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Marine towing, salvage, dive and dock repair on Lake Cumberland, KY

Cobalt 19' Bowrider, 1987 with a 260 HP MerCruiser V8 and Alpha outdrive. Boat is in excellent overall condition. This is a 2 owner boat that has spent it's whole life here on lake Cumberland It has a new mooring cover. Comes with the original trailer that has just had the bearings and seals serviced. This is a great boat and ready to go. $5100.00. Located in Jamestown. Call me to see it.

Couple more pics from last night's training session before it got dark.

Helping the Coast Guard out this evening. They wanted to do some towing exercises with some new recruits, so we offered up a Towboat for them to pull around and practice with.

Adair County Search and Rescue has ceased operation

Adair County Search and Rescue is closing its doors.

Leaving Wolf Creek Marina yesterday, heading into the storm and against all the boats running from it.

I would like to thank and congratulate Jeff K. at Wolf Creek Marina for allowing us to sell and install the very first automatic "Touchless Boat Cover" on Lake Cumberland. Jeff owns a 35' Formula, which is stored on a HydroHoist lift in a 18'x50' slip. The Touchless Boat Cover is 40' long, 13' wide and provides 10'6" of side coverage. This covers the entire boat, while raised on the lift, keeping it out of any rain, sunlight, bird and spider droppings. The remote control raises and lowers the cover at the push of a button. These are fully ventilated and rated to 100MPH wind load. There are different versions for uncovered slips as well. These are very popular on other lakes, but this is the first one on Cumberland. We are the dealer for Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow Lake, Green River lake, and Laurel Lake. Thank you to Wolf Creek Marina for allowing us to begin installing these for those that want them. See

Jamestown fire dive/rescue

Ryan Adams from new Richmond Ohio. Lost his wallet on September 7th 2017 while stepping between boats while the family was on vacation. Now fast forward 2 years later the wallet was found by the Jamestown fire department’s dive rescue team on June 23rd in about 60 feet under water during a routine training operation. Adams stated that he had approximately $250 in the wallet. After years underwater most of the money had disintegrated and was essentially ruined. (We don’t want anyone thinking that we took the money. It was in such poor condition the banks would not be able to even recognize nor would they even attempt to replace) the remnants of the cash was actually returned to the wallet after it was dried. Ryan and family were passing through the area again today and was happy to have his wallet back with the peace of mind knowing that no one else had it. Two members from the dive team met with Ryan at the Jamestown fire department and presented his lost wallet back to him. We are truly here for the people of this community and the ones that visit.

Ongoing dive training.

Jamestown Fire department was out doing some dive training this weekend

Last year-- this year. Now members, because when it comes to a boat, you just never know. Might not have happened to you in 20 years on the lake, but having a service plan with us ensures we will be here when that streak runs out.

Let's talk about this holiday week at hand.

You absolutely have to have a sober person driving the boat, PERIOD.

If you think I am stretching the truth, go ahead and test that theory out this week. Impaired boat operation is the leading cause of injury and death on the water, so it is the number one focus of law enforcement on the water, in order to keep the general boating public as safe as possible.

It can be argued that this week surrounding the 4th of July holiday is generally the busiest week on this lake for the whole year. That means law enforcement will be out in force as well, and we may even get our normal visit from the US Coast Guard this week tool. When the Coast Guard is here, you can expect to be boarded and your boat inspected for proper gear and equipment as well as safe operation.

So, here is another of my "advice for free" articles for you to complain about being too long. If you do not want to meet any of these folks in person, you need to pay attention here.

1) ALWAYS have a sober boat driver.
2) Always keep any alcoholic beverage out of public view
3) Always travel at IDLE speed near a commercial marina or designated "IDLE SPEED" marked area.
4) Make sure your registration stickers are up to date and you have the current documentation on board for inspection.
5) Do not allow passengers anywhere there is not approved underway seating.
6) Do not run any other lighting other than the approved required navigation lighting after dusk. No LED's, no tower lights, no docking lights (headlights).
7) Keep to the right, just as in a car.
8) When you get boarded by the Coast Guard, be respectful because they will continue whether or not you are pleasant. The outcome may be different however.
9 When traveling on the lake in the dark do so at a safe speed for your experience level and keep all lights inside the boat turned off to preserve your night vision.
10) Obviously, make sure you have the correct sized PFD for every person on board and make sure they are available, not wrapped in plastic and buried under everything way down in some storage area.

