Coast Guard advises beach goers to be aware of rip currents

Coast Guard advises beach goers to be aware of rip currents
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is advising swimmers, surfers and other beachgoers to exercise caution at local beaches Wednesday due to a National Weather Service report stating a high risk of rip currents. The high risk of rip currents remains in effect until late Thursday night. According to a NWS weather report, the cause of the rip currents are swells from Tropical Storm Edouard. Swimmers,...

Coast Guard urges caution for strong swells, rip current conditions in San Francisco Bay

Coast Guard urges caution for strong swells, rip current conditions in San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is urging boaters and beach goers to exercise caution in and around the waters of San Francisco Bay due to strong swells causing increased rip current conditions over the next few days. Strong southwesterly swells are anticipated to impact coastal sections of Marin and Santa Cruz counties, causing dangerous rip current conditions. Coastal weather hazards are expected...

Coast Guard establishes Special Local Regulation for Combate Grand Prix speed boat race in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard establishes Special Local Regulation for Combate Grand Prix speed boat race in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
CABO ROJO, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard has established a Special Local Regulation on the waters off Combate Beach in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico to be in effect from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday during the Combate Grand Prix high speed boat races. Approximately 40 high-speed boats will be participating in the Combate Grand Prix speed boat race. It is critical that spectators and boaters observe the boundaries...

Freighter American Spirit cleared to get underway to next port of call

Freighter American Spirit cleared to get underway to next port of call
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., – The American Spirit, a 1004-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the Straits of Mackinac since Thursday afternoon and which was refloated early Friday morning, has been cleared by Coast Guard marine inspectors to proceed to its next port of call. After being refloated, the freighter anchored in St. Ignace, Michigan, where it was inspected by Coast Guard marine...

Mysterious haze temporarily closes portion of Mississippi River

Mysterious haze temporarily closes portion of Mississippi River
BATON ROUGE, La. —The Coast Guard temporarily closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 205 to 215 near Plaquemine Point due to an unknown white haze, Friday morning Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge received notifications about the haze at 9 a.m. The Coast Guard, in conjunction with several first responders including local parish fire departments, Louisiana Department...

1004-foot freighter aground in Straits of Mackinac is refloated

1004-foot freighter aground in Straits of Mackinac is refloated
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., – The 1004-foot freighter American Spirit that had been hard aground in the Straits of Mackinac since Thursday afternoon, was refloated early Friday morning. The vessel is making way to St. Ignace, Michigan, where it will anchor. Coast Guard marine inspectors and American Bureau Shipping surveyors will inspect the vessel prior to the vessel getting underway again. At 6:30...

Mexican shirmping fleet leaves Brownsville after Tropical Storm Dolly passes

Mexican shirmping fleet leaves Brownsville after Tropical Storm Dolly passes
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Port of Brownsville returned to normal operations Thursday, after the departure of two Mexican shrimp fleets that sought safe harbor ahead of Tropical Storm Dolly. The Coast Guard started receiving requests at 10 a.m. on Tuesday from the Mexican shrimp fleets homeported in Tampico and Campeche, Mexico, for their vessels to seek safe harbor from 13-foot seas and high winds....

Coast Guard to establish safety zone for Star Spangled Spectacular

Coast Guard to establish safety zone for Star Spangled Spectacular
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone Sept. 11 to Sept. 14 on specified waters of the Patapsco River and the Inner Harbor for the Star Spangled Spectacular. The safety zone will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sept. 11 to Sept. 14, which will limit or prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users. The regulated area will be in place within...

Mexican fishing vessels seek safe harbor ahead of Tropical Storm Dolly

Mexican fishing vessels seek safe harbor ahead of Tropical Storm Dolly
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — State and Federal agencies, along with Port of Brownsville and Port Isabel officials, are working together to provide safe harbor in the Port of Brownsville for 45 Mexican fishing vessels seeking refuge ahead of Tropical Storm Dolly, Tuesday. On Monday, 13-foot seas chased these vessels north from the Bay of Campeche. Seas off of South Padre Island were forecasted for 11...