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Without the assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard there would no doubt be many more fatalities from distressed boat and ships out off the North Carolina coast. They are pleased to announce a new communication system that will help better locate boaters in distress out on our waters.

The main reason that the U.S. Coast Guard created Rescue 21 was to harness the latest cutting edge technology to enable them to execute search and rescue missions with greater efficiency. The system increases communication coverage by using a series of buoys and towers that can transmit signals up to 20 miles away.

Coast Guard spokesperson Jim Moore says, "It allows us to spend less time searching and more time actually rescuing." Coast Guard officials warn that the new system isn’t error proof and say that increased safety gear onboard any vessel will increase your chance of being rescued.

It is always advisable to follow all safety rule and boating laws when operating a boat in any water, especially the open seas. Storms can come on without warning in the Atlantic and North Carolina’s coastline is notorious for unexpected shallows known as shoals. As injury lawyers we want you to be safe while enjoying this immensely popular pastime of boating. It is comforting to know that the Coast Guard is there to help and now able to do their job even better, however, nothing compares to the wise observation of boating laws and regulations and following safe procedures.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper,Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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