I cannot stress enough to have your stuff together for sure this week to 14 day period. I would like nothing better than to hear a great report about Lake Cumberland this time around. Please take my advice and operate in a safe, considerate manner and we will all have fun!

I realize the pic is a little negative, but I wanted to get your attention.

Brianna Clark

Probably not a tornado by the looks of this video. I have been on a dock where the a microburst before a thunderstorm actually lifted the dock fingers almost out o the water. The roofs definitely catch a ton of wind and can lift just like that. This vid was of Moor's Marina in west KY over the past weekend.

NEW VIDEO: Sunday’s storm captured on surveillance video shows people on the dock as the EF1 tornado ripped through Moors Marina. #MoorsMarina

Marine Assist and KY Fish and Wildlife received a few calls late last week regarding a sunken bass boat in Caney Creek. We went out today to find a swamped, abandoned and what appeared to be an intentionally dumped boat in the lake. We towed it to pleasant Hill, removed it from the water and have it at our shop, awaiting law enforcement to identify the owner and begin the process of citing them for Felony - Illegal Dumping. DO NOT try and dispose of your junk boat in this lake. You will be responsible for all the fines and cleanup.

Marine Assist's cover photo

[06/17/19]   It sounded to me like most people had a great weekend at the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run. I'm glad it went off well. I didn't get to spend any time at the dock during the event, unfortunately.

My request today is this. If any of you took any pics of us doing whet we do on the lake over the past couple weeks, post them up here or message them to me. Over the years you folks have taken some really good ones of us that I have used for all sorts of things. Thank you!

Jamestown fire dive/rescue

Jamestown Fire Department Dive Rescue.

We will be on the water Saturday. If you see us give us a wave or ease over and chat with us. More importantly however please be safe!

Today is National Flag Day. Marine Assist approves!

[06/14/19]   Looks to be a beautiful forecast for today and Saturday for the Thunder Run. Remember to keep your drinks in a koozie or cup, make sure your navigation lights work and you have the proper safety equipment on board, do not run your underwater LED's or docking lights while underway, wear your kill switch lanyard and try to keep right. Do your best to keep off to the sides during the start of the run, especially in the morning/early afternoon. Some of these boats will run up on you pretty quickly.

And.... have a great weekend!

Crossing another boat's wake - appropriate for the upcoming weekend?

There is no doubt Lake Cumberland can get busy on the weekends through the summer. There is also little doubt the boaters on the lake come in a whole array of experience levels, boat types, and attitudes. The key to your own comfort and safety on the water is knowing how YOU should handle situations yourself to keep you and your passengers safer when crossing another boat's wake. Personal injury from improper boat handling of boat wakes is second only to injuries sustained from slip and falls while boarding and getting off boats, so it kinda important.

1) First off, it is best to keep to the right on the lake. It is basically a river system, so rules for keeping to the right of center apply and should be followed simply as a best practice. If everyone adhered to this simple rule and passed oncoming boats as if they were cars on the road, the distances between boats would be larger and the waves therefore smaller by the time they reach you. On any given weekend right now, people all try and cut corners and all end up in the same space with confused boat wakes making a rough ride for all.

2) When you see a large enough boat wake coming at you where you know you will need to act, let your passengers know to be ready and to have a seat beforehand.

3) Boat wakes should be crossed at a 45* angle. You do not turn directly into them. You ride into them at an angle and allow the boat to slightly roll over them. If you head straight on into the wave, you will stuff the bow of your boat in the second following wave.

4) Slow down when approaching large wakes. If you slow your boat to where it just comes off plane when heading 45* into the oncoming wave, the boat will have it's bow raised "cushioning" the oncoming wave and keeping it from washing over the front. (this is of course assuming all 10 people in your boat are not in the front seats! LOL)

5) Bring your boat back up on plane after crossing over and try to run on plane most of the time. Running around plowing water everywhere is hard on the boat, creates larger than needed boat wakes and burns a bunch more gas than needed.

