There were more than 100 boating accidents in Georgia last year.Dozens were injured, and 16 people died in those incidents.State officials hope to bring those numbers down in part through boater education courses.“The lake is a big open area, as boats approach each other, boaters need to understand who has the right of way…..which vessel is considered to be the stand-on vessel, which vessel is considered to be the give-way vessel. That will determine which boat has to take what action to avoid a collision,” says Capt. Mike England with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.An audio version of this story.1:05The courses will be required for most vessel operators born after 1998.Among those exempt are boaters with Coast Guard licenses or people who took similar classes in other states.There’s another safety-related change going into effect next month.“The mandatory wear for life jackets goes from under age 10 to under age 13. So for those children under the age of 13, they are now required to wear life jackets while on a moving boat,” says England. In addition to the classroom, the safety courses are being offered online and through a home-study program. Share For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 1:05 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsAdam PlutkoFrancisco LindorIndiansMLBTwins Matt Loede Not dead yet.Just when you think it’s safe to turn all your attention to the Browns and that the Indians season is over, the team goes out and wins a game against their biggest AL Central rival, the Twins.Friday night the Tribe got some late clutch hitting, scoring four times in the 11th inning to eventually top the Twins 6-2 at Target Field.The win puts the Indians back to 5.5 back of Minnesota in the AL Central, and it also means that in 14 meetings in 2019 the Indians have won eight of them, a number that could be huge if the teams find themselves tied at seasons end.The two teams will meet five more times, two more in Target Field and then three at Progressive Field next weekend to start the Indians final homestand.The 11th inning saw a couple of heroes, some of which we will talk more about below. For now, it’s huge win for the team as they look to gain more ground over the next two days. Here’s a look at the big win for the Tribe.1. The Big 11th FrameThe Indians were holding in there with the high-powered Twins, holding them to two runs over the first 10 innings. With fans holding their breath, they put together a huge 11th inning pushing four runs across.The inning saw big hits by Roberto Perez that broke the 2-2 tie and made it 3-2, and then maybe the biggest hit of the game, an infield single by Francisco Lindor that scored another run making it 4-2.The final two runs came on a sharply lined single to left by Oscar Mercado that give the Tribe a four-run lead. The pen did the rest, and fans can finally go to bed knowing the Wahoos were in the win column in game one of the three-game series.2. The Pen The bullpen has been used so much as of late and has been struggling, but after starter Adam Plutko left the game after six good innings, the pen did a great job holding the Twins at bay.Five relievers pitched after Plutko, including Oliver Perez, Carlos Carrasco, Adam Cimber, Tyler Clippard and Nick Goody.All of them got the job done, not allowing a Twins run to score, and eventually the Indians offense finally got around to some big hits to get the win.Clippard earned the win, while Goody was good enough in the 11th needing 13 pitches with two K’s to get the job done.3. Plutko Should Get Some KudosMany Indians fans tend to groan when they know that Adam Plutko is that night’s starter, but on Friday he did an excellent job going six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.He didn’t factor in the decision by any means, but what an effort from a guy who has often been overlooked in the rotation this season.Plutko walked one and stuck out five in the six innings, throwing 90 pitches before Terry Francona went to the pen which also did an excellent job.The last time Plutko took the mound against the Twins – he allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.As of now he will take the mound a week from today when the Indians take on the Twins at Progressive Field.