways they can raise money.

Why Contribute

We need to upgrade, replace and purchase new equipment that will allow us to expand our Louisiana Boating Safety Classes to accommodate the increasing population on the Northshore that has increased dramatically since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Not even considering the normal amount of boaters who have never had a boating safety class, we are now faced with an additional 8,000± people in our area who need to take a state approved course to comply with the Louisiana law that will be enforced on July 1, 2010.

For more details and the online contribution form, click HERE.

Please spread the word and help us to help you keep the waters of St. Tammany Parish and Lake Pontchartrain safe and secure. Our primary purpose is Recreational Boating Safety and we take that responsibility very seriously.

Another boater has been lost because he was not wearing a Life Jacket, one of the first things you learn in Boating Safety. This afternoon, his body was found in the water about two hundred yards southwest of the Mandeille Harbor.

THIS MADNESS MUST STOP!

Wednesday night, 3 people in a 16 foot fiberglass boat were coming back to Mandeville Harbor when one ended overboard. Two were wearing life vests, but the man who fell overboard was not. His family said he was a strong swimmer and fished on the lake often.

SO WHAT! It does not help if he was an Olympic swimmer! When you are in the water for an extended period of time, ONLY a life jacket gives you the buoyancy to float without eventually tiring. This is the MOST important safety tool you have – USE IT!

If the water is cool or cold, hypothermia will quickly render your ability to swim a moot point because you lose control over your limbs and thus your ability to tread water or swim. Additionally, the more you exert yourself the more quickly you lose heat. Only a life jacket helps you float AND retain heat because you are not having to move about.

LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES!

The statistics are undeniable. Only about 10% of people who drown in a boating accident were wearing life jackets, That means that 90% of drownings occurred because the victim was NOT wearing a life jacket.

Which group do you want to be in? The one that survived or the one who perished? It’s up to you!

To learn more about Boating Safety in Louisiana, take the About Boating Safely Class from Northlake Flotilla 42. Click HERE for more information.

Flotilla 42 held its annual Safety Fair at the Mandeville Lakefront near Pontchartrain Yacht Club yesterday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The weather was awesome and so most people were out on the water enjoying their boats, but we had some terrific support from the Mandeville Fire and Police Departments. Chief of Police Rick Richard and Sgt. Jerald Sticker represented the Mandeville Police Department and Captain Matt Day, Paramedic Gerry Gauncheau and Paramedic Sean Brady represented the Mandeville Fire Department.

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Flotilla Commander Kristoffer Diel, Vice Flotilla Commander Jay Culotta, Secretary David Henson, Aids to Navigation Staff Officer Noel Brumfield (also known as Mr. Causeway), Flotilla Chaplain Reverend Charley Perkins Jr. and newest member Nathan Eberhardt (and family) helped hand out literature and greeted visitors. Everyone enjoyed Noel’s jambalaya and cold drinks that he graciously provided.

Unfortunately, the Coast Guard helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration was cancelled as the helicopter crew was needed elsewhere, but Vessel Examiners Kris Diel and David Henson assisted new members and VE trainees Charley Perkins Jr. and Nathan Eberhardt in performing about a dozen Vessel Safety Checks. Thanks guys for helping to keep the Northshore safer for our valuable boating public!

Flotilla 42 will continue to celebrate National Safe Boating Week with an About Boating Safely class that starts tomorrow (Monday, May 24th) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Next Saturday, May 29th, Madisonville Mayor Peter Gitz will dedicate the installation of the first SLIP (Safe Launch Information Program) boards in District 8 Coastal Region at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River public ramp, which will give the boaters current information about weather, Aids to Navigation and other current Marine Rules that will help them remain safe on the water. The display board will also have FREE, Loaner Life Jackets for boaters to use while they are on the river or lake and then return to the board when they come back in. Free Vessel Safety Checks will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. also at the ramp.

Northlake Flotilla 42 has proudly served the needs of the boating public in Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington and neighboring areas on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain for over 27 years. To learn more about us, becoming a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and how we serve to increase recreational boating safety, visit Contact Us. However, no matter where you live, you are welcome to attend any of our classes.

Photos by Jay Culotta