6) Wear your kill switch lanyard in rough conditions (really all the time to be truthful). If you get jostled away from the helm in rough conditions the boat will continue on without you controlling it. The kill switch will stop the engine, if you fall away from the helm and possibly save lives.

Really, if more people would keep to the right, things would improve on the really busy weekends. Pretend there is a wide, grass median down the center of the lake and everyone stays to the right of it. The wakes from oncoming boats dissipate as the get further from their source, so they become less of a problem trying to cross.

Anyway, just some food for thought while you are out amongst the crowd this weekend at the Thunder Run. AND PLEASE do your best to stay out of the path of these guys, Please. Stay off to the sides and watch the show. It is going to be a beautiful weekend and we don't need any mishaps to scar it.

Thank you.

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Jamestown fire dive/rescue

This is the new page for the Jamestown Fire Department and Dive Rescue department. Like it to follow along.

The dive team recently had a few members go through dive training and get certified and or upgraded. The senior members of this group probably have more time in the water at Lake Cumberland, around these docks and boats working with me at Marine Assist than anyone in the lake area. That is a big deal when it comes to when help is needed. Experience in the water in near zero visibility and in all kinds of situations are what prepare people for when the need arises.

The team is currently working on requesting several grants for upgrades to equipment to make the entire lake area safer for all.

Jamestown fire department dive team

Russell County high school bass fishing team finished 4th in the state championship today. Congratulations! Great finish for a new team.

Again, continuing on my 20th anniversary throwback theme.......

MARINE ASSIST was called to the scene of a marina fire at Wisdom Dock on Dale Hollow lake in Mid- December, 2010. There were several boats burned, a couple scorched and then a few sunk. I surveyed the damage the day after the fire, but was not allowed in to do recovery work for another day or so. In that time, the boats had sunk. It was an unusual situation, because at the end of the dock fingers, there were cables, which created an "X", for finger stability. Well, when the first boat sank, the cables directed it to the middle of the shared slip, so when the second boat sank, the same thing happened, causing the second boat to fall right into the first boat's hull. That made it a challenge for the diver's to figure out which boats' cleat they were attaching to. Visibility in the water was 0. Water temp was in the 40's. Air temp in the 20's, and as you see it snowed during the process. When we came back from having Christmas off, I stepped into the towboat onto the white deck, which masked the snow and ice that was there, so I fell on the towpost and broke 2 ribs. We all continued on until the last boat was removed. Henderson boat repair did all the hauling out of the water and disposal. In the end it was determined a propane gas grill tank, stored inside one of the boat hulls was to blame. It apparently vented off some gas in the bilge of the boat and when the heat kicked on - boom. 5 boats gone before it was under control.

Marine Assist

Marine Assist's cover photo

Have you joined yet? A tow plan not only benefits the boat owner, but also their friends by not having to ask them to take time away from their recreation to help.

Aquatic Dreams Diving Scuba

This past weekend was our annual Rescue Diver weekend and it was a busy one. We had the members of the Jamestown Water Rescue team up at White Rock park for the weekend completing medical classes as well their Advanced Rescue Diver class, as well as several other folks who joined us for the weekend

Congratulations to Michael Clark, Lori N Keith Scholl, Chris Money, Brad Bucklin, Lisa J. Morris, Johnny Lewis, and Austin Schultz for completing their Advanced Rescue Diver course and earning their certification.

Congratulations to the folks above as well as Jacob Blommel for completing their DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers medical class. They received training in Basic Life Support/First Aid, CPR, AED units, Emergency Oxygen, as well as Neurological Assessment of injured victims.

Congratulations to Tanner Morris for completing his Rescue Diver certification as well as his DAN Basic Life Support and CPR classes. Tanner plans on moving on to Advanced Rescue Diver after his 17th birthday

And a congratulations to Courtney Blommel for completing four of her required dives for Advanced Diver. We look forward to diving again soon and finishing her class

As you can tell, it was a crazy weekend for these folks but very proud to have had the chance to teach them and look forward to the next dive!

[06/03/19]   Just to avoid and confusion or misinformation, MARINE ASSIST has ALWAYS covered it's service plan holders to be towed back to their point of origin on Lake Cumberland, and up to 30 miles or nearest port of assistance while on Lake Erie. People tend to ask me that from time to time.

