sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Boats for Sale MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Racing Cruising Int Magnetic Is RW Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Sail-World.com : Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer
Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer

'Don’t be a victim - RYA’s Safety Advisory Notice'    RYA
Earlier this year, three British seafarers lost their lives from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on two separate boats and in 2013 two people passed away on a boat in the Lake District as a result of CO poisoning. This has led the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to offer a world-wide warning to all boaters.

The RYA’s Safety Advisory Notice 01/2014 highlights the importance of ensuring that any on board appliances or equipment that burn carbon based fuel are properly installed, in good working order and have adequate ventilation and that a CO alarm is fitted.

A man and his dog were found dead on board a narrow boat on the Oxford canal and two fishermen died on board the scallop-dredger Eshcol in Whitby harbour earlier this year.

The initial findings contained in the MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2014 for the Eschcol explain how the grill of a butane gas cooker located in the wheelhouse was lit to heat the wheelhouse and sleeping area. The next morning the skipper and crewman were found dead in their bunks; the gas appliance was still lit and there were fumes in the wheelhouse. A carbon monoxide alarm was not fitted.

Be aware of the dangers

You cannot see feel, smell or taste CO but it is highly poisonous. CO poisoning is the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries which is why it is often called the silent killer.

CO in excessive quantities is produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. When CO enters the body, it replaces the oxygen in the bloodstream and prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to the heart, brain, body tissues and organs.

Any fuel burning device that is faulty, incorrectly set up and or flued, poorly ventilated or not properly maintained may generate CO. If such a device is on when boaters are sleeping, the often fatal poisoning will occur gradually during sleep with no warning or chance of waking.

Symptoms of CO poisoning

Common symptoms include headache, tiredness and being sick.

The greater the amount of CO the more severe the symptoms will get leading to weakness, loss of balance and memory.

Extreme levels may well cause collapse, unconsciousness and death.

Prevent the build-up of CO
Any appliance that burns carbon based fuels should be properly installed and serviced by someone who is competent. They will be able to ensure that there is an adequate air supply to run the appliance and that flues are properly installed where they are fitted. It is also worth buying an audible CO alarm that will immediately alert you to any carbon monoxide in your boat.

The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is identified as a critical safety issue in the RYA’s Safety Advisory Notice 01/2014. Read the Safety-Advisory-Notice and find out more information on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.


by RYA


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=119738

12:48 PM Sat 1 Mar 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show by Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends,


Are you ready to enter that marina? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida














Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,






















World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida












Shedding light on the life of former lighthouse keepers + Video by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,








The Boat Cookbook
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s
Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables
New exhibition explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs
Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone
Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinates rescue of solo sailor
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse
Dinghy Safety - More to think about
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting
New earlier date for ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar proving popular
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail
Techno-Sciences chosen for AUS/NZ MEOSAR Infrastructure Deployment
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens   
World ARC participants tour Litchfield National Park   
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'   
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'   
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising   
Death by Dinghy   
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time   
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act   
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub   
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000   
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!   
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is   
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean   
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys   
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney   
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin   
Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Rock stars of sea take to catwalk   
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru SH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT 

Page does not exist

Unfortunately the web page you were trying to reach does not exist.

Please check the web page address you entered, or try to navigate to this page from the home page at http://www.sail-world.com.