Now, your insurance company, most will only cover to the nearest port of assistance and will have a cap on dollar amount reimbursement.

Now you know. If anyone still has questions, call me. I'm right here all the time. 877-662-2555.

[06/01/19]   If you swim in the marina or near a private dock that has electric to it, PLEASE read this article. You need to understand the danger you put your loved ones in by allowing them to continue to swim around the boats and docks.

ESDPA Position Statement on swimming with "Green Light Devices":
​First a little background. When an electric fault occurs in wiring or equipment at a dock, the water around the dock can become electrified. It could be a small amount of electricity that causes a tingling sensation, or enough to cause paralysis resulting in drowning, or even immediate cardiac arrest. One never knows how or when these faults will appear. The fault condition can produce mild effects at one location and devastating effects at another. Intentionally entering the water in the vicinity of the dock equipped with electrical wiring and equipment is not unlike playing Russian Roulette. If in the water when the fault condition exists or occurs, the result can be fatal.

So what are "green light devices?" They are products intended to alert one to the presence of electricity in the water. They detect and measure voltages that appear where they’re not supposed to (like in the water near a dock). They are considered “green light devices” when used to indicate by some visual means (such as a green indicator) that it’s safe to enter or be in the water; and by some form of visual and audible indication when it is not.

These alarm systems create a false sense of safety when used as a “swimming green light” and are of serious to concern to the ESDPA. These alarm devices are reactive in nature; not predictive. They don't warn of impending danger; they indicate only that the danger exists. When that inviting green light is on, areas adjacent to docks could be populated with numerous swimmers. And then, out of the blue, the fault condition strikes. Depending on its location and nature, many people could be suddenly, and without notice, seriously affected. Some might feel just a tingle and have the ability and presence of mind to swim away. Others will panic and swim toward the supposed "safe haven" of the dock itself (the source of the electricity) and become ESD victims. Those already too close may drown or be electrocuted before any response is possible. So, while the green light device could save lives, it is also possible that others could experience a serious injury or life-ending disaster.

Codes and standards are designed to provide an acceptable margin of safety for anyone who might accidentally find themselves in the water around an electrically-equipped dock. Codes and standards are not intended to be a “green light” for swimming or entering the water.

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), such as those found in bathrooms and kitchens, are designed to turn off the power when electricity “escapes” from the circuit into places where it can injure or kill. GFCIs are generally required for wet locations (including dock electrical systems) by codes and standards. They are somewhat fragile electronic devices subject to the same environmental harshness as any other part of a waterfront electrical system. GFCIs can and do fail, too often without switching off the power. This is why you should NEVER purposefully put yourself, or any other family member, friend, guest, pet, etc., in a position where they rely on one of these devices to ensure their safety.

Swimming with electricity is dangerous! Would you grab a hair dryer and jump in the bath tub? Even if the device was protected by its own GFCI? That’s exactly what you are doing when you jump in the water around a dock using electrical power for any purpose (boats, boat lifts, lighting, appliances, etc.). Is it worth the risk for a purely recreational activity?

Our research has led us to the conclusion that not one single life would have been lost had people not been in the water near the electrical fault. In fact, most all of the accidents occurred in close proximity to the source of the electricity. A distance of 150 feet from any and all electrical wiring and equipment provides reasonable assurance of very low risk of harm in a worst case ESD scenario. Accordingly, the ESDPA strongly recommends no swimming or entry into the water whatsoever within 150 feet of any electrical source on the water, in the water, or at the water’s edge.

The use of electricity around recreational waters has grown exponentially over the past few decades. We must change the culture of swimming and recreating in our freshwater lakes, rivers and basins. Electrical safety has to be made a major concern.

Monitoring devices used as a “green light” to indicate it is safe to swim around electrified docks will put a lot of people at great risk. Staying out of these potentially dangerous waters for recreation is the only way to eliminate the risk. If used solely to alert an owner that there are electrical safety problems on the dock, then the ESDPA fully supports their use. But NEVER as a “green light” for swimming or other in-water activity.

Click here to download a printable version of the ESDPA Position Statement on "Green Light Devices